Tuesday, March 18, 2008

On Responding to Trolls: An Exemplary Response on Baha'i Library Forum

See how Loren and other Baha'is respond to a provocative questioner on Baha'i Library Forum. -gw

If you share a different view than us, its ok. We are each entitled to our own search, and to our own beliefs. At the end of the day and the end of life we are each individually and ultimately accountable to our God. Luckily for humanity, God is the most compassionate, the most merciful, and the most forgiving.

I would invite you put aside your attacks, and give us a chance. What harm would be done if you actually investigated our faith free from your preconceived notions before making your conclusion? You might not become a Baha'i after doing so, but I think you might find that ours is a beautiful faith and that we are a good people. Maybe then you could "live and let live" so to speak. If you investigate with openness and find us to be something other than what I have suggested, then perhaps the admonitions in your own book might be sufficient reason for you not to cause discord with us:

"Say: O disbelievers! I worship not that which ye worship; Nor worship ye that which I worship. And I shall not worship that which ye worship. Nor will ye worship that which I worship. Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion." (surat al-kafirun)

"And if he be a liar on him is the sin of his lie: but, if he is telling the Truth, then upon you will fall something of which he warns you: truly God guides not him who is a transgressor and liar!" (Qur'an 40:28).

"Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clear from error; whoever rejects evil and believes in God hath grasped the most trustworthy handle, that never breaks. And God heareth and knoweth all things. God is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith their patrons are the Evil Ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein" (Qur'an 2:256-7).


1 comment:

Barmak Kusha said...

Nice. Very nice. Or "right on!" as one might say. Or "Bam!" Or.... you get what I mean...