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Errors and contradictions in the Baha'i writings.

The following is a compilation of errors and contradictions in various Baha'i
writings when compared to the writings of Baha'u'llah or other writings
by the same author. The thesis of this compilation is that the writings of
the Guardian, the House and Abdu'l-Baha are not infallible (i.e. free from
error), but do in fact contain contradictions to fundamental teachings of
the Prophet, Baha'u'llah, or are self-contradictory -- obviously an issue
with serious implications. For the sake of the truth and correct guidance,
such contradictions need to be addressed. (Links to detailed references at
the bottom of this page.)

The writings of Baha'u'llah, the Most Great Infallibility, constitute the
absolute standard of truth regarding Baha'i teachings and principles. On this
basis, writings that contradict or significantly depart from the writings of
Baha'u'llah are highlighted. The writings of Baha'u'llah are in Blue, the
writings being compared to Baha'u'llah's are in Green, additional references
are in Lavender and comments are in Black.

However, the Most Great Infallibility is confined to the One Whose station
is immeasurably exalted beyond ordinances or prohibitions and is sanctified
from errors and omissions. Indeed He is a Light which is not followed by
darkness and a Truth not overtaken by error. Were He to pronounce water
to be wine or heaven to be earth or light to be fire, He speaketh the
truth and no doubt would there be about it; and unto no one is given the
right to question His authority or to say why or wherefore. Whosoever
raiseth objections will be numbered with the froward in the Book of God,
the Lord of the worlds. `Verily He shall not be asked of His doings but
all others shall be asked of their doings.'  He is come from the invisible
heaven, bearing the banner `He doeth whatsoever He willeth' and is accompanied
by hosts of power and authority while it is the duty of all besides Him to
strictly observe whatever laws and ordinances have been enjoined upon them,
and should anyone deviate therefrom, even to the extent of a hair's breadth,
his work would be brought to naught.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 108

But he whose words conflict with that which hath been sent down in My
Holy Tablets is not of Me. Beware lest ye follow any impious pretender.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 61

Every subject presented to a thoughtful audience must be supported by
rational proofs and logical arguments.
-- Abdu'l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 86
 

1. Contradictory passages on effects of a lack of formal education -- "[uneducated] Africans are as wandering savages and wild animals".

2. Contradictory passages on Divine Unity -- Islam discredited by schism.

3. Contradictory passages on Baha'i Theocracy and non-involvement in politics.

4. Contradictory passages on the Prophethood (lesser) of Imam Husayn -- Baha'u'llah is the Return of Imam Husayn.

5. Contradictory passages on the meaning of the term, "Manifestation of God".

6. Contradictory passages regarding Confucious being a Prophet.

7. Christ did not appoint a successor whose word was a gateway of truth.

8. Contradictory passages on the timing of the Lesser Peace.

9. Elders four and twenty.

10. Contradictory passages on shunning.

11. Contradictory passages on infallibility.

12. Study of Quran is absolutely indispensable to adequately understand Baha'u'llah's writings.