The question was asked:
Im an agnostic but am considering converting to Baha’i.?
It is a major religion with 9 million members…. I’ve studied it for 1 year now and i think its the most logical religion on Earth, even though i still doubt the existence of a deity.
9 million is a bit of a stretch. Adherants.com says 7 million. The official Bahai website at the international level says “There are currently more than five million Bahá’ís resident in some 100,000 localities in every part of the world.”
All the more reason to join – your presence can make a difference. Not in the numbers game, but because it is a relatively small and young religion (160 years old), and it’s exciting to be part of it while it’s developing. Imagine you could be a Christian in the Roman Empire of the second century.
Agnosticism is a perfectly reasonable starting position, if you are saying that the existence of God is not provable or disprovable by rational means alone. Most religious traditions including Bahai would agree. Rational arguments are at most a theory about what is over the hill: you don’t really need them, to go an see for yourself, and until you’ve walked the walk and smelled the roses, they’re academic. Religions give spiritual practices and devotions and rituals and service activities that you DO rather than rationalise about. In the case of Bahai, these haven’t grown willy nilly over the centuries, mixed up with cultural factors: the pattern of the Bahai life is in the Bahai scriptures, and you are free to understand them for yourself and shape your own Bahai life.
In religion, you have to do it to ‘get’ it.
In Bahai, you have to do it to get it.
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