Stephen A. Fuqua (SAF) is a Bahá'í, programmer, and conservation and interfaith advocate in the DFW area of Texas.

May 3, 2006

"Deluded Masses" in 1844

In a story on the DaVinci code, an unnamed Associated Press journalist writes in reference to the fervor surrounding the book and upcoming movie, "Bart Ehrman, religion chair at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, likens the phenomenon to the excitement in the 19th century when deluded masses thought Jesus would return in 1844."

This of course is a reference to William Miller's followers But just what do they mean by deluded? If they mean that Christ did not return in the manner that they expected, then perhaps this word "deluded" is meaningful. But if it means that Christ did not return, then I'm sorry to say that this journalist has not bothered to investigate the matter at all. Of course this is hardly surprising as most people do not bother to question the religious truths handed down to them. While we can certainly debate the merits of His claim, there is at least one individual in 1844 who claimed to fulfil the prophecies of old: Sayyid 'Alí Muhammad, the Báb ("gate" in Arabic).

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Is the world ready for the Truth yet?

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Here is Wisdom!!

Frankly I believe that "faith" is much bigger than that thing of which you speak. Every moment of every day we, all humans, have faith in many things — and our lives could not continue without becoming unhinged if we did not have faith that gravity will continue, that the ground beneath our feet would not fall away in a cascading flow of dirt. That could happen, but as soon as we lose faith that it will not, we cannot function properly.

Faith gives us a framework within which to seek truth and wisdom. Archimedes famously said that, given a place to stand, he could use the screw (his invention) to move the Earth. Faith is the standing place to move and investigate truth and wisdom.

I am inclined to give people the benefit of the doubt, if they give me some reason to do so. But your tone does nothing to invite me, an individual already confident in his faith, to investigate your claims any further. Bahá'u'llá has already decoded the symbolism and explained the mysteries to my satisfaction (see for instance the short book Gems of Divine Mysteries or His seminal explanation of historical religious themes and revelations, the Kitáb-i-Íqán ("Book of Certitude").