Christianity vs. Astrology
About 5,000 years ago the Chaldeans concluded the planets were life-giving forces that determined the destiny of man. The fact almost every newspaper in North America features daily horoscopes indicates that man hasn’t progressed very far. Is it really reasonable to assume that non-life (planets, the sun and moon) controls life (you and I)? Hunt and McMahon write in their America: The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice:
Since mind is non-physical, it must exist in a different dimension from the space-matter-time continuum of cosmic rays and intergalactic forces and atomic rhythms. Consequently, mind and consciousness must be independent of planetary force fields. If this is indeed the case, then it cannot be true, as astrology claims, that the positions of certain planets in relation to the place and date of one’s birth determine personality and destiny. Astrology must be a myth – yet it has consistently maintained an almost unbreakable hold over hundreds of millions of the world’s population…..
From the very beginning, astrologers have failed to take into account a wobble in the earth’s axis that has changed the positions of the stars relative to the earth, moving the zodiacal signs almost a full position since the second century….. The constellation Aries is now in the position assigned by the zodiac to be the sign of Taurus and so on.
Christianity vs. Bahaism
J.K. van Baalen writes in his The Chaos of Cults: Bahaism is of Persian Mohammedian origin, tracing its beginning to the Mohammedan belief “that the last true successor of Mohammed who disappeared in the tenth century never died, but is still living in a mysterious city, surrounded by a band of faithful disciples and ‘that at the end of time he will issue forth and fill the earth with justice after it had been filled with iniquity!’ ” This hidden successor is said to have revealed himself from time to time.
Sometime in the 1850’s a fellow by the name of Mirza Husayn Ali announced himself as this mysterious missing successor of Mohammed and became known as Baha’-u’llah, meaning The Glory of God. To his worshippers, who began to call themselves Bahais, this fellow was God Himself. After Baha’-u’llah’s death his son took over and was called ‘Abdu’l-Baha (The Servant of God) and it was his role to dispense his father’s insights.
Like Christ, Baha’-u’llah was considered to be a manifestation of God. Bahaism teaches that when Christ instructed his followers to “watch and pray” for His return, He actually meant “Receive Baha’u’llah.”
‘Abdu’l-Baha came to the U.S., the Bahai faith took root in Chicago, and from that time and place spread throughout North America.