Baha’is believe in Jesus Christ. In fact, Baha’is consider themselves the spiritual inheritors of the Christian Faith, much as Christians consider themselves the inheritors of the Jewish Faith.
Baha’is do believe that Jesus Christ was the Messiah for mankind. While many have focused more on the death of Christ, Baha’is feel that the actual life of Jesus is the most important aspect of His Ministry. Therefore, they turn to the example that He left as His most lasting legacy. Jesus Christ was a completely loving and forgiving Figure and represented a Being that showed mankind how to truly ‘love thy neighbor,’ and to be truly forgiving enough to ‘turn the other cheek.’ While so many Christians focus on the bloody end of their Messiah—Baha’is see the glorious and noble life that Christ lived as His greatest gift to humanity.
Baha’is also believe that the Bible (Old and New Testaments) is a Holy Book that contains the inspired Word of God. As Abdu’l-Baha said, “Hence these verses of the Bible have numerous meanings.” (Abdu’l-Baha, SAQ, p. 123). The Baha’i interpretation of the Bible offers a truly unifying paradigm for all followers of Jesus Christ. It is unifying because the Baha’i interpretation allows the Bible to fit naturally with all other religions of the world where the followers of Christ become the spiritual brothers and sisters of all mankind.