Baha’u’llah may have been inspired by God, but he didn’t always get everything right. For example, in his “Tablet of Wisdom” he wrote that “Empedocles, who distinguished himself in philosophy, was a contemporary of David,
Ref: Lawh-i-Hikmat (“Tablet of Wisdom”). Official Baha’i translation in Tablets of Baha’u’llah Revealed After the Kitab-i-Aqdas (Wilmette, 111.: US Bahai Publishing Trust, 1988 pocket-size edition), p. 145.
while Pythagoras lived in the days of Solomon, son of David.” In fact, the Greek philosopher Empedocles lived about 500 years after the Israelite King David, and Pythagoras lived about 400 years after Solomon. Even the order in which the two philosophers lived was reversed by Baha’u’llah. If he was a Manifestation of God, he was also a mere human, and the limitations and errors of his human mind sometimes interfered with the transmission of divine knowledge by the Manifestation.
‘Abdu’l-Baha also made false prophecies. For example, he predicted “the unity of nations—a unity which in this century [i.e. the 20th century] will be securely established, causing all the peoples of the world to regard themselves as citizens of one common fatherland.”
Ref: Tablet of ‘Abdu’l-Baha quoted by Shoghi Effendi in The World Order of Bahaullah (US Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1991 first pocket-size edition), p. 39.
He said that peace “will be universal in the twentieth century. … By international agreement [the nations] will lay down their arms and the great era of peace will be ushered in.”
Ref: ‘Abdu’l-Baha, quoted in “’Abdu’l-Baha in Canada” (Thornhill: Baha’i Canada Publications, 1987), pp. 34-35. Reproduced in Peace, compiled by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice (Baha’i World Centre, August 1985), section 42, p. 17.
World War II proved him wrong, as well as the many other wars that have broken out since then.
The “equality of women and men” is one of the core principles of the Baha’i faith, yet women are prohibited from being elected to the highest Baha’i leadership institution, the Universal House of Justice. This glaring hypocrisy is undoubtedly a source of considerable embarrassment to Baha’is, but they don’t believe they can do anything to change it. ‘Abdu’l-Baha wrote: “The House of Justice… according to the explicit text of the Law of God, is confined to men; this for a wisdom of the Lord God’s, which will erelong be made manifest as clearly as the sun at high noon.”
Ref: Selections From the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i World Centre, 1982 lightweight edition), section 38, p. 80.
The “explicit text” that he was referring to is Baha’u’llah’s references in the Kitab-i-Aqdas to the “men [rijal] of the House of Justice.
Ref: For example, Baha’u’llah says “O ye Men of Justice!” in paragraph 52 of the Aqdas, and “men of the House of Justice” in the supplementary Questions and Answers, #101.
Courtesy:- Extracts taken from the book ‘A Lost History Of The Baha’i Faith’.