Former Baha'is (64)
The problem is this: There are some doctrinal and spiritual issues in the Baha’i faith that I can no longer accept. Since I began attending an Episcopal church last year, many of those issues have been thrown into sharp relief. Seeing them "from the outside" has helped me understand the latent problems I've had with being a Baha'i all these years.
I was introduced to the Baha’i faith during my first year in college, by my next-door neighbor in my dorm. I decided to believe in Baha’ism and join the organized Baha’i Faith after a few months of studying the religion and socializing with Baha’is.
I was raised in Christianity. I joined a cult in the early 70s. I was drawn into Baha’ism simply because of the lack of answers and fear that was taught to me in regards to the return of Jesus. It actually scared my socks off. Therefore when I ran into something that solved my fear, I finally jumped headlong into it. It took me 28 years to understand what I had done.
I became a member of the Baha’i Faith in the early seventies. The initial attraction was to the social teachings of the Faith particularly the tenets about gender and racial equality. I had been raised as a Roman Catholic, but was not very well versed in Biblical Christianity. Since the sixties and seventies were a time of social upheaval and turmoil, the Baha’i Faith seemed like a rational alternative to traditional religious dogma.
I would like to say that I have made the final decision to formally withdraw from the Baha'i Faith. First and foremost I would like to say that my life with the Baha'is and as a member of the Baha'i Faith was a wonderful experience. I shared many good times and I would like to thank each and every one of them for the good they brought into my life.
Alison Marshall Was born in 1959 in Dunedin, New Zealand. She became a member of the New Zealand Baha'i community in 1980. During the 1980s, Alison served on the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Dunedin for about five years. In late 1994, Alison joined the Internet discussion group 'Talisman', which was set up for discussion on the Baha'i Faith. Over the next 18 months, it became clear that the discussions were considered heretical by the Baha'i administration. This event had a profound effect on Alison, who shift towards fundamentalism in the Baha'i community. Over the next two years, Alison also developed a keen interest in Sufism or Islamic Mysticism.