- Here it is, the end of the year 2000, and the deadline for another
prophesy has passed. According to the Baha'i Faith, the Universe
is "teeming with life," we will make contact with extraterrestrial
life, and every major innovation in transportation and communication
that will ever take place will take place by the year 2000.
Put these premises together, and you find that an interstellar
vehicle was to be constructed by the year 2000.
I wonder what the Baha'is are saying now. Here are some ways that
other religious groups have dealt with failed prophesy:
Through a calculated play on words, a religious group could argue
that the prophesy has indeed been fulfilled. Cult leader Father
Divine convinced his followers that he would never die. But sure
enough, he went the way of all flesh. So his followers argued that
he lived on in the spiritual sense. Jim Jones took the opportunity
by making a pitch that Father Divine's soul entered his body. Some
of the Divinites believed him, too!
Meher Baba spent the last several years of his life refusing to
speak. He communicated by carrying around a board with an alphabet
printed thereupon. He promised that he would eventually "break the
silence," but death sneaked up on him sooner than he expected. So
now his followers claim that his death itself was the breach of
In 1914, Jesus and the 11 remaining disciples were to return to
earth. The Jehovah's Witnesses bought a lot, built a house, and
tried to register the property in the names of Jesus and the
disciples. The county clerk refused, so the JW's registered it in
the name of the church. 1914 came and went with no sign of any
supernatural arrivals, so the house and lot were sold at a public
But does that disprove the prophesy? Of course not! Jesus and the
disciples returned in the spiritual sense! And what else happened
that year? World War I started! That was "Satan's reaction"!
granting God unlimited license
Through mathematicking through the Book of Revelation, the Seventh-
Day Adventists set a date in which Jesus was to make His
reappearance. That day came and passed like any other day. Today,
the Adventists don't pretend to know why Jesus didn't appear, but
they are sure that there is a good reason. After all, who are we to
question the ways of an Omniscient God?
The Mormons seem to be fond of erasing memory of any declaration
which is embarrassing to the church. Joseph Smith claimed that the
Moon was inhabited by people with an average life span of 1000 years,
an average height of 8 feet, and who dress like the Quakers. The
astronauts landed on the Moon and reported no such thing, that was a
gleeful day for the anti-Mormons. But will the Mormons admit that
their beloved leader was wrong? Of course not! Whenever I ask
Mormons about these fictional lunar dwellers, they tell me that the
story was fabricated by the anti-Mormons.
Brigham Young declared that the Mormon Church should never admit
Black people. If it did, God would "rain down fire" on the church.
This was forgotten by the Seventies, when Blacks were allowed to join
the church but not allowed to serve as priests. At that time,
Mormons told me that "the Black person's time hasn't come yet," but
will eventually. When the pressures of tax legislation and public
opinion got too much for the church to bear, the leader of the church
received a convenient Revelation, declaring that the time has
I don't know any Baha'is in the community where I live now. So I
can't ask any Baha'is how they explain why we are still marooned down
here in our own little solar system. I'm also afraid to ask them
directly on the Internet. I once addressed a pointed question to a
Baha'i mailing list, but they told me that their mailing list was not
for heckling. So if any of you know any Baha'is, please ask them.