Bahai News - In Baha'’, he found the divine physician
In Baha'’, he found the divine physician
I was born in Indianapolis into a Pentecostal Christian family. My grandmother
was national and international minister and evangelist Edith Johnson, also
known as Mother Johnson. I am so grateful for the blessing of her guidance
and influence in the cause of religion!
She gave me high spiritual, personal and moral values to aspire toward. The
first step to be taken was love, and it was love that bound our family
The spiritual cement for a strong foundation is the love of God. She shared
this so well with our family. She taught me that the love of God will not
straddle fences. Rather, it will permeate the heart and fuse together the
people of God.
Her assurance to me for my spiritual progress was this: "You have no fence
that you can use to separate yourself from others. Look at your own family
tree!" You see, my own descent is not only African but also Asian, Cherokee
and Scottish. Her words left my heart and my eyes wide open, and at the age
of 15 my walk as a Pentecostal Christian was confirmed. I accepted the call
to the ministry and my first church at age 16.
Just before preaching my first sermon, others saw and heard the anointing of
God upon my life, signs and wonders that I didn't even understand at the
time. I had a spiritual experience that showed me the oneness of humanity,
and the oneness of humanity with God and with nature. God through his spirit
is and always has been able to communicate with humanity, and to manifest
the glory of God. And this name was impressed upon my heart: the glory of
After preaching, pastoring, evangelizing and being a historian of the church
for 28 years, my life was changed by a simple question. A young lady by the
name of Delia Ann Hammons asked me if I were earnestly expecting the return
of Christ. I replied that I was indeed.
Ms. Hammons said she knew she had nothing to teach me. She knew I was a
pastor and historian. She just wanted to share with me the name of God's new
messenger, the founder of the Baha'’ Faith. His name is Baha'u'llah, an
Arabic term which means "the glory of God."
My heart was immediately convinced when I heard that name again, the glory
of God. I gladly agreed to read the writings of Baha'u'llah. What I read
showed me that Baha'u'llah has fulfilled the prophecies and promises of the
old and new testaments. I was confirmed to faith in him as the return of
Christ. What does it say in the Book of Luke? "He opened their understanding
that they might understand the Scripture."
The spirit of God is one in every age. The mission is the same, although the
name of the messenger is different depending on the needs and the sickness of
humanity. Oh, how we need a loving, healing, unifying physician to bring
God's people back home to the worship of one almighty lord. In Baha'’, I
found the Christ, the divine physician.
These are some of the best years of our lives. My wife Lynda and I travel to
teach the Baha'’ Faith throughout the United States, into Canada, and
recently in southern Australia. How wonderful it feels to experience this
new birth and regeneration with the sharing of the revelation of Baha'’
with all humanity!
Listen to these words from the writings of Baha'u'llah:
"The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God's Religion is to
safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to
foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men."
- - -
* Robert Carpenter Sr. is a member of the Baha'’ Faith. For more
information on the Baha'’ Faith, write Baha'’s of Tacoma, PO Box
11242, Tacoma, WA 98411 or call
©Copyright 2001, The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington)
Page last updated/revised 042901
Return to the Bahá'í Association's Main Web Page