Do good works if you believe

Good works and good deeds go with the statement I believe.


99. Good works and good deeds go with the statement I believe: In the Bahá’í Faith we are told that good deeds or good works is how we should conduct ourselves, if we truly want to do Gods will; for words are the property of all, while a true man is known by his fruits or deeds and actions. This is also true of Christianity, as well as being found in the other world religions, and in fact, we are warned of the consequences of bad deeds. the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: James: 1:22 “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James: 1:23 “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:” James: 1:24 “For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.” 1 John: 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” Jewish symbols star-8pix JUDAISM: Deuteronomy: 5:1 “And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.” 1 Samuel: 2:3 “Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for The LORD is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed.” 2 Samuel: 3:39 “The LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.” 2 Chronicles: 6:30 “Then hear Thou from heaven Thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart Thou knowest; for Thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:” Proverbs: 24:12 “If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it? and He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it? and shall not He render to every man according to his works?Ecclesiastes: 12:13 “Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” 12:14 “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: Matthew: 7: 21 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew: 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?Matthew: 16:27 “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Matthew: 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” 2 Timothy: 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy: 3:17 “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 1 John: 3:18 “(People) Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” Romans: 14:12 “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Revelations: 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” 20:13 “And they were judged every man according to their works.”

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “Thy purpose in performing thy deeds is that God may graciously accept them; and divine acceptance can in no wise be achieved except through the acceptance of Him Who is the Exponent of His Revelation.” “Ye should perform such deeds as would please God, your Lord, earning thereby the good-pleasure of Him Whom God shall make manifest.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 80 and 129)

Islamic symbol-10 pix ISLAM: Letter 31. “Advise people to do good and to live virtuously because you are fit to give such advice. Let your words and deeds teach the world lessons of how to abstain from wickedness and vicious deeds.”

(Islam, Ali b. Abi Taalib, Letters from Nahjul Balaagh)

Islamic symbol-5pix 30. “On the day when every soul will be confronted with all the good it has done, and all the evil it has done, it will wish there were a great distance between it and its evil. But Allah (God) cautions you (to remember) Himself. And Allah is full of kindness to those that serve Him.”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   3)

Islamic symbol-5pix 9. “Those who believe and do deeds of righteousness hath Allah promised forgiveness and a great reward.” 23. “Those who believe and work righteousness, and humble themselves before their Lord — they will be Companions of the Garden, to dwell therein for aye!

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs  5 and 11)

Zoroastrian symbol-12pix ZOROASTRIANISM: 4. “I desire with my voice the thoughts well thought, and the words well spoken, and the deeds well done,” 1. “Strive after the good thoughts, words, and deeds.”

(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 3 and Visperad)

Ahura Mazda symbol-8pix Denkard. Zoroaster, “Be it known that a man must do himself personally good deeds for his soul’s benefit. If a man does not do a deed required for his spiritual welfare, no other man can do that for him.” “Every man makes (his) account-book himself;

Ahura Mazda symbol-8pix “Zarathushtra always wants us to remember that the consequences of right and wrong deeds are quite different.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 742)

Hindu symbol-10pix HINDUISM: “But thou, want not! ask not! Find full reward Of doing right in right! Let right deeds be Thy motive, not the fruit which comes from them.”

(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 2)

Hindu symbol 5-pix 1. “Austerity, the study of sacred texts, and the dedication of action to God constitute the discipline of Mystic Union.”

(Hindu, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2)

Buddhist wheel symbol-10 pix BUDDHISM: 1. “Here and beyond he suffers. The wrong-doer suffers both ways. He suffers and is tormented to see his own depraved behaviour.” 1. “Here and beyond he is glad. The doer of good is glad both ways. He is glad and rejoices to see his own good deeds.” 1. “Here and beyond he is punished. The wrong-doer is punished both ways. He is punished by the thought, ‘I have done Evil,’ and is even more punished when he comes to a bad state.” 1. “Here and beyond he rejoices. The doer of good rejoices both ways. He rejoices at the thought, ‘I have done good,’ and rejoices even more when he comes to a happy state.”

(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards))

Dharma wheel Buddhist symbols-5pix “In the practice of all good deeds, disciples should never indulge in indolence.” (Buddha, Diamond Sutra)

Mandaean symbol-15pix “If right is different than wrong, then their retribution also must be different. They cannot lead to the same goal. The distinction between right and wrong is fundamental to man. Man lives under the power of supreme reality of moral distinctions and of their absolute significance. To invalidate the hypothesis would be to invalidate the life which is based upon it.” (Sabeanism, Seth son of Adam)

Mandaean symbol1 “The good behold and are refreshed:” “The good will see and will be found ready, (But) The wicked will be discomfited, chastised by Manda-d-Hiia (Savior God).” (Sabeanism, Seth son of Adam and Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 35 and 171)

Mandaean symbol1 “The names of righteous and believing people Will be established in the Place of Light. Thy name giveth out light.” “To each according to the works of his hands It is awarded.” “Every man who toiled And was long-suffering shall come and take with both hands,” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter s 77 and 123)

Mandaean symbol1 “For my heart hath testified to The First Life (Haiyi/God).” “Behold me, who have sought purification before Thee! Look on me, I am Thy servant and Thy child. Now I humble myself and my children to Thy name, for I have been true to Thy name, and speak (it) in my heart and talk (of it) in my mind. And I subdue my form and my loins,” and live a holy life not just in words, but in actions. (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 77 and 410)

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “It behoves each one of you to manifest the attributes of God, and to exemplify by your deeds and words the signs of His righteousness, His power and glory. The very members of your body must bear witness to the loftiness of your purpose, the integrity of your life, the reality of your faith, and the exalted character of your devotion.”

The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 91)

The shrine10 pix “The days when idle worship was deemed sufficient are ended. The time is come when naught but the purest motive, supported by deeds of stainless purity, can ascend to the throne of the Most High and be acceptable unto Him.” “The time is come when naught but the purest motive, supported by deeds of stainless purity, can ascend to the throne of the Most High and be acceptable unto Him.”

The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, pp. 91 and 93)

the greatest name-12pixBAHA’I FAITH: “Whosoever has a pure heart and renders good deeds is nearer to God.” “I, therefore, pray to God that you may be strengthened in good deeds.” But, “base and wretched is the plight of the people of evil deeds, they that are in grievous loss!

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, pp. 300, 457 and Abdu’l-Baha, The Will and Testament, p. 24)

the greatest name 8 pix“Whoso keepeth the commandments of God shall attain everlasting felicity.” “Walk ye in the fear of God, and render not your works vain.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, pp. 256 and 289)Abdu’l-Baha, The Will and Testament, p. 24Abdu’l-Baha, The Will and Testament, p. 24

the greatest name 8 pix“Guidance hath ever been given by words, and now it is given by deeds. Every one must show forth deeds that are pure and holy, for words are the property of all alike, whereas such deeds as these belong only to Our loved ones. Strive then with heart and soul to distinguish yourselves by your deeds. In this wise We counsel you in this holy and resplendent tablet.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words)