God’s ancient name, I AM.
154. God’s ancient name: God’s ancient name, I AM, is found in all the great world religions of God. Judaism: Exodus 3:13 “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?” Exodus 3:14 “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: (Yahweh) and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Christianity: John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.”
ISLAM: 162. Say: “Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah (God), the Cherisher of the Worlds:” 163. “No partner hath He: this Am I commanded, and I am the first of those who bow to His Will.” (AM I is the same as I AM) (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 6)
Hinduism: “I, who Am.” (I AM) “I Am the Spirit seated deep in every creature’s heart; From Me they come; by Me they live; at My word they depart!” “Vishnu of the Adityas I Am, those Lords of Light;” “of those that judge, Yama the Judge I Am;” “of what metes days and years, Time’s self I Am;” “Yea! First, and Last, and Centre of all which is or seems I Am, Arjuna!” “Wisdom Supreme of what is wise, Words on the uttering lips I Am, and eyesight of the eyes.” “And bitter Death which seizes all, and joyous sudden Birth, Which brings to light all beings that are to be on earth; And of the viewless virtues, Fame, Fortune, Song Am I, and Memory, and Patience; and Craft, and Constancy: Of Vedic hymns.” “The splendour of the splendid, and the greatness of the great, Victory I Am!” “and the goodness of the good, The lore of all the learned, the seed of all which springs. Living or lifeless, still or stirred, whatever beings be, None of them is in all the worlds, but it exists by Me!” “Nor tongue can tell, Arjuna! nor end of telling come Of these My boundless glories, whereof I teach thee some; For wheresoever is wondrous work, and majesty, and might, From Me hath all proceeded.” “Receive thou this aright! Yet how shouldst thou receive, O Prince! the vastness of this word? I, Who Am All.”
(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 10)
BABI RELIGION: “I declare that it is I who Am, I, Who, in very truth, Am.” The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers and Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 26)
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 207)