> 1. What caused you to choose Bahai?
My father and some of his family members became Baha'is in the 50's and 60's, so I was essentially born into it (in 1973). However, as with all Baha'is I had to specifically choose to remain a Baha'i once I reached maturity; I am the only one of three siblings who still identifies as Baha'i. As a child, youth, and young adult I experienced many other religions including Catholicism and some Protestant denominations ranging from "mild" to "extreme fundamental". After investigating the beliefs of all religions I was convinced that the Baha'i Faith was the best path for me. Even so, I went through several cycles of activity and inactivity, and so choosing to be Baha'i remains in many ways a choice I have to re-make every day.
2. What was your second choice, if there was one, and what made it second instead of first?
Ultimately, my second choice would be Buddhism. It was not my first choice because I believe the Baha'i Faith incorporates many of the finest teachings of Buddhism into its theology, yet represents a more contemporary form of those teachings. I am also drawn to the stronger monotheistic aspects of the Baha'i Faith, whereas (from my understanding) in Buddhism one doesn't even necessarily have to believe in a God.
3. By choosing this faith, do you now accept all of its tenents? Or are there some that you are holding off from in reserve? If so, which ones?
The two primary conditions to being a Baha'i are belief in Baha'u'llah and obedience to His laws. In that respect, I accept all the tenets of the religion. However, becoming and being a Baha'i is a lifelong process, so with me--and with most other Baha'is I'm sure--there are tenets I have trouble understanding and/or coming to reconciliation with. However, until such time as I can reconcile those laws, I have to take it on faith that they exist for a reason and so I continue to search for that reason. Some things may never be resolved in this lifetime. That's okay with me. The way I see it, even if I go to my grave with unresolved issues or having disagreements with some Baha'i laws, eventually either I'll figure them out in the next world, or God will forgive me for my shortcomings. He is, after all, All-Forgiving, All-Compassionate, and All-Merciful. :)