What, and In Whom, We Believe

For those unfamiliar with the Bahá'í Faith, it is the second most widespread of the world's independent religions, established in 235 countries and territories throughout the world. Bahá'ís come from over 2,100 ethnic, racial, and tribal groups and number some 6 million worldwide.

The Founder of our Faith, Bahá'u'lláh, taught that there is one God Who progressively reveals His will to humanity. Each of the great religions brought by the Messengers of God represents a successive stage in the spiritual development of civilization. Bahá'u'lláh, the most recent Messenger in this line, has brought teachings that address the moral and spiritual challenges of the modern world. In practicing these teachings we trust the Spirit of God to allow us to know Him, worship Him, and recognize His handiwork in all men.

The Bahá'í principles include:

  • the oneness of the world of humanity
  • a free and unfettered search after truth
  • the protection and guidance of the Holy Spirit
  • the foundation of all religion is one
  • religion must be the cause of unity
  • religion must accord with science and reason
  • equality between men and women
  • Prayer
    Prayer, and meditation on the Sacred Writings, are important aspects of our daily lives. As Bahá'u'lláh wrote regarding prayer, "Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men. Whoso reciteth, in the privacy of his chamber, the verses revealed by God, the scattering angels of the Almighty shall scatter abroad the fragrance of the words uttered by his mouth, and shall cause the heart of every righteous man to throb. Though he may, at first, remain unaware of its effect, yet the virtue of the grace vouchsafed unto him must needs sooner or later exercise its influence upon his soul. Thus have the mysteries of the Revelation of God been decreed by virtue of the Will of Him Who is the Source of power and wisdom."

    and regarding the study of the Writings:
    "Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths. Take heed that ye do not vacillate in your determination to embrace the truth of this Cause -- a Cause through which the potentialities of the might of God have been revealed, and His sovereignty established. With faces beaming with joy, hasten ye unto Him. This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future. Let him that seeketh, attain it..."

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