What is the Baha'i Faith?
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The Bahá'í Faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions. One of the fastest growing religions and the second most widespread globally, the Baha'i Faith teaches a message of universal unity.
Just about anywhere you go on the planet, you’ll find Baha’is—the Baha’i Faith is the world’s second-most widespread religion after Christianity, spanning the globe and working to unite it. Baha’is have no clergy or churches, gathering together in democratically-led communities and welcoming everyone.
Baha’is accept the validity of each of the founders and prophets of the world's major religions, and believe in a unique Baha’i principle that views every great Faith as a link in a single spiritual system progressively revealed by God to humanity known as Progressive Revelation.
The founder of the Baha'i Faith, Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahá'ís as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.
Baha’is believe in peace, justice, love, altruism and unity. The Baha’i teachings promote the agreement of science and religion, the equality of the sexes and the elimination of all prejudice and racism.
The central theme of Bahá'u'lláh's message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society. God, Bahá'u'lláh said, has set in motion historical forces that are breaking down traditional barriers of race, class, creed, and nation and that will, in time, give birth to a universal civilization. The principal challenge facing the peoples of the earth is to accept the fact of their oneness and to assist the processes of unification.
One of the purposes of the Bahá'í Faith is to help make this possible. A worldwide community of some five million Bahá'ís, representative of most of the nations, races and cultures on earth, is working to give Bahá'u'lláh's teachings practical effect. Their experience will be a source of encouragement to all who share their vision of humanity as one global family and the earth as one homeland.
Some Core Messages of the Baha'i Faith:
- Oneness of God and Religion
- Oneness of Humanity
- Elimination of All Forms of Prejudice
- Equality of Men and Women
- Universal Compulsory Education of Children
- Independent Search for Truth
- Harmony of Science and Religion
- Spiritual Solutions to Modern Concerns
- Meaningful Conversations
- Universal Peace