This Bahai faith is a monotheistic faith which emphasizes the spiritual unity of all the major religions and all mankind. This faith, believes that many divine messengers have each brought the message of God to man, that was suited to man’s needs at that time in history.
These messengers have included, Abraham, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and many more recent. The messenger of the faith was Bahaullah in the nineteenth century.
The religion is worldwide with no major population centers and presently has 5,000,000 members. The followers claim that it is the world’s fastest growing religion.
The faith is recognized as an Abrahamic religion.
Bahai teachings and doctrine are based on three core principles:
The unity of God.
The unity of religion. The unity of Mankind.
The faith believes that God is a single, personal, inaccessible, omniscient, omnipresent, imperishable and almighty God who is creator of the whole of the universe.
The existence of God is thought to be without beginning or end. The concept of beginning and end is a human concept. God is inaccessible, but is conscious of creation, with his will being made known to us through his divine messengers.
The faith accepts that only human beings have a rational soul, which provides the species with a unique ability to recognize that there is a God. Through recognition and obedience, service to your fellow man, spiritual practice the soul becomes closer to God.
When a person dies, the soul passes into the next world, where it’s spiritual development in the physical world becomes a basis for judgement and advancement in the spiritual world. There is a heaven and hell.
The social principles on which The Bahai faith are based are:
Unity of God. Unity of religion. Unity of humankind. Equality between men and women. Elimination of all forms of prejudice. World peace. Harmony of religion and science. Independent investigation of truth. Universal compulsory education. Universal auxiliary language. Obedience to government and non-involvement in partisan politics.
Elimination of extremes of wealth and poverty.
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