The Baha’i Faith is one of the more recent world religions and philosophies. A way of life for more than five million practitioners, worldwide, its membership is a blend of multiple races, nations, genders and lifestyles. A growing number of people have adopted the Baha’i Faith, due to its simplistic and all-encompassing view of humanity.
The Baha’is believe in the message of Baha’u’llah, the most recent messenger in a line of succession prophets, which includes Buddha, Christ and Muhammad. He was a Persian nobleman who, in 1852, received a vision from God, during a time of imprisonment.
The basic tenets of the Baha’i Faith follow the theory of the world being and all-encompassing family. Humanity is the only core group and, as such, all religions are merely branches of a singular formula of God’s Will.
The Baha’i Faith is based on all religions being a branch of one, singular religion. Messengers have been sent by God, in different forms, through different times, to deliver messages needed by the people of that time period. These include Buddha, Christ and Muhammad.
In the Baha’i Faith, there is no inequality between men and women. Gender has no bearing, other than the simple differences which make reproduction and naturalistic endeavors necessary.
Baha’is must investigate the truth, without preconceptions, similar to the tenets of Buddhism. Regard all information as secondary, until investigated and discovered as truth.
Baha’is believe science and religion are inseparable, as God has given science to humanity in order to investigate the basis of religious beliefs.
All problems on Earth (economic, environmental, political, etc.) are caused by spiritual problems. Having a grounded, unified world Faith would eliminate much of humanity’s issues.
The single, greatest need of our world is peace. By having a solid, unified spiritual belief, the world would come to realize the errors of their ways and become united in living the word and plan of God.
Baha’s believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the nature and purpose of life and of the future of society. It is a vision which, though idealistic, unfolds in the writings of Baha’u’llah.