The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions. Its founder, 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 that includes Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.
- The purpose of life is to know and worship God, to acquire virtues, to promote the oneness of humankind and to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.
- There is only one God.
- God’s creation is essentially good, and we are all meant to be happy.
- The soul, created at the moment of conception, is destined by God to reach the afterlife, where it will continue to progress until it attains the presence of God.
- Each of us must independently investigate truth for ourselves, without preconceptions.
- All major religions come from God.
- All humanity is one family.
- Women and men are equal.
- All prejudice, whether it is racial, religious, national or economic, is destructive.
- The realization of universal education is essential.
- Work performed in the spirit of service is a form of worship.
- World Peace, upheld by a world government, is the crying need of our time.
- Religion must be in harmony with reason and the pursuit of scientific knowledge.
- Economic and environmental problems can be solved by the application of spiritual principles.
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