The Bahá’i Faith and the Promise of World Peace
From relatively obscure, yet heroic beginnings in 19th century Persia, the Bahá’i Faith is today established in almost every nation and territory in the world. Millions of people of every nationality and every social, ethnic and religious background have embraced the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh making the Bahá’i Faith the second-most widespread religion on the planet. Bahá’is are all united in one common goal; to advance the unification of the human family through the application of Bahá’u’lláh’s Divine teachings.
Bahá’u’lláh teaches us that the Faith of God is one and “changeless”. He states that Abraham, Zoroaster, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad were all Divine Messengers through whom God has revealed himself at various times in history to guide and educate his creation.
God’s purpose in sending His Prophets unto men is twofold. The first is to liberate the children of men from the darkness of ignorance, and guide them to the light of true understanding. The second is to ensure the peace and tranquillity of mankind, and provide all the means by which they can be established. — Bahá’u’lláh
Bahá’u’lláh – whose name means ‘The Glory of God’ – proclaimed that he was the latest, but not the last, of this line of Divine Messengers who brings new spiritual and social guidance relevant to our modern era; a turbulent new age in which mankind is passing from the former stages of infancy into maturity. He further claimed to be “The Promised One of All Ages” foretold by all the world’s Scriptures, the Word of God reborn in our own time.
A Global Vision
“It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.” — Bahá’u’lláh
In many volumes of works, Bahá’u’lláh has revealed counsels, specific recommendations, and even administrative structures designed to promote unity and support peace throughout the world. He states that the ailments of society that lead to strife and disunity are essentially spiritual in nature requiring a divine remedy. If the human race is to meet the challenge of establishing world peace, the spiritual energy latent in each and every one of us must be released and directed to this noble task. This effort begins with spiritual transformation at the level of the individual extending to the community and spanning to cooperation with national and international agencies dedicated to the same task.