Beliefs of the Bahai FaithQUESTION: What are the basic beliefs of the Bahai faith?
The beliefs of the Bahai faith are a mixture of many religions. Bahai was founded by Bahaullah (this is the religious title of Mírzá Husayn-Alí Núrí) the prophet-founder. The name Bahaullah generally means the Splendor or Glory of God. The Bahai faith, which traces its beginnings to the mid nineteenth century, does not consider itself a new religion. Instead Bahais believe their faith is the culmination of all religions. The Bahais hold that religious truth is not absolute, but relative, and that these truths and dogmas continue to evolve towards an ultimate consummation of perfection. The belief is that this age will culminate in a final unity of all peoples and religions of the earth.
The basic teaching of the Bahais is moralistic and benevolent. They espouse and embrace world peace with ultimately one world government and one auxiliary world language. The Bahais denounce all forms of prejudice, favor the abolition of all forms of slavery, and disdain extremes of either wealth or poverty. The Bahai faith supports and encourages equality of the sexes and monogamy. Missionary work and community work is promoted while education is key. They believe that true religion and science should harmonize.
Beliefs of the Bahai faith Origins, healing, and sin
The Bahai hold a dual view of creation. On the one hand, they believe the universe is eternal, that it has always existed. On the other hand, they believe that the individual elements of the earth came into being at a specific moment in time and ultimately, these elements will cease to exist at some point in time.
The Bahais belief concerning health and healing is also somewhat dualistic. The Bahai believe medical personnel praise God with their service to the sick. Thus, they applaud medicine. However, there is room for belief in divine healing through formalized healing prayers. They believe there is a direct correlation between emotional and spiritual condition and physical health. The Bahai promote following a good diet and eating in moderation.
The Bahais do not believe in the Christian concept of original sin. Sin is simply defined as disobedience to God and His laws, and is the result of the souls attachment to material and worldly things. The Bahais do not believe in revenge, but their teachings support the existence and maintenance of penal institutions and laws for the good of society. Violence is frowned upon.
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