Beliefs of the Baha’i faith – Origins, healing, and sin
The Baha’i 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 Baha’is’ belief concerning health and healing is also somewhat dualistic. The Baha’i 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 Baha’i promote following a good diet and eating in moderation.
The Baha’is 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 soul’s attachment to material and worldly things. The Baha’is 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.