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published: 8/20/05
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Bahá'í Beliefs



What do Bahai believe?

Thai Buddhists at a temple in Chiang Mai

The Bahá'í Faith is monotheistic, believing in one, all-powerful creator God. They share this belief in God's nature with Christians, Jews, and Muslims, although what each of these religions believes about the one and only God can be quite different. Bahá'ís emphasize that God is ultimately unknowable in his essence, but human knowledge of God can be had through God's Messengers or Manifestations.

Bahá'í doctrine emphasizes the unity of mankind, despite differences such as race and class or economic status, the unity of the world's religions, and the progressive revelation of God to humanity.

Bahá'ís believe that the founders of great religions (such as Abraham-Judaism, Jesus-Christianity, the Buddha-Buddhism, and Muhammad-Islam) were sent by the one and only God to reveal his attributes and will, in the terms that were appropriate for the time. Although the Bahai faith imports people and ideas from other world religions, it is important to know that adherents to those faiths don't traditionally share those same beliefs. For example, Judaism hasn't traditionally taught about Abraham what Bahai's believe about him and Christianity hasn't traditionaaly taught about Jesus what Bahai's believe about him. (See Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.)





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Bahá'í Beliefs about God

Bahá'ís believe that there is only one God, the Creator of the universe. This one God has absolute control over His creation (omnipotence) as well as complete knowledge of it (omniscience).

Bahá'í Beliefs about the Prophets/Messengers/Manifestations of God

Bah'ai believe that God is so beyond the limits of human understand that he is ultimately unknowable. To overcome this obstacle, God has made his nature and will known to humanity through means of a series of Messengers or Manifestations.

Bahá'í Beliefs about Human Nature and the Soul

According to Bahá'í teachings, human nature is fundamentally spiritual and the essential identity of each person is defined by an invisible, rational, and everlasting soul.

Bahá'í Beliefs about Original Sin, Satan and the Nature of Evil

The Bahá'í Faith rejects the concept of "original sin" or any doctrine that teaches people are basically evil or have intrinsically evil elements in their nature.

Bahá'í Beliefs about the Purpose of Life

In the Bahá'í view, the purpose of this life on earth is for each individual to develop the spiritual and moral qualities that lie at the core of his or her nature.

Bahá'í Beliefs about Sin and Salvation

According to Bahá'u'lláh, pride or self-centeredness is one of the greatest hindrances to spiritual progress.

Bahá'í Beliefs about the Afterlife

Bahá'ís believe in an afterlife in which the soul is separated from the body. At death, according to the Bahá'í faith, the soul begins a spiritual journey towards God through many planes of existence.

Bahá'í Beliefs about Other Religions

One of the fundamental doctrines of the Bahá'í Faith is the unity of the world's great religions.

 

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