Our Purpose as Individuals
Bahá’ís believe that the purpose of one’s life is to know and to worship God while we strive to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. We are committed to the belief that mankind is one family and that the earth is our home. We understand that the turbulence of today is part of a momentous and divinely guided process: the dawning of the Day of God promised by all the world’s great religions.
“I bear witness, O My God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth. There is no other God but Thee, the Help in peril, the Self-Subsisting.”–Bahá’u’lláh
The Essence of God
Bahá’u’lláh teaches that God is an unknowable essence. God is the Creator and we are part of His Creation. How can something that is created know its creator? How can a painting have any conception of the artist who painted it? How can a table comprehend the carpenter that fashioned it from wood?
The answer for us is that God gives guidance–a way of knowing and worshiping Him–through His divine messengers. At different times and places throughout time, God has sent a series of divine Messengers, including Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. They are like perfect mirrors that reflect the light of God. Each of these Messengers has been the founder of one of the great religions. Their teachings guide and educate us and provide the basis for the advancement of human society.
“Lo, the breezes of the All-Glorious were wafted over Me, and taught Me the knowledge of all that hath been. This thing is not from Me, but from One Who is Almighty and All-Knowing. And He bade Me lift up My voice between earth and heaven.” —Bahá’u’lláh
Some Teachings of the Bahá’í Faith
Bahá’ís believe in:
- The oneness of God, our loving Creator
- All the world religions share the same source and purpose
- The oneness of humankind
- The equality of men and women
- The spiritual nature of humanity
- Harmony between science and religion
- Personal independent investigation of truth
- A spiritual approach to economic problems
- The eradication of all forms of prejudice
- Universal education
- The assurance of world peace
“Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God’s name has been made and His praise glorified.”–Bahá’u’lláh