Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, whose teachings guide and educate us and provide the basis for the advancement of human society. These Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Their religions come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God.
Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, brought new spiritual and social teachings for our time. His essential message is of unity. He taught the oneness of God, the oneness of the human family, and the oneness of religion.
Bahá’u’lláh said, “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens,” and that, as foretold in all the sacred scriptures of the past, now is the time for humanity to live in unity.
Founded more than a century and a half ago, the Bahá’í Faith has spread around the globe. Members of the Bahá’í Faith live in more than 100,000 localities and come from nearly every nation, ethnic group, culture, profession, and social or economic background.
Bahá’ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the nature and purpose of life and of the future of society. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh. The 12 fundamental principles for world peace and harmony are:
- The oneness of humanity
- The foundation of all religions is one
- Religion must be the cause of unity
- Religion must be in accord with science and reason
- Independent investigation of truth
- Equality between men and women
- The abolition of all forms of prejudice
- Universal peace
- Universal education
- Universal auxiliary language
- Spiritual solution to economic problems
- An international tribunal
The Bahá’í vision of the future derives from a fundamental understanding that human beings have been created to “carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.”
This advancement is impelled by the coming of the Messengers of God from age to age.
Bahá’u’lláh proclaimed that the time has arrived for humanity in all its diversity to realize its potential to live as one united people, empowered through His Revelation to establish a world civilization based on justice and peace.