Baha'I Essay

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Baha'i Baha'i is a fairly new faith dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. However, since then more than 7 million people, world wide have joined this faith. This leaves one to wonder how this faith came to be one of the world religions in such a short period of time. This paper will examine this thought and many others such as the history, beliefs, and traditions. History The followers of Baha'is emerged from Iranians who had formerly been Shi'i Muslims (Smith, 1999). According to Breuilly, O'Brien, & Palmer (1997), the Baha'i faith began to take shape when Mirza Husayn Ali, born in 1817, was sent by God to serve as a prophet. Today, Ali is known at Baha'u'llah, meaning Glory of God. As with other prophets, Abraham, Moses,…show more content…
It moves to another plane of existence, which we can not understand while we are on earth" (www.bbc.co.uk). This appears to tie in with their belief that while on earth, it is our duty to obtain spiritual discovery and growth. Beliefs: Scriptures "Baha'is believe there is one God and that all the universe and creation belong to him. God is omnipotent, perfect and has complete knowledge of life. Baha'is believe that there has only ever been on God, who is called by different names in different religions" (www.bbc.co.uk/religion). There scriptures include over one hundred books and tablets. "Bahá'í scripture comprises the writings of the Bab and Baha'u'llah, together with the writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha. Among the better known writings of Baha'u'llah are, The Most Holy Book, The Book of Certitude, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words and The Seven Valleys. There are many others books of Bahá'í scripture" (http://www.religioustolerance.org.) Although Baha'is find these scriptures meaningful, they do not supersede earlier revelations of the Torah, the New Testimate or the Qur'an (Breuilly, O'Brien, & Palmer, 1997). "Baha'is follow the laws of the Ten Commandments. They also forbid gambling, alcohol, drug abuse, and gossip. They strive to live a life of high moral standards emphasizing honesty, trustworthiness, service to others, chastity, purity of motive, generosity, unity, and work as
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