Taking a Look at Baha'i Faith

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The quest for salvation is emphasized in many religions because of the dichotomy that exists in their eschatology. Eschatology is the study of the end of time in this earthly world. In many religions such as Zoroastrianism, Abrahamic Religions, and Buddhism, when a human passes from this world he is either judged deserving of God’s salvation or punished for not being virtuous. There is no gray area. By studying a religion’s unique “soteriology”, its beliefs about how humans can achieve salvation, individuals can gain insight into a religion’s core beliefs. There exist significant differences in soteriology from religion to religion and as the world has slowly changed, new religions have emerged with radically different views on eschatology and soteriology. The Baha’i Faith, a New Religious Movement (NRM), emerged in the mid-nineteenth century and was influenced by Zoroastrianism, Abrahamic religions, and Buddhism. The Baha’i faith grew because of its distinct soteriology and purposely-vague eschatological beliefs. Despite the Baha’i Faith’s differences in eschatological and soteriological thought from Zoroastrianism, Abrahamic religions, and Buddhism, the Baha’i Faith’s emphasis on individual and group salvation in this world, and not the afterlife, allowed it to emerge and grow as a New Religious Movement. The Baha’i Faith is a NRM that began in the mid-nineteenth century by Baha’u’llah out of the Islamic tradition. Baha’u’llah, a Persian nobleman, pronounced himself to
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