that there is one God, that all humanity is one family, and that there is a fundamental unity underlying religion. Bahá’u’lláh taught that one Creator’s successive revelations to humanity have been the chief civilizing force in history. The agents of this process have been the Divine Messengers whom people have seen as the founders of separate religious systems, but whose common purpose has been to bring the human race to spiritual and moral maturity. This process of ongoing Divine Messengers sent to bring humanity to ever greater levels of maturity will indefinitely. Some of these Divine Messengers, or Manifestations of God have been: Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Abraham, Krishna, Jesus Christ and Mohammad. The coming of Baha’u’llah marks the end of one era of our collective history on earth and the beginning of a new era and world order based on justice, peace, the elimination of prejudice and disease, and the coming together of the human race as one family working to further it’s collective common best interests.
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Founded a century and a half ago, the Bahá’í Faith is today among the fastest-growing of the world’s religions. With more than five million followers, who reside in virtually every nation on earth, it is the second-most widespread faith, surpassing every religion but Christianity in its geographic reach. Bahá’ís reside in more than 100,000 localities around the world, an expansion that reflects their dedication to the ideal of world citizenship.
The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions. Its founder, Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahá’ís as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.
The central theme of Bahá’u’lláh’s message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society. God, Bahá’u’lláh said, has set in motion historical forces that are breaking down traditional barriers of race, class, creed, and nation and that will, in time, give birth to a universal civilization. The principal challenge facing the peoples of the earth is to accept the fact of their oneness and to assist the processes of unification.
One of the purposes of the Bahá’í Faith is to help make this possible. A worldwide community of some five million Bahá’ís, representative of most of the nations, races and cultures on earth, is working to give Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings practical effect. Their experience will be a source of encouragement to all who share their vision of humanity as one global family and the earth as one homeland.