UNIFY Religions? - G P Pamphlets
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How Do Baha'is Intend to Unify the Diverse Religions of the World? (1:1)

To love the world is to me no chore; My trouble is the man next door. (1:2)

God has a progressive plan for our planet. According to a Christian author: (1:3)

There is a unique harmony in the Bible. In Genesis the earth is created; in Revelation it passes away. In Genesis the sun and moon appear; in Revelation there is no need for the sun or moon. In Genesis there is a garden; the home of man; in Revelation there is a city, the home of the nations. In Genesis we are introduced to Satan; in Revelation we see his doom. In Genesis we hear the first sob and see the first tear; in Revelation we read: 'God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying.' In Genesis the curse is pronounced; in Revelation we read 'There shall be no more curse.' In Genesis we see our first parents driven from the tree of life; in Revelation welcomed back.1 (1:4)

Global unity is part of God's progressive plan for our time: (1:5)

Then I myself will come to gather all nations and races and they shall come and see My glory [the glory of God]. Isaiah 66:18 (1:6)

The ultimate goal of Baha'u'llah's teachings is to create a unified world society, a global civilization in which everyone will see himself or herself as a unique cell in the body of humanity, working in perfect harmony with everyone else. (1:7)

Bend your minds and wills to the education of the peoples and kindreds of the earth, that haply the dissensions that divide it may...be blotted out from its face, and all mankind become the upholders of one Order, and the inhabitants of one City...Ye dwell in one world, and have been created through the operation of one Will. Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love.2 Baha'u'llah (1:8)

The purpose of religion is to inspire love, tolerance, and hope-- not hatred and prejudice. Yet untold millions have been killed and persecuted in the name of God. (1:9)

A famous poet tells a story about three travelers who spoke different languages. During their journey they found a coin. Since they could not divide it, they decided to buy some food, and then to divide the food. Their inability to communicate led to a heated argument. At that point a fourth person, who spoke all three languages, came to their aid. When he learned about their argument, he smiled and said, 'You all want the same fruit: grapes.' Baha'u'llah is the One who speaks to all faiths in a language they understand. In the Baha'i teachings, the followers of all faiths can find fulfillment of their highest hopes and desires. (1:10)

People worship the same God and ask Him for the same blessings. They want happiness, contentment, security, comfort, and peace. Despite common goals, they remain divided. They will only heed the Voice that speaks with the same authority as their own Teacher and Redeemer. Baha'u'llah speaks with that Voice. (1:11)

In this age, Baha'u'llah has confirmed the divine origin of all great religions and the oneness of all Messengers and Prophets of God: (1:12)

Know thou assuredly that the essence of all the Prophets of God is one and the same. Their unity is absolute. God, the Creator, saith: There is no distinction whatsoever among the Bearers of My Message. They all have but one purpose; their secret is the same secret. To prefer one in honor to another, to exalt certain ones above the rest, is in no wise to be permitted. Every true Prophet hath regarded His Message as fundamentally the same as the Revelation of every other Prophet gone before Him.3 (1:13)

Only the setting and dawning points of the sun change, not the sun itself. The same Spirit, the same Word, which the Bab calls 'the Primal Will,' appears in all great Messengers and Redeemers: (1:14)

And know thou that He indeed resembleth the sun. Were the risings of the sun to continue till the end that hath no end, yet there hath not been nor ever will be more than one sun; and were its settings to endure for evermore, still there hath not been nor ever will be more than one sun. It is this Primal Will which appeareth resplendent in every Prophet and speaketh forth in every revealed Book.4 The Bab (1:15)

God is one and indivisible: (1:16)

I am...the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Christ (Rev. 21:6) (1:17)

Ponder the following verses. They declare that there never has been nor will ever be any Prophet other than the Bab: (1:18)

I [the divine Spirit] have appointed Thee to be the Beginning and the End, the Seen and the Hidden. Verily We are the All-Knowing. No one hath been or will ever be invested with prophethood other than Thee, nor hath any sacred Book been or will be revealed unto any one except Thee.5 The Bab (1:19)

In our solar system, has there ever been or will there ever be a sun other than the sun? This principle is so powerful, it eliminates every trace of prejudice, separation, and superiority. The following verses show that God Himself is the Savior. Since there is only one God, all those who speak for Him must also be one: (1:20)

For I am your Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior...I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. Isaiah 43:3, 11 (1:21)

There is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me. Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth. Isaiah 45:21-22 (1:22)

Because of their belief in the oneness of religion and the progressive revelation of truth, Baha'is can communicate with the followers of all great religions. In general, the followers of each of the world's great religions accept only their own Messenger and the ones who came before Him but deny the rest. For instance, Jews accept only three Messengers-- Noah, Abraham, and Moses-- but deny the rest. Christians accept only four Messengers-- Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus-- but deny all the rest. Even the ones they accept, they do not consider equal with Jesus. Baha'is revere, in a spirit of oneness, all great Messengers and Teachers of the past: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab, and Baha'u'llah. They also recognize Buddha, Zoroaster, and Krishna, who are denied by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. (1:23)

Baha'u'llah's message of oneness has unified millions from every religion, race, creed, and culture. The new Faith is a laboratory in which the unity of religion has been tested and tried with phenomenal success. It blends the peoples of our planet like threads of light into a tapestry of the utmost beauty and splendor. (1:24)


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