We are Bahá'ís - members of the Bahá'í Faith. Bahá'ís are followers of Bahá'u'lláh.
Bahá'u'lláh announced in 1863 that He was God's Messenger for this age. More information about Bahá'u'lláh can be found at Baha'i.us.
We believe that the sacred writings of the Bahá'í Faith provide spiritual guidance that will enable the entire human race to live together in peace and unity.
One of the major tenets of the Baha'i Faith is "Independent investigation of truth". Quotes related to the issues facing the human race today will be posted here on the front page. The source of those quotes will always be listed, so you can easily find them and read them in the context in which they were written.
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In this day, to thank God for His bounties consisteth in possessing a radiant heart, and a soul open to the promptings of the spirit.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá p. 179
The sacred writings of the Baha'i Faith indicate that our intelligence and reasoning powers are a gift from God: "This gift giveth man the power to discern the truth in all things, leadeth him to that which is right, and helpeth him to discover the secrets of creation." (1)
Science results from our systematic use of these God-given powers. The truths of science are thus discovered truths. The truths of prophetic religion are revealed truths, i.e., truths which God has shown to us without our having to discover them for ourselves. Bahá'ís believe that God is both the Author of revelation and the Creator of the reality which science investigates, and hence there can be no contradiction between the two.
Our sacred writings affirm that religion and science are, in fact, complementary:
"Religion and science are the two wings upon which man's intelligence can soar into the heights, with which the human soul can progress. It is not possible to fly with one wing alone! Should a man try to fly with the wing of religion alone he would quickly fall into the quagmire of superstition, whilst on the other hand, with the wing of science alone he would also make no progress, but fall into the despairing slough of materialism." (2)
(1) Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh p. 194
(2) Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks p. 143
Read more about this subject at Bahai.org
Religions are many,
The days are many,
The fountains are many,
The branches are many,
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace page 125
The incomparable Friend saith:
The path to freedom hath been outstretched; hasten ye thereunto.
The wellspring of wisdom is overflowing; quaff ye therefrom.
Say: O well-beloved ones!
Bahá’u’lláh, Tabernacle of Unity page 9, excerpt from a Tablet.
The entire tablet may be found at the Online Baha'i Reference Library.
"The civilization, so often vaunted by the learned exponents of arts and sciences, will, if allowed to overleap the bounds of moderation, bring great evil upon men. Thus warneth you He Who is the All-Knowing. If carried to excess, civilization will prove as prolific a source of evil as it had been of goodness when kept within the restraints of moderation."
Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 341
"One of the signs of a decadent society, a sign which is very evident in the world today, is an almost frenetic devotion to pleasure and diversion, an insatiable thirst for amusement, a fanatical devotion to games and sport, a reluctance to treat any matter seriously, and a scornful, derisory attitude towards virtue and solid worth. "
The Universal House of Justice
Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 413
Information about the Universal House of Justice can be found at Bahai.org.