Monday, March 30, 2009
The tree of religions
Ok so I've found a great faith that has put me to ease with alot that I've been internally battling for quit some time....You see I was never brought to church as a child nor was I really brought up with a religion...but my parent grew up in the roman Catholic church and just assumed that I "believed" in there GOD. But I had so many questions as a child that I just didn't understand and growing up I just pushed them aside and just disregarded religion entirely...Until I had children and I wanted better for my kids....But I wanted to find a belief that would fit for our family...So I explored a few including Pagean,Buddha, and we are currently in a Christian based church... St.David's just seemed to fit for our family and the Morales that it will instill in our children. MY battle was still stirring inside though because I still liked some of the earthly beliefs that went along with Pagean's and the peaceful faith of the Buddha but I was told many times that I was unable to believe in other faith's/religions (I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.)
and this Commandments stood out in my mind because if I practiced another religion/belief I wouldn't be accepted into the kingdom of heaven and I felt very uneasy with this...So I did alittle research and came across The Bahá'í Faith as well as this quote (found under the picture) from Albert Einstein. I loved it because it puts no religion before another...no wrong or right religion... just equal. It also mentions nothing of a hell which will be easier for me to explain to my children when that question come up... It's so hard because we want to guide our children to follow the right path so they may one day stand beside the LORD in the kingdom.
"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree." "All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree." by. Albert Einstein.
The Bahá'í Faith...
Bahá’, meaning "glory" or "splendour".
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. Bahá'u'lláh said, “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens,” and that, as foretold in all the sacred scriptures of the past, now is the time for humanity to live in unity.
Here are some other qualities in this new found faith.....
All humanity is one family.
The Bahá’í teachings emphasize that all of us, as creations of one God, are part of one human family.
Bahá’u’lláh said, “The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.”
People of nearly every background, in every nation, have become Bahá’ís.
Women and men are equal.
Full equality and a firm sense of partnership between women and men are essential to human progress and the transformation of society. “Women and men have been and will always be equal in the sight of God," said Bahá'u'lláh.
The worldwide Bahá'í community has been at the forefront of the movement to advance the rights of women for more than a century.
Advancing the status of women »
All prejudice—racial, religious, national, or economic—is destructive and must be overcome.
Bahá’u’lláh gave special attention to the problem of prejudice. At the heart of His message is a call for mutual understanding and fellowship among nations, cultures, and peoples.
There is, Bahá'u'lláh insists, only one human race. Prejudice—whether based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or social background—must be overcome if humanity is to create a peaceful and just global society.
Abandoning prejudice »
We must investigate truth for ourselves, without preconceptions.
One of the main sources of conflict in the world today is the fact that many people blindly and uncritically follow various traditions, movements, and opinions.
Bahá’u’lláh emphasizes the fundamental obligation of human beings to acquire knowledge with their "own eyes and not through the eyes of others."
The Independent Investigation of Truth »
Science and religion are in harmony.
The Bahá'í teachings stress the fundamental harmony of science and religion. Bahá'ís consider that it is the same unique God who is both the Author of revelation and the Creator of the reality which science investigates.
If indeed there is only one truth (reality), it is not possible for something to be scientifically false and religiously true; contradictions are attributed to human fallibility and arrogance.
The unity of religion and science »
Our economic problems are linked to spiritual problems.
The Bahá'í teachings envision that economic justice and prosperity will come about only when the essential connection between the spiritual and practical aspects of life is recognized.
A satisfactory solution to the world's present economic crisis lies in a profound change of heart and mind which only religion can produce.
Abolishing the extremes of poverty and wealth »
The family and its unity are very important.
Bahá'u'lláh came to bring unity to the world, and a fundamental unity is that of the family.
Bahá’ís understand that the family is the basic unit of society and unless this all-important building block is healthy and unified, society itself cannot be healthy and unified.
Bahá’í writings say, “If love and agreement are manifest in a single family, that family will advance, become illumined and spiritual.”
The family in a world community »
There is one God.
The Bahá'í belief in one God means that the universe and all creatures and forces within it have been created by a single supernatural Being.
Such designations as God, Allah, Yahweh, and Brahma all refer to the One Divine Being, Whose nature is unknowable and inaccessible to humankind. We learn about God through His Messengers, who teach and guide humanity.
The Bahá’í concept of God »
All major religions come from God.
When Bahá'ís say that the various religions are one, they do not mean that all the creeds and organizations are the same. Rather, they believe God has revealed Himself through a succession of Divine Messengers, Whose purpose is to guide and educate mankind.
They are expressions of a single unfolding Divine purpose, "the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future."
The oneness of religion »
World peace is the crying need of our time.