World Peace •
Race Unity •
Equality of Women and Men •
Unity of God
The sacred writings of the Bahá’í Faith explain
that, while there are many names for God, there is and always
has been only one God.
God wants us to be united: unity is our purpose. This world was
created for humanity to live peacefully together as one family.
The Bahá’í ideal of world unity is based
on the belief that it is God’s purpose for us to achieve
Oneness is a Reality
The concept of the oneness of humanity is not merely sentimentalism
or an expression of pious hope. It has profound implications
for society. The teachings of the Bahá’í Faith
describe how this spiritual principle should be translated into
action in our lives.
Unity of Religions
Humanity has begun to regard itself as one. Prejudices that once
seemed to define the human condition are fading. Gender equality,
for instance, has become an internationally accepted concept.
Likewise, the "fetish of absolute national sovereignty" is
giving way. The delusion of racial superiority, moreover, has
become so stigmatized that no society can afford to be associated
with it. While conflicts continue to cast their shadow on the
world and whereas not all of humanity participates equally in
reshaping and redefining the international order, this growing
awareness of the world as one homeland has, in the course of
the 20th century, reached a point "from which there is no
credible possibility of return."
It is tragic, therefore, that organized religion, rather than
contributing to this unifying trend, stands largely "paralyzed
at the threshold of the future." In particular by lending "credibility
to fanaticism", religion all too often acts as "one
of the most formidable obstacles" to the very cause of peace
and harmony that form the basis of its existence. Established
religions appear caught in doctrines of "privileged access
to truth" that have led to the world's most intractable
conflicts. As a result, disastrous eruptions of fanaticism continue
to occur and religions continue to forfeit a key leadership role
in world affairs.
Large segments of the world population continue to look for religious
guidance. Religion remains an essential and imperishable element
of human consciousness, a power that reaches to humanity's very "roots
of motivation". It constitutes the essential civilizing
force in history, and as such the oneness of humankind cannot
be effectively advanced without an infusion of spirituality.
For religion, however, to play its crucial role and avert a worldwide
religious confrontation, the risks of which grow daily, its leadership
must unambiguously renounce assertions of exclusive access to
truth, which are the single most important source of disunity.
The validity of all the world's principal religions must be wholeheartedly
accepted. The understanding, already intuitive to many people,
must be embraced that truth and spirituality are equally accessible
to all of mankind, and that "God is one and that, beyond
all diversity of cultural statement and human interpretation,
religion is likewise one." Click here to view a message
To the World's Religious Leaders on the unity of religion by
The Universal House of Justice.