Bahá’u’lláh taught that there is one God, the same Creator recognised by the great religions of the world.
He also taught that all the world’s major religions are successive stages in the ongoing revelation of the one Faith. This is often referred to as “progressive revelation”.
We believe all the great religions come from the same Source, God, and have the same essential purpose -
Their spiritual core is one, but they differ in their secondary aspects such as social teachings, which change in relation to humanity’s evolving requirements.
The principle of the oneness of humanity is the pivot around which all the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh revolve.
For this reason Bahá'ís follow laws of personal morality and behaviour, as well as social laws and principles, all of which we see as promoting and establishing the oneness of humanity.
We believe the purpose of life is to know and worship God, to acquire virtues and to carry forward an ever-
Some social principles
Bahá'u'lláh taught that humanity -
The principles include:
Equality of men and women
The elimination of prejudice
The adoption of an equal standard of human rights for all people
Universal education for all
The establishment of a world commonwealth of nations
The harmony of science and religion as two complementary systems of knowledge that must work together to advance humanity
The spiritual solutions to economic problems and the removal of economic barriers and restrictions
The abolition of extremes of poverty and wealth
The adoption of a world auxiliary language, a world script, and a universal system of currency and weights and measures
The Bahá’í teachings include laws for the spiritual and moral life of the individual and for the governance and development of society.
Rather than seeing these laws as restrictive, we view them as liberating. We believe they improve our lives and free us from many of the debilitating afflictions of our times.
Although we see the Bahá’í laws are advantageous to anybody who obeys them, we do not expect people who are not Bahá’ís to follow them, nor do we criticise them for not doing so.
The laws for our personal lives include daily prayer, observance of an annual period of fasting, obedience to the law of the land and abstention from partisan politics.
Other moral and ethical principles include prohibitions against backbiting, extramarital sex, gambling, and the non-
Obedience to the government
We take our civic responsibilities seriously and uphold the authority of the Australian Government through loyalty and obedience to the laws of our country.
Although Bahá’ís participate as voters in general elections, we abstain from partisanship. We do not join political parties or factions, run for elected political office or accept political appointments. This is due to our belief in the vital need for unity in society. This view does not stop us from respecting the work and dedication of the elected representatives of the land. Bahá’ís may, and often do, serve the Government in administrative posts.
Because we see unity as a necessary foundation for peace, we refrain from participating in aggressive public debates or socially disruptive activities.
We believe that our best contribution to society can be made by working with others to help build a world that is just, peaceful and united.