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Bahá’ís Wanneroo

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BELIEFS

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 - to guide and educate the human race.


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-advancing civilisation. Once we die our soul progresses to the afterlife where it continues to develop spiritually.


Some social principles

Bahá'u'lláh taught that humanity - after a long and turbulent adolescence - is now reaching a stage of maturity where unity can finally be established in a global and just society. The Bahá’í Faith brings social principles appropriate to the needs of a global society. Many of these principles, while considered radical in the time of Bahá’u’lláh, are now increasingly accepted by many people.


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


Law

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-medical use of alcohol or other drugs.


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.


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