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Bahá’í Faith - Basic Teachings

Bahá'ís regard Bahá'u'lláh's teachings as the next stage in the progressive evolution of mankind
© 2014 National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States

Bahá’í Faith - Basic Teachings

This is a very brief overview of some of the most fundamental teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. This section by itself will give the user some understanding of the overall character of the Bahá’í Faith. Bahá’u’lláh wrote the equivalent of a hundred books. These included many teachings which were considered revolutionary at the time and many others which still have to be realised. More of his teachings about individual behaviour, community life, service to humanity and his blueprint for a world society can be found in the other topics.

1.
Bahá’u’lláh said that we should all recognise the oneness of mankind. As regards value and status, does this mean:
All adult men are equal
All rich people are equal
All people (men and women) are equal
All educated people are equal
`Abdu’l-Bahá said that this new age will be the age when all people are accepted as equals, regardless of race, gender, nationality or wealth.
2.
Bahá’u’lláh claimed to be the Promised One of all religions and the Messenger of God for this age. How many years did he say would pass before another Messenger of God would appear?
200
500
1,000
2,000
Bahá’u’lláh states that at least one thousand years will pass before the next World Teacher will appear.
3.
Which of the following comes closest to Bahá’u’lláh’s explanation of what God is?
God is a man-like being who rules heaven
God is a super-intelligent being who knows much more than us
God is so far beyond this world of creation that we can never understand His true essence
God is a powerful being who decides what should happen to everyone
By definition, the Creative force cannot be part of the creation. Bahá’u’lláh says that the only connection that human beings have with this highest reality, the essence of God, is through the prophet-founders of the world religions.
4.
What did Bahá’u’lláh say was the purpose of life in this world?
To have as comfortable a life as possible
To bring up our children to be happy
To look after our friends and family
To perfect our souls in preparation for the next world
Of course, service to others is a necessary part of our efforts towards perfection.
5.
Bahá’u’lláh said that our economic system should be based on spiritual values. On a practical level, what did he say was necessary?
A world currency
A minimum wage
That workers should have a share of the profits of a business
All of the above
On a spiritual level, Bahá’u’lláh said that trustworthiness in all our affairs is essential for the world to function.
6.
Bahá’u’lláh said that there is only one God. What is meant by this?
That the Supreme Being worshipped in all religions is the same one God, whatever name is used
That the Bahá’í version of God is the only correct one
That it is important to know God’s proper name, to use in our prayers
That God is the sum total of all of the life on the planet
Although we may have different concepts of God's nature, although we may pray to Him in different languages and call Him by different names - Allah or Yahweh, God or Brahma - nevertheless, we are speaking about the same unique Being.
7.
Bahá’u’lláh wrote to the leaders of the world explaining how they should come together and establish world peace. He also said that there should be a world government. What else did he say was needed as part of this?
A common system of justice
A world police force
A world system of weights and measures
All of the above
The Bahá’í writings also call for a world tribunal, a world free trade area (balanced by a fairer economic system), and a world second language.
8.
How did Bahá’u’lláh say a world second language should be chosen?
The governments of the world should either choose or invent one
It should be chosen by public vote
It should be whichever language is spoken by the most people
It should be whichever is the easiest to learn
9.
According to Bahá'u'lláh, how should people find spiritual truth?
By copying their parents
By copying their friends
By waiting for inspiration
By searching with an open mind
This same principle applies to all of life. We should listen carefully to the opinions of others but still make up our own minds.
10.
Bahá’u’lláh said that every child should be educated and that the authorities should pay for this if the parents cannot afford it. In the meantime, what did he say should happen if parents have a boy and a girl and cannot afford to educate both?
Neither should be educated
The boy should be educated as he will need to earn a living
The girl should be educated as she will become a mother and will be the first teacher of her children
Both children should go to school half time
The clear teaching is that, however important the education of boys may be, the education of girls is even more vital.

 

Author:  National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom

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