The Baha’i Faith is centered around three core concepts, often called the “three onenesses”. These central teaching are the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religion and the Oneness of Humanity.
The Baha’ i believe that the truth has been revealed by God through a series of divinely sent Messengers over time. These Messengers include Jesus Christ, Moses, Abraham, Mohammed, Zoroaster, Buddha, Krishna and others. The teachings were tailored to meet the needs, times and locations of the people who received them.
The Baha’ i believe it is necessary to be involved in the world, and as such reach out to communities as their resources allow. It is not a religion which sits at home or hides behind walls.
Their central book of faith is the Kitáb-i-Aqdas or Aqdas written by Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the religion, in 1873. They believe in life after death accepting that the individual’s soul is created at the time of conception and it will still be independent in the eternal realm.
The Universal House of Justice, headquartered at Haifa, Israel, is the organizational head of the church and deals with issues not covered in Baha’u’llah’s Kitab-iAqdas. The faith has neither priests nor clergy but focuses on local gathering held in their House of Worship (mašriqu-l-'aḏkār is an Arabic phrase meaning Dawning).
The community governance begins with the local spiritual assembly. Local communities elect delegates to a national convention each year. The national convention elects the members of the spiritual assembly which has jurisdiction over the faith.
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