Bahá'ís believe that in each age God
sends a Messenger to mankind. Those we know from the past have been the great
religious teachers such as Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Christ and Muhammad. They
have all taught us about God and how we should live our lives.
All the Messengers in the past have
promised that a great World Teacher would come Who would bring an age of peace
to mankind. Sometimes they refer to this as the return of their own spirit,
sometimes it seems like another person, as in this quotation from the Christian
"I have many things to say unto you,
but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when He the Spirit of truth is come, He
will guide you unto all truth..."
Bahá'ís believe that, although the
Messengers are all different individuals, it is the same spirit, the spirit of
God, which is in them all. So, in one sense, it is the same Messenger Who comes
each time. In another sense, it is actually a different person.
The Promised One
Bahá'ís believe that Bahá'u'lláh
fulfilled all the promises and prophecies of the past when He announced His
Message to the world. We believe that the same spirit which was in all the
Messengers is in Bahá'u'lláh.
The name Bahá'u'lláh means 'the Glory
of God' or 'Glory of the Lord'. This title is mentioned in many prophecies in
the Holy Books.
Bahá'ís believe that Bahá'u'lláh is
the Prince of Peace promised to the Jews by Isaiah, the Spirit of Truth promised
by Christ as His Return, the Promised One of Islam, the Return of Krishna, the
Who was Bahá'u'lláh?
Bahá'u'lláh was born into a wealthy
and powerful family in Persia in 1817. He gave up all his wealth and possessions
in order to serve God as His Messenger. He said:
"This thing is not from Me, but from
One Who is Almighty and All-Knowing."
Because of His Faith, Bahá'u'lláh was
bastinadoed (beaten on the soles of the feet), imprisoned in a dungeon in
chains, exiled from country to country, and imprisoned again for most of the
rest of His life. He accepted all this because of His love for God and His
desire to serve Him. He never stopped telling everyone about the Message which
God had given Him, the Message of peace and love and brotherhood between all
people and all nations.
Despite His sufferings, Bahá'u'lláh
was happy because He was doing the will of God.
The Promised Day of God
This is the Promised Day of God:
"...this is the Day which the one
true God... hath announced in all His Books unto his Prophets and Messengers."
This is the day when the will of God
will be done upon all the earth:
"The promises of God, as recorded in
the holy Scriptures, have all been fulfilled...This is the day which the Pen of
the Most High hath glorified in all the Holy Scriptures."
This is the day for which humanity
has been hoping and waiting for thousands of years:
"Verily I say, this is the day in
which mankind can behold the face, and hear the Voice, of the Promised
One....Great indeed is this Day!"
This is the promised Age of Peace.
The Message for Today
Each Messenger builds upon the
Messages of Those gone before. Like children in a school, we learn more from
each Teacher, so that our souls may progress towards spiritual perfection.
Each Messenger also brings social
teachings designed for each particular age. The teachings of Bahá'u'lláh are for
the age we live in today. Here are some examples:
"That one indeed is a man who today,
dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race...The earth is but
one country and mankind its citizens."
"The day is approaching when all the
peoples of the world will have adopted one universal language, one common
script...These things are absolutely essential."
"...among the teachings...is the
equality of women and men."
"It is important to limit riches, as
it is important to limit poverty. Either extreme is not good."
"When a conference is convened,
representative of all nations...then universal peace will be established..."
"Should any king take up arms against
another, all should unitedly arise and prevent him."
"War shall cease between the nations,
and by the will of God the Most Great Peace shall come; the world will be seen
as a new world, and all men will live as brothers."
The Time is Now
All the Messengers of the past have
promised a time of peace with a great World Teacher. The coming of Bahá'u'lláh
is the beginning of a new age in the history of mankind. In this age we will
achieve the unity of the peoples of the world. In this age we will achieve
"O people! The Day, promised unto you
in all the Scriptures, is now come."
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