The Baha’i Faith is an independent religion. Baha’is believe in the common foundation of all religions, the equality of men and women, independent investigation of the truth, and the elimination of all forms of prejudice.
We are followers of Baha’u’llah, Who we believe is the most recent Messenger of God for the conditions of humanity today. All the religions are true because they all come from the same One God!
If, after reading some of the core beliefs, you are interested in learning more, please call Dori at (352)666-7280 to get in touch with the local Baha’is. Or, if you prefer, find out more at www.bahai.org
We meet on the second Friday of every month at the Spring Hill United Church of Christ at 4244 Mariner Blvd in Spring Hill at 7:00 p.m.
May your spiritual journey be full of joy!
- All humanity is one family: The Bahá’í teachings emphasize that all of us, as creations of one God, are part of one human family. Bahá’u’lláh said, “The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.” People of nearly every background, in every nation, have become Bahá’ís.
- Women and men are equal: Full equality and a firm sense of partnership between women and men are essential to human progress and the transformation of society. “Women and men have been and will always be equal in the sight of God,” said Bahá’u’lláh. The worldwide Bahá’í community has been at the forefront of the movement to advance the rights of women for more than a century.
- All prejudice—racial, religious, national, or economic—is destructive and must be overcome: Bahá’u’lláh gave special attention to the problem of prejudice. At the heart of His message is a call for mutual understanding and fellowship among nations, cultures, and peoples. There is, Bahá’u’lláh insists, only one human race. Prejudice—whether based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or social background—must be overcome if humanity is to create a peaceful and just global society.
- The family and its unity are very important: Bahá’u’lláh came to bring unity to the world, and a fundamental unity is that of the family. Bahá’ís understand that the family is the basic unit of society and unless this all-important building block is healthy and unified, society itself cannot be healthy and unified. Bahá’í writings say, “If love and agreement are manifest in a single family, that family will advance, become illumined and spiritual.”
- All major religions come from God: When Bahá’ís say that the various religions are one, they do not mean that all the creeds and organizations are the same. Rather, they believe God has revealed Himself through a succession of Divine Messengers, Whose purpose is to guide and educate mankind. They are expressions of a single unfolding Divine purpose, “the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.”
- World peace is the crying need of our time: Whether peace is to be reached only after unimaginable horrors precipitated by humanity’s stubborn clinging to old patterns of behaviour, or is to be embraced now by an act of consultative will, is the choice before all who inhabit the earth. The Bahá’í community believes that humanity can confront this supreme trial with confidence in its ultimate outcome.