Thursday, January 05, 2006

Baha'i ? Carole Lombard's Faith...

Lets discuss Baha'i. It's a faith. A religion, if you will.
I read about it and was really intrigued. I did a Google search for Carole Lombard, and the article mentioned that she was a second-generation Baha'i. What's a Baha'i?

Partial quote from the article: "The independent search after truth, unfettered by superstition or tradition; the oneness of the entire human race, the pivotal principle and fundamental doctrine of the Faith; the basic unity of all religions; the condemnation of all forms of prejudice, whether religious, racial, class or national; the harmony which must exist between religion and science; the equality of men and women, the two wings on which the bird of human kind is able to soar; the introduction of compulsory education; the adoption of a universal auxiliary language; the abolition of the extremes of wealth and poverty; the institution of a world tribunal for the adjudication of disputes between nations; the exaltation of work, performed in the spirit of service, to the rank of worship; the glorification of justice as the ruling principle in human society, and of religion as a bulwark for the protection of all peoples and nations; and the establishment of a permanent and universal peace as the supreme goal of all mankind—these stand out as the essential elements (of Baha'i)."

They also are monotheistic (one God), but they recognize all of the "messengers" (Abraham, Jesus, Mohammed, Krishna, Buddha, Moses.). They believe in a "Progressive Revelation" which essentially means: truths will be revealed over time. And thirdly, they believe in the unity of mankind.

I wonder why I've never heard of this faith... We've heard of Scientology, and the plethora of names by which the protestants huddle under, Islam (ism?), Buddhism, Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism, Don't Look Here-ism, Mormonism, etc., etc., etc.

My surprise came when I saw that it is a close relative of Islam.

What do you know?

MsAmber

5 comments:

Wesley said...

Baha'i is wonderful! Check out
http://www.bahai.org/
Check out the Baha'is in Norman
http://www.bahaisofnorman.org/
Ask about a Ruhi study circle. It truely is a Faith for today.

Flubberwinkle said...

Ms Amber how does second generation apply to a faith? Was it newly founded and she followed in the footsteps of her parents? (Just curious).
On to the issue at hand: I'm Baha'i and I didn't even know it! I like the principles. Basic principles of for bettering the world! Thanks to wesley for the links.

Marco said...

"it is a close relative of Islam"

Just like Christianity is a close relative of Judaism. :-)

But they are independentent. That means they have their own Sacred books, laws, adminstrative structure...

crallspace said...

I read a little about Bahai at church, and we had a woman from the Bahai come to our interfaith dinner. There is a Bahai' meeting in town, and they meet at 9:30. Never been there yet.

It seems to be like you mentioned. A friend once said it's like Unitarian muslims. I know I could never believe in allah as God, so I haven't gotten to into an islamic faiths. I'm not opposed to them though. I like going to the Unitarian church. Closest to my beliefs.

Anonymous said...

'Allah' is Arabic for 'God'. The Arabic Bible, for instance, read by Arab Christians, uses the word 'Allah' for God. Baha'is use the the word for God in whatever language they speak or write. French Baha'is call Him 'Dieu', Spanish Baha'is call Him 'Dios', Tswana Baha'is 'Modimo', English Baha'is 'God', Arabic and Persian Baha'is 'Allah', and so on.