The core principle of the Bahá'í Faith is that there is only one God and all religions come from that same Source, but in different times and places in human history. Bahá'u'lláh, whom Bahá'ís believe is just the latest in a long line of Messengers sent by God to guide mankind, says that,
"...Any apparent variation in the intensity of their light is not inherent in the light itself, but should rather be attributed to the varying receptivity of an ever-changing world. Every Prophet Whom the Almighty and Peerless Creator hath purposed to send to the peoples of the earth hath been entrusted with a Message, and charged to act in a manner that would best meet the requirements of the age in which He appeared. God's purpose in sending His Prophets unto men is two fold. The first is to liberate the children of men from the darkness of ignorance, and guide them to the light of true understanding. The second is to ensure the peace and tranquility of mankind, and provide all the means by which they can be established." - Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 79
So, today, let's have a little quiz. See if you can identify the sources of the following quotes: (See answers at the end of the article.)
1. "Pay homage to God...and be good to your parents and relatives, the orphans and the needy and the neighbors who are your relatives, and the neighbors who are strangers, and the friend by your side."
2. "If you give to charity, give without grudging; if you are a leader, lead with enthusiasm, if you help others in distress, do it cheerfully."
3. "A man is not an elder because his head is gray...he in whom truth, virtue, gentleness, self-control, moderation, he who is steadfast and free from impurity, is rightly called an elder...is called respectable."
4. "It is incumbent upon all the peoples of the world to reconcile their differences, and, with perfect unity and peace, abide beneath the shadow of the Tree of His care and loving-kindness."
5. "The gift which is given without thought of recompense, in the belief that it ought to be made, in a fit place, at an opportune time, and to a deserving person--such a gift is pure."
6. "Thou shalt not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
7. "For the reward of virtue and the forgiveness of sins, I do (deeds of) righteousness for the love of my soul."
8. "O you who believe, seek courage in fortitude and prayer, for God is with those who are patient and persevere."
9. "Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."
1. Islam, Qur'an, 4:36
2. Christian, Bible, New Testament, Romans 12:8
3. Buddhism, Dhammapada 260-263
4. Bahá'í Faith, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 6
5. Hindu, Bhagavad Gita 17:20
6. Judaism, Bible, Old Testament, Leviticus 19:18
7. Zoroastrianism, The Zend-Avesta, Khorda Avesta - Book of Common Prayer pt. 2
8. Islam, Qur'an 2:153
9. Taoism, quoted by Linda Kavelin Popov in, A Pace of Grace, p. 119