That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth. In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world.

The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.

The Great Being saith: O ye children of men! The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men. Suffer it not to become a source of dissension and discord, of hate and enmity. This is the straight Path, the fixed and immovable foundation. Whatsoever is raised on this foundation, the changes and chances of the world can never impair its strength, nor will the revolution of countless centuries undermine its structure. Our hope is that the world’s religious leaders and the rulers thereof will unitedly arise for the reformation of this age and the rehabilitation of its fortunes. Let them, after meditating on its needs, take counsel together and, through anxious and full deliberation, administer to a diseased and sorely-afflicted world the remedy it requireth.

Were man to appreciate the greatness of his station and the loftiness of his destiny he would manifest naught save goodly character, pure deeds, and a seemly and praiseworthy conduct.

Baha’u’llah (Gleanings From the Writings of Baha’u’llah, pp 215, 249-250)

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  • Ehrnes
    Feb 25, 2013
    When a religion is yonegur, it is easier to disprove. When a religion is recorded as starting 2000 years ago, it's all just interpretation of what people before have said.There are a plethora of people claiming to be prophets and dieties now-a-days, and few believe them, but those few pass on the story and it becomes less and less easily disproven with every generation. I'm sure that scientologists a hundred years from now will more abundant and beleive that L-Ron had super powers and wasn't a science fiction writer turned cult leader.
    • Shahram Moosavi
      Jun 30, 2013
      I disagree. Many claimed big things 2000 yrs ago but Christ's teachings triumphed over them all and the rest faded into oblivion. Fourteen hundred yrs ago many claimed big things but Muhammad's teachings triumphed..........same with Moses and the others.
      Some movements may get many spectators and participants for a while but the force of time diciefers between what is intended to remain to advance civilization, and what is intended to advance personal interests and therefore, destined to go extinct.
      • Mike Law
        Mar 20, 2014
        Notice how bibles are not still being added to.
        They stopped writing religious texts at about the same time science was breaking through the religious BS.
        To understand the universe, you need to understand yourself.
        To understand the reason for religion, you need to understand yourself.
        Doubt is considered a bad thing in religion, yet doubt is the true driving force for understanding.
        If you don't doubt, you don't ask questions. If you don't ask questions you will never know a true answer.
        We all fear our morality, religion helps the weak to combat this fear with ...false hope. Some point in time (the very far future) we will not need religion, we will also come to a much better understanding of the universe.
        We are but an insignificant speck in a infinite universe of chaos and disorder. It is a hard thing to understand and deal with for most people, but is very slowly changing as more people are asking questions and not just accepting an ancient fairy tale as ultimate fact.
        At least these days on a large part of the planet, there aren't as many people murdered for challenging religion although it still goes on.
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