Spiritually Speaking: Bringing religions together

World Religion Day on Jan. 15 offers us the opportunity to honor the religions of the world and find ways to come together. It is a special commemoration created by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States in order to bring the faiths of the world together in new ways. I grew up with this holiday and I looked forward to it every year. In addition to celebrating the holiday my mother made sure I read the Bible, the Quran, the Bhagavad Gita, the Zarathustra, the Buddhist Holy Scriptures in addition to the Baha’i writings. As a young child, I imagined that God had a huge book of many chapters and I looked forward to reading them. I thank my mother for giving me this gift of understanding.

Bahá’ís believe that all religions come from the same God. Bahá’u’lláh states that the prophets from the world religions- Abraham, Zoroaster, Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed, the Bab and Baha’u’llah- originate from the same creator. That means that their faiths, referred as the Zoroaster Faith, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, the Hindu Faith and the Bahá’í Faith also originate from the same source. Bahá’u’lláh explains that th ey “… are regarded as one soul and the same person. For they all drink from the one cup of the love of God, and all partake of the fruit of the same tree of oneness.”


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