Last week, I was privileged to join the La Crescenta branch of Bahá’ís at the home of Lily and Shahrom Moghbel.
The Bahá’í religion is considered to be the youngest of the world’s independent religions. Its founder, Bahá’u’lláh, is considered to be the most recent in the line of “Messengers of God”; they include Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Christ and Muhammad. In other words, religious history throughout the centuries has manifested itself through a series of divine messengers. These messengers established a religion that was suited to the “needs of the time and capacity of the people,” according to a book by Peter Smith titled “An Introduction to the Bahá’í Faith.”
Humanity itself is said to be in a state of “collective evolution.” The end result will be a human family, united as a peaceful, global society. To achieve this end result, Bahá’ís believe in the abandonment of prejudice, equality among the sexes, religious truth, elimination of extreme poverty and wealth, and education for all.