75. New Teachings From the Baha'i Faith
Updated: Apr 16
"All the divine principles announced by the Prophets of the past are to be found in the words of Bahá'u'lláh; but in addition to these, He has revealed certain new teachings which are not found in any of the sacred Books of former times". ---'Abdu'l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, #135, 2nd ed., pp. 453-457).
No such events and happenings of this kind can be found in any other prophetic dispensation. Compare the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh with the Holy Words which have descended in the former cycles;
1. First among the great principles revealed by Him is that of the investigation of reality. The meaning is that every individual member of humankind is exhorted and commanded to set aside superstitious beliefs, traditions and blind imitation of ancestral forms in religion and investigate reality for himself. Inasmuch as the fundamental reality is one, all religions and nations of the world will become one through investigation of reality. The announcement of this principle is not found in any of the sacred Books of the past.--'Abdu'l-Bahá,The Promulgation of Universal Peace
2. Bahá'u'lláh expressed the oneness of humankind, whereas in all religious teachings of the past the human world has been represented as divided into two parts: one known as the people of the Book of God, or the pure tree, and the other the people of infidelity and error, or the evil tree. The former were considered as belonging to the faithful, and the others to the hosts of the irreligious and infidel -- one part of humanity the recipients of divine mercy, and the other the object of the wrath of their Creator. Bahá'u'lláh removed this by proclaiming the oneness of the world of humanity, and this principle is specialized in His teachings, for He has submerged all mankind in the sea of divine generosity. Some are asleep; they need to be awakened. Some are ailing; they need to be healed. Some are immature as children; they need to be trained. But all are recipients of the bounty and bestowals of God. --'Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace.
3. Bahá'u'lláh has announced that the foundation of all the religions of God is one, that oneness is truth and truth is oneness which does not admit of plurality. This teaching is new and specialized to this Manifestation. --'Abdu'l-Bahá,The Promulgation of Universal Peace.
4. He sets forth a new principle for this day in the announcement that religion must be the cause of unity, harmony and agreement among mankind. If it is the cause of discord and hostility, if it leads to separation and creates conflict, the absence of religion would be preferable in the world. --'Abdu'l-Bahá,The Promulgation of Universal Peace.
5. Furthermore, He proclaims that religion must be in harmony with science and reason. If it does not conform to science and reconcile with reason, it is superstition. Down to the present day it has been customary for man to accept a religious teaching, even though it was not in accord with human reason and judgment. The harmony of religious belief with reason is a new vista which Bahá'u'lláh has opened for the soul of man. --'Abdu'l-Bahá,The Promulgation of Universal Peace.
6. He establishes the equality of man and woman. This is peculiar to the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh, for all other religions have placed man above woman. --'Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace.
7. A new religious principle is that prejudice and fanaticism -- whether sectarian, denominational, patriotic or political -- are destructive to the foundation of human solidarity; therefore, man should release himself from such bonds in order that the oneness of the world of humanity may become manifest.--'Abdu'l-Bahá,The Promulgation of Universal Peace.
8. Universal peace is assured by Bahá'u'lláh as a fundamental accomplishment of the religion of God -- that peace shall prevail among nations, governments and peoples, among religions, races and all conditions of mankind. This is one of the special characteristics of the Word of God revealed in this Manifestation.--'Abdu'l-Bahá,The Promulgation of Universal Peace.
9. Bahá'u'lláh declares that all mankind should attain knowledge and acquire an education. This is a necessary principle of religious belief and observance, characteristically new in this dispensation…. He has also proclaimed the principle that all mankind shall be educated and that no illiteracy be allowed to remain. This practical remedy for the need of the world cannot be found in the text of any other sacred Books.--'Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace.
10. He has set forth the solution and provided the remedy for the economic question. No religious Books of the past Prophets speak of this important human problem. ….--'Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace
11. As to the most great characteristic of the revelation of Bahá'u'lláh, a specific teaching not given by any of the Prophets of the past: It is the ordination and appointment of Abdu'l-Baha, the Centre of the Covenant. Promulgation of Universal Peace.
12. "Behold, I make all things NEW!" (Revelations 21:5).