Bahai News - World Religion Day Observed in Atlanta
World Religion Day observed in AtlantaWorld Religion Day
observed in Atlanta
United States, Atlanta. - The aim of World Religion Day is to foster the
establishment of interfaith understanding and harmony by emphasizing the
common denominators underlying all religions. The message of World
Religion Day is that mankind, which has stemmed from one origin, must
now strive towards the reconciliation of that which has been split up.
Human unity and true equality depend not on past origins, but on future
goals, on what we are becoming and whither we are going.
cause of age-old conflict between man and man has been the absence of
one ethical belief, a single spiritual standard – one moral code.
The history of man's cultures and civilizations is the history of
his religions. Nothing has such an integrating effect as the bond of
common Faith. The history of religion shows that all religions had this
unifying power – the power to instill in the hearts and minds of
their adherents the fundamental verities, the vital spiritual standards,
and thus establish a unity of conscience for motivating man towards
founding great cultures and civilizations.
Thus, through World
Religion Day observances, dedicated towards encouraging the leaders and
followers of every religion to acknowledge the similarities in each of
our sacred Faiths, a unified approach to the changes that confront
humanity can be agreed upon and then applied on an ever-expanding scale
to permeate the very psyche of mankind, so that it can be made to see
the whole earth as a single country and humanity as its citizenry.
Metro Atlanta celebrates World Religion Day on Sunday, January 16th. The
purpose is to foster understanding and communication between the
followers of all religions. "The Messengers of God of each of the
world's religions have spoken the same truth over the ages," said Al
Viller of Duluth. "Let us see light wherever it shines."
Religion Day is observed on the third Sunday in January by
Bahá’ís in the United States, and increasingly by people around
the globe. Its purpose is to call attention to the harmony of spiritual
principles and the oneness of the world's religions and to emphasize
that world religion is the motivating force for world unity.
Bahá’í scripture states, "religion should be the cause of love
and agreement, a bond to unify all mankind for it is a message of peace
and good-will to man from God. Religion is the greatest of all means
for the establishment of order in the world and for the peaceful
contentment of all that dwell therein."
To illustrate the need for
religious unity, World Religion Day was initiated in 1950 by the
national governing body for the Bahá’í Faith, the National
Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States.
Bahá'u’lláh, Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith,
taught all true religion came from one source through successive
messengers which have included Abraham, Moses, Christ, Krishna, Buddha,
Zoroaster, Muhammad and the Báb.
Since its beginnings in the
United States, the celebration of World Religion Day has spread to many
other countries. In 1985, the government of Sri Lanka issued a postage
stamp in commemoration of the day.
The Bahá’í Faith, the
second most widespread religion in the world after Christianity, has
more than five million members world-wide, of whom 133,000 reside in the
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