巴哈伊教 Bahá’i

 

There can be no doubt whatever that the peoples of the world,
of whatever race or religion,
derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source,
and are the subjects of one God.

– Gleanings From the Writings of Baháulláh

 

 

 

 

 

Bahá’í Faith

Since its inception in 1844, the Bahá’í Faith has embraced adherents from virtually every country and every ethnic, cultural and socio-economic group. With more than five million followers, it is among the fastest-growing of the world’s religions and the most geographically widespread independent religion after Christianity.

A Bahá’í means a follower of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. The Holy Book of laws and ordinances revealed by Baha’u’llah is Kitab-i-Aqdas. However, the writings of Baha’u’llah are equivalent to 100 volumes. Bahá’u’lláh is the most recent in a line of divine Messengers including Abraham, Krishna, Zo- roaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb. Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892) was born in Persia (now Iran) to a noble family; however, after announcing His universal message of peace and unity to the people of Persia, was subjected to torture, imprisonment and exile for over 50 years at the hands of the Persian and Ottoman Governments. He and His family were exiled from Persia to Palestine (now Israel) often under unbearable circumstances. Bahá’u’lláh’s mission was heralded by the Báb (1819-1850). “The Báb” means “The Gate”, which refers to His mission of preparing people for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh. The Báb was an independent Messenger of God. His message urged religious and social reform and aroused great interest among tens of thousands of followers throughout Persia.

 

巴哈伊信仰

巴哈伊教自西元1844年成立以來,幾乎在各個國家、民族、文化、社會、經濟等族群中都有追隨者,有500多萬的信徒。它是暨基督教後在世界宗教和地理發展上增長最快且最廣泛的獨立宗教之一。

巴哈伊意味著巴哈歐拉的追隨者,巴哈歐拉是巴哈伊信仰的先知創始人,他揭示了聖經的法令,巴哈歐拉的著作作品大約有100卷。巴哈歐拉是例在當前神聖者之一,聖者包括亞伯拉罕、克里希納、瑣羅亞斯、摩西、佛、耶穌、穆罕默德、巴孛。

巴哈歐拉(1817-1892)出生於波斯(現在的伊朗)的一個高貴的家庭,然而當他宣導宇宙和平信息,和團結波斯人民之後,在波斯和奧斯曼帝國手中,他受到了酷刑,長達五十年以上的監禁和流放,他的家人也受到了影響,被當時的各國政府流放,從波斯到巴勒斯坦(現今的以色列)多年來經常在難以忍受的情況下一直顛沛流離。

巴哈歐拉的任務是由巴布預言的(1819年至1850年),「巴布」是指「門」,這也是代表使者的意義,為迎接巴哈歐拉的到來,巴布是上帝的獨立使者傳達他的信息,當時他在整個波斯努力敦促宗教和社會的改革,並鼓舞人心,有成千上萬的追隨者對其非常感興趣。