Baha'is have the duty to educate themselves about the world's religions. This is a requirement of the Baha'i Faith. It is not a preference or an option. This is based on the foundational belief that all religions contain divine inspiration as God has never left man without a path to enlightenment -- no matter how hard religious leaders have worked to excite passions and prejudices for the eternal purpose of collective manipulation and control. And yet, no matter how distorted the teachings of a religion may become, there are always parables and metaphors which the sincere seeker can understand -- and follow -- to the path of truth. Instead of viewing the various religions as competing systems of power, we can view them as a single global heritage of divine inspiration. The sacred literature of the world does not belong to the priests and scholars. It is our common heritage. It is ours to explore and understand. It is ours to share and teach.
Bahá’í teachings emphasize the oneness of religion, necessitating that adherents explore the diverse spiritual landscape to recognize the unity and interconnectedness of all faiths and appreciate the universal divine inspiration.
The Bahá’í Faith views the variety of religious expressions as a single, united heritage of divine inspiration, not as competing ideologies, highlighting that all religions have contributed to the unfolding narrative of human spirituality.
By understanding and respecting the core truths of all religions, Bahá’ís believe that individuals can foster global unity, diminish religious prejudice, and work collaboratively towards the collective advancement of humanity.
Bahá’í education values parables and metaphors across religions for their potential to guide sincere seekers towards the essence of truth, transcending literal interpretations that may have been distorted over time.
Contrary to exclusivity in religious scholarship, Bahá’ís believe that sacred texts are the collective heritage of humanity, affirming every individual's right and responsibility to study and gain insights from these spiritual treasures.
By educating oneself about the common threads in all religions, Bahá’ís aim to dispel the myths perpetuated for control and manipulation, replacing them with understanding and cooperation.
Yes, in the Bahá’í Faith, deepening knowledge of other religions is believed to reinforce one's understanding of the Bahá’í principles, further confirming the oneness of God, religion, and humanity.
Not syncretism, but a harmonious respect for all faiths; Bahá’ís maintain distinct beliefs while acknowledging and learning from the divine elements present in every world religion.