The purpose of religion ....

The purpose of religion as revealed from the heaven of God's holy Willis to establish unity and concord amongst the peoples of the world;make it not the cause of dissension and strife.  The religion ofGod and His divine law are the most potent instruments and the surestof all means for the dawning of the light of unity amongst men. The progress of the world, the development of nations, the tranquillityof peoples, and the peace of all who dwell on earth are among theprinciples and ordinances of God.  Religion bestoweth upon man themost precious of all gifts, offereth the cup of prosperity, impartetheternal life, and showereth imperishable benefits upon mankind. Baha'u'llah

The purpose of all the divine religions is the establishment of thebonds of love and fellowship among men, and the heavenly phenomena ofthe revealed Word of God are intended to be a source of knowledge andillumination to humanity.  So long as man persists in hisadherence to ancestral forms and imitation of obsolete ceremonials,denying higher revelations of the divine light in the world, strife andcontention will destroy the purpose of religion and make love andfellowship impossible.  Each of the holy Manifestations announcedthe glad tidings of His successor, and each One confirmed the messageof His predecessor.  Therefore, inasmuch as They were agreed andunited in purpose and teaching, it is incumbent upon Their followers tobe likewise unified in love and spiritual fellowship.  In no otherway will discord and alienation disappear and the oneness of the worldof humanity be established.

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