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Sacred Narratives

Sacred narrative functions in the Baha'i Faith mainly as a way of illustrating spiritual teachings and providing inspiration and role models. The principle sacred narratives of the Baha'i Faith are the lives of its central figures, Baha'u'llah, the Bab, and 'Abdu'l-Baha.

Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings

Baha'is believe in God. The Essence of God is unknowable but the attributes of God can be known. These attributes are revealed in all things but most particularly and most perfectly in the founders of the world religions who are called Manifestations of God.

Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence

The Baha'i faith teaches that human beings have two aspects: a physical aspect, the needs of which press urgently for their attention and thus distract them from the true purpose of human existence, which is to perfect their spiritual aspect.

Suffering and the Problem of Evil

For Baha'is, there is no independent evil force in the world. Figures, such as the Devil or evil spirits, are symbols for the base nature of human beings that is the source of evil. Suffering can, however, have the function of assisting humans in their spiritual growth.

Afterlife and Salvation

The Baha'i scriptures assert that human beings continue to exist in a spiritual life after death. Salvation is not so much a state as a process of perfecting human spiritual attributes.