Baha'u'llah claimed to be the Return of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Mohammad and all the Prophets. The claim puts the fate of billions of Souls, and indeed the planet, at stake. True or false, it is a claim that demands urgent, independent investigation and deep prayer. See some of those amazing prayers here...
The Baha'i Faith is the only Democratic Religion on the planet. With no clergy, the entire administration is created with the primary privilege of the Bahais: the right to vote. Authority in this system resides in the life and mind of the individual, as we merge our will with that of our Creator. Other privileges include giving to the Bahai Funds, which only Bahais are allowed to do, seeing the events on the planet with new vision and attaining an Angelic Station, among many others.
Although Baha'is do not accept contributions from non members, Baha'u'llah states that giving even less than a penny is more important than all the wealth on the planet. In fact, He then says: No, it's even greater, as the Baha'is occupy a Divine Station.
Democracy itself is a very novel and new concept, one of the blessings brought by Baha'u'llah. Even in America and Britain, women and minorities were not allowed to vote for many years. Ancient Greece had a few sparkles of democracy, but in a heavily class laden and class conscious social matrix.
The Baha'i system, with no party politics, no campaigning, and voting on the basis of spiritual qualities, is unique in the world, and is creating the foundation for a new Democracy and basis of authority that the planet at this point can't even imagine. In fact, Abdu'l-Baha states that the primary purpose of all institutions and administration is human happiness!
Want to become a Baha'i? You do so by filling out a "Baha'i Declaration" card. There is one you can print out at the bottom of THIS page. Just fill it out and give, email or mail it to a Baha'i Local Assembly near you!
"The Ancient Beauty hath consented to be bound with chainsthat mankind may be released from its bondage, and hath accepted to be made a prisoner within this most mighty Stronghold that the whole world may attain to true liberty. He hath drained to its dregs the cup of sorrow, that all the peoples of the earth may attain unto abiding joy, and be filled with gladness. This is of the mercy of your Lord, the Compassionate, the Most Merciful. We have accepted to be abased, O believers in the Unity of God, that ye may be exalted, and have suffered manifold afflictions, that ye might prosper and flourish. He Who hath come to build anew the whole world, behold, how they... have forced Him to dwell within the most desolate of cities!"
"Wert Thou to bestow on one of Thy creatures what would equal the kingdoms of earth and heaven, it would still not diminish by even as much as an atom the immensity of Thy dominion. Far greater art Thou than the Great One men are wont to call Thee, for such a title is but one of Thy names all of which were created by a mere indication of Thy will.
There is no God but Thee, the God of power, the God of glory, the God of knowledge and wisdom."