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Do you pray? [I Believe In Prayer]

[b]Let your actions cry aloud to the world[/b]...
for it is [b]actions that speak to the world and are the cause of the progress of humanity.[/b] Our actions will help on the world, will spread civilization, will help the progress of science, and cause the arts to develop. Without action nothing in the material world can be accomplished, neither can words unaided advance a man in the spiritual Kingdom. [b]It is not through lip-service only that the elect of God have attained to holiness, but by patient lives of active service they have brought light into the world.[/b]

[b][quote]Therefore strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers.
Turn towards God, and seek always to do that which is right and noble.
Enrich the poor, raise the fallen, comfort the sorrowful,
bring healing to the sick, reassure the fearful,
rescue the oppressed, bring hope to the hopeless, shelter the destitute![/quote][/b]

If we strive to do all this, then are we true... but if we neglect it, we are not followers of the Light, and we have no right to the name.
God, who sees all hearts, knows how far our lives are the fulfillment of our words.[/b]

(Excerpts of a talk by Abdul-Baha, from Paris Talks, the Baha'i Faith)
[@406917,Alexsw] Namaste. Your soul is beautiful. If you don't believe you have a soul, then "your person" is beautiful. Thank you for your honesty. I honor that.
Alexsw · 70-79, M
[@1192954,MsAlaineEYes] welcome
Alexsw · 70-79, M
[@406917,Alexsw] Yes, Have been for about 5 years on the 23rd of this month.
Do you know about the Baha'i faith?

Some, before doing any independent investigation find themselves mimicking the words of "cult" and other false and derogatory names.

It's really the Faith for "this time", imho. No clergy. No tithe. No having to "go to church on Sunday". We meet when we want, we have social events and services for the youth, the elderly, the sick, the disenfranchised and the oppressed. The best people that I've met on the planet yet. Much more sincerity and truthfulness (it is the foundation of all human virtues)...true love and unity of diverse peoples. We have diversity: white, black, brown, (Hispanic, Latin America, Persian) African, Asian, men, women and some Transgender who love the Faith...

I have been a Humanist, Buddhist, Evangelical "born again" Christian, a Messianic Believer (I'm not Jewish but Jewish believers in Jesus/Yeshua) and for a short time, almost agnostic/atheist (actually ex-christian) but not EX Jesus, I always believed that Jesus walked this earth and that His Holiness the Christ, IS and always will be the LOVE OF GOD to this world.
Alexsw · 70-79, M
[@1192954,MsAlaineEYes] I have read literature of Bahai faith.I had visited Lotus temple.
***my heart leaped***
It's on my Bucket List...

Is it as BIG as it looks and what did you do there? Any special event or just visit to pray?

I have been to the North American House of Worship.
My next one will probably be the European House of Worship in Germany.
Of course, I'd love to visit them all.

See all here:
[@654464,EvilFairy] LOVE that...I get it... but YOU would ACT upon what you believe that God wants for you, right? That's the difference in PRAYER depending upon what religion you are talking about. In the Baha'i faith; we pray that OUR WILL be aligned with God's it's not us asking God for stuff, but us turning to God to be transformed into more elevated spiritual beings. Some say "Prayer changes things", I've always believed that "Prayer changes ME".
How Bahai is different from Christianity and Islam? How it is not so popular?
[@657449,ABCDEF7] TOO big of a question to answer...
[b][/b] will help you with some of the answers...

We don't proselytize...we if you haven't seen a commercial for Baha'i, lol, you won't. Christianity's mandate was to "go out and teach and make disciples". Baha'is don't do that; we are "not permitted". If a person is searching for truth, in what we believe the Baha'i Faith gives us, then they will find the Faith. We "dont take collections" or demand that you preach to everyone and tell them about your faith. It's a very respectful, loving Faith.

It is an "Abrahamic Faith"...
actually, Bahaullah is in the lineage of Keturah, Moses' wife...
so that is It's connection to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

It has A LOT of the same messages as other religions and then it is very different:
Independent Investigation is what drew me...( a religion that requires us to THINK FOR OURSELVES...) Personal growth and maturity. Spiritual enlightenment. Unity. World Peace. Education. Financial and Economic Equity. Brotherhood of Humankind. Equality of the Races, Religions and Sexes. (there are only two: the sex act is FOR marriage only)

Baha'i Faith has a "declared number" of over 8 Million all over the world BUT there are some countries, like Iran, who persecute, steal businesses, livelihoods and homes of Baha'is, banning them from education and even desecrating their graveyards. Baha'is just endured a mass execution ending in an abhorrent MASS BURIAL with is the ultimate indignity of any human. So I believe that there are OVER 10M maybe up to 20M true "declared" Baha'is who are not declared on paper so that they will not put themselves or their families (in another country that persecutes Baha'is) at risk of persecution.

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