Religion’s goal is not only the salvation of the individual, but humanity’s collective attainment of “the Promised Day”.

In this respect, the texts speak with one voice: religion’s goal is humanity’s attainment of the age of “in-gathering”,[65] of “one fold, and one shepherd”;[66] the great age to come when “the Earth will shine with the glory of its Lord”[67] and the will of God is carried out “in earth, as it is in heaven”;[68] “the promised Day”[69] when the “holy city”[70] will descend “out of heaven, from … God”,[71] when “the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it”,[72] when God will demand to know “what mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor”;[73] the Day when scriptures that have been “sealed till the time of the end”[74] would be opened and union with God will find expression in “a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name”;[75] an age utterly beyond anything humanity will have experienced, the mind conceived or language as yet encompassed: “even as We produced the first Creation, so shall We produce a new one: a promise We have undertaken: truly shall We fulfil it.” [76]

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One Common Faith

Prepared in 2005 under the supervision of the Universal House of Justice, this commentary reviews relevant passages from both the writings of Bahá’u’lláh and the scriptures of other faiths against the background of the contemporary religious crisis. (source: link)