On first impressions, Baha’i makes a lot of sense. But after reading more about the all-accepting religion, it doesn’t really fit the bill.
The main points of the Baha’i faith are:
1. All religions are one.
2. Religion must conform to science and reason.
3. All humans are one.
4. Baha’u’llah is the manifestation of God for the present age.
5. Women and men are equal.
6. There should be one universal language.
All of these points are ideal. But that seems to be the problem for me, it’s very idealist, and not a reality. All religions are not one. Religions inherently contradict science and reason. The Baha’i faith seems to be searching for unity and a world community. It is almost an anti-religion, preaching the need for coexistence among all. However its roots are with the Islamic faith and they still wholly believe in a God. They believe in a higher power.
My main issue is with the idealism. Should religion be ideal? Should it reflect an ideal world? And strive for perfection? No one is perfect, but are we supposed to try?
Baha’i seems to be based on the world we live in, it is seemingly progressive, but what it strives for seems out of reach and frankly all over the place. It is universal, which is something I understand the need for, but I find hard fitting in the schema of religion.