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The Power of a Unifying Global Faith

April 12, 2010

By Bobak Tavangar

“O CONTENDING peoples and kindreds of the earth! Set your faces towards unity, and let the radiance of its light shine upon you. Gather ye together, and for the sake of God resolve to root out whatever is the source of contention amongst you. Then will the effulgence of the world’s great Luminary envelop the whole earth, and its inhabitants become the citizens of one city, and the occupants of one and the same throne…There can be no doubt whatever that the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God. The difference between the ordinances under which they abide should be attributed to the varying requirements and exigencies of the age in which they were revealed. All of them, except a few which are the outcome of human perversity, were ordained of God, and are a reflection of His Will and Purpose. Arise and, armed with the power of faith, shatter to pieces the gods of your vain imaginings, the sowers of dissension amongst you. Cleave unto that which draweth you together and uniteth you. This, verily, is the most exalted Word which the Mother Book hath sent down and revealed unto you. To this beareth witness the Tongue of Grandeur from His habitation of glory.”

~Baha’u’llah, Proclamation of Baha’u’llah

Hello from Shanghai!

I haven’t submitted a post for The E Street Beat in some time so I’d like this one to open with a bang. The subject matter should be groundbreaking. It should dive into something we’re not truly willing to discuss as a global community but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. It’s taboo. It’s universally misunderstood.

It is: faith as the purest, most sustainable, most effective solution—directly or indirectly—to all of the world’s problems. I’ll tell you why.

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