A Bahá'í Vision of Global Oneness
Note:Be alert to the contradictions in the Baha'i statements below. On one hand they call for diversity and rejection of all forms of prejudice. On the other hand, they call for "spiritual principles" that would ban Biblical Christianity. The Baha'i agenda -- widely promoted through the United Nations -- would abolish our freedom to follow the narrow way to God rather than the world's popular highway to a global spirituality. No wonder Jesus warned us that,
"If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.....If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you... because they do not know Him who sent Me. " John 15:18-21
"The successful execution of the programmes enunciated in Agenda 21 will greatly depend on the willingness of the peoples and nations of the world to recognise the vital link between global transformation and spiritual principles.... Primary among the spiritual principles which must guide the systematic implementation of Agenda 21 is the oneness of humanity. It is this cardinal principle that Bahá'ís believe will provide the spiritual, moral and ethical underpinnings for the successful translation of Agenda 21 into practical action in all parts of the world and at all levels of human society. ... 'Its watchword is unity in diversity.'
"Recognition of this principle requires the abandonment of prejudice - prejudice of every kind - race, class, colour, creed, nation, sex, degree of material civilisation, everything which enables people to see themselves as superior to others....
"Chapters 23 - 32 of Agenda 21 spell out the role of all major groups and all segments of human society in creating a sustainable future. These chapters call for women, men, youth, elders, indigenous peoples, industrialists, environmentalists, educators and scientists to work together and among themselves to bring about such a future. In an increasingly interdependent global community it is important that we tap the creative talents of all peoples....
"Translating the contents of Agenda 21 into practical action, however, will require afundamental change in the values and ethics which currently govern the thoughts and actions of its peoples, nations and institutions. Consultation must replace confrontation; unity must replace divisiveness; compassion, empathy and respect for nature must replace selfishness and greed. ...
The Bahá'í view on values and the UNCED process was summed up in the statement of the Bahá'í International Community read to the delegates assembled at the Earth Summit on 4 June 1992:
universal values which alone can empower individuals and peoples to act in accordance with long-term interests of the planet and humanity as a whole. Once tapped, this powerful and dynamic source of individual and collective motivation will release such a profound and salutary spirit among the peoples of the earth that no power will be able to resist its unifying force ... Universal acceptance of this principle - with its implications for social and economic justice, universal participation in non-adversarial decision making, peace and collective security, equality of the sexes, and universal education - will make possible the reorganisation and administration of the world as one country, the home of humankind."
-- by Peter Adriance
See also The U.N. Plan for Your Community | The Habitat II Agenda
Reinventing the World | Don't Be Deceived!
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