Baha’i is a monotheistic religion that emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind. Three core principles establish a basis for Bahá’í teachings and doctrine: the unity of God, that there is only one God who is the source of all creation; the unity of religion, that all major religions have the same spiritual source and come from the same God; and the unity of humanity, that all humans have been created equal and that diversity of race and culture are seen as worthy of appreciation and acceptance. According to the Bahá’í Faith’s teachings, the human purpose is to learn to know and to love God through such methods as prayer, reflection and being of service to humanity.
The Baha’i religion is a relatively new faith in the world. The Baha’i headquarters is in Haifa, Israel, and is known for the temple that sits on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The terms “Bahai faith” and “Bahai religion” are both correct terminology. “Bahai faith” is the term most associated with the worldview and convictions of Bahai’s adherents, while “Bahai religion” is the term most used when refering to the community’s organization, institutions, and religious requirements. The Baha’i religion also has important symbols, such as the Ringstone.