Stories coming in from all over the country show that the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith make sense to a lot of people who were raised in other traditions.
A Bahá’í reports on a seeker from North Carolina:
“____ was raised southern Baptist, and at a young age started questioning what he was learning. He spent time trying to figure out what he believed. During this process he met Bahá’ís in his area and started attending activities, reading and learning more about the Faith and Bahá’u’lláh. He felt that the Faith was exactly what he had been looking for.”
A new believer in Texas says:
“Since I was born, I was always interested in religion and spirituality. I would always ask questions about God, and often had religious experiences, but after a while I lost touch with my spiritual side.
“When I was about 12 years old, I started reading the Bible and became interested in religion again. As I learned more and more, it was obvious to me that I didn’t agree with mainstream Christianity. So I investigated a number of religions like Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism, but I didn’t completely agree with any. During this time, I learned of the Bahá’í Faith and agreed with everything I read or heard about it.
“After doing a lot more research into the Faith, I made it official right after my 15th birthday.”
A seeker in Florida writes to a Bahá’í who has been teaching him:
“I have many questions regarding the Bahá’í Faith. Only recently have I discovered this faith. Being raised as a Christian, I have always questioned the dogma. I am a free thinker, but always have been a strong believer in the God of Abraham. I recently have returned from India on a University study abroad program and have seen the peaceful ways of the eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hindusim…. What I admire most about the Bahá’í Faith is that it gives credence to various messengers of God from many Religions. At the core, I have always maintained the belief that most religions have a message of peace and for the advancement of civilization and mankind. However, I am not a pacifist and I believe in self defense, security, law, liberty, peace, and justice for everyone regardless of race, gender or creed. I would like to learn more about the evolution of the Abrahamic religions from Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb and the teachings of the Bahá’u’lláh. I find it to be the most wise and rational ideology of all.”