Bahá’ís Believe: Harmony of Science and Religion

A small galaxy about 200,000 light years away that orbits our own Milky Way galaxy. © NASA/CXC/JPL-Caltech/STScI

Do you believe in God? Many do. Some don’t, because they say that God can’t be seen. However, we believe in other things we can’t see, such as gravity. And how about love? These things are invisible, but you can witness their effects. For example, objects fall to the ground because of gravity. And if a friend you love had to move away, you’d probably feel sad. Love can’t be proven with science, but very few people would argue that it doesn’t exist. 

Religion can help us understand something else we can’t see—the spiritual side of ourselves. The Bahá’í Faith says that “science and religion, the two most potent forces in human life” should cooperate. Both help us make exciting discoveries about ourselves and our world.

Through time, God has sent Messengers, including Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Bahá’u’lláh, to teach us spiritual truths that are in harmony with science. God also gave us the wonderful gift of our minds, so we can figure things out. Religion can help us use science and technology in ways that benefit humanity. We can choose to build new weapons or new recycling plants.

When we investigate truth with both our hearts and our minds, we can learn more about the mysteries of God and our universe. In the words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá’u’lláh, “Happy are those who spend their days in gaining knowledge, in discovering the secrets of nature…”

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