Northern Illinois Bahá'ís

Why Bahá'í - Ted Utchen


Northern Illinois USA Glen Ellyn, IL

As to how I became a Baha'i, here is my story.  I was raised by very religious parents of a major denomination, and I soon learned there were multiple faiths out there, each claiming that only it was the true religion and all the others were flawed in some respect.  You either had to accept their prophet as Lord and Savior, or you would be banished to perdition when your time came.  This seemed very judgmental to me, I did not care for it, and religion took a back seat in my life.  Then several decades ago I learned of the Baha'i Faith when I stopped in to visit at the Baha'i  House of Worship in Wilmette.  I learned that religion evolves along with the evolution of history, and that new religions are born every 1,000 to 1,500 years to meet the spiritual needs of the people at that time, and each new religion will have its own prophet or messenger to lead the people at that time.  Previous religions met the spiritual needs of the people when they came into existence, and we respected those religions and their respective prophets for their service to humanity.  And the newest, current religion is the Baha'i Faith, founded in 1863 by its prophet or messenger, Baha'u'llah, and meeting our spiritual needs in the current era of history.  

This is a totally non-judgmental religious philosophy that I took to right away.   I acquired the book of Baha'i Prayers and also the writings of Baha'u'llah and Abdul Baha, and I read them daily in my home.  They provide us with excellent moral guidance, and also lead us to live a life of kindness and services to others..  I came to the conclusion that the Baha'i Faith is the only common-sense religion that I have come across, and it does not require me to be judgmental of other religions.  And so finally, after several decades, I have become a registered  Baha'i, and I am quite pleased with myself and my Baha'i Faith.

Ted Utchen