“Baha’u’llah has said that religion is dying out in every land. One of the most striking evidences of the truth of that statement is the abdication of responsibility for one’s own life on the part of an ever increasing number of people.To be no longer in charge of determining one’s destiny is to adopt a passive attitude towards life an attitude devoid of self discipline, initiative, volition, and attainment. The inevitable consequence is a yielding to the pressures of the old order and conformity to behavior patterns which hasten its downfall.
“Religion dies out when man forgets God’s purpose for him. Without a sense of that purpose, there can be no vision of spiritual destiny, no motivation to live in the present in ways that guarantee a spiritual life in the future, no reason to resist the corrupting temptations of a collapsing civilization. The rebirth of religion, therefore, means an infusion of God’s purpose for man into the affairs of men. Fundamentally, this is what the Baha’i Faith does as it spreads throughout the world; it provides the means through which each individual follower of Baha’u’llah can gain knowledge of God’s purpose for man in this day and, in collaboration with all of the Baha’is throughout the world, translate that purpose into action which will ultimately lead us to the Most Great Peace.
“If we are serious about becoming true Baha’is, if this is one of our most important objectives, then we must have knowledge of God’s purpose for man, the will to plan our lives around it, and the capacity to act. Without knowledge, volition, and action, no spiritual transformation can occur.”
(Daniel Jordan, ‘Baha’i Comprehensive Deepening Program: Knowledge – Volition – Action’)