But unfortunately we live in an age when godlessness has spread widely throughout the world and therefore this task becomes difficult. The leaders of religion have so distorted the essence of religion and dimmed its light that a growing number of people, mostly  81  honest but disillusioned, are joining the ranks of the agnostics and atheists, while the great majority of those who claim to believe in God are not sure what their beliefs entail. The One, the Incomparable, the Omnipotent God, Whose praises have been extolled in all the Holy Books, is now either forgotten in the churches and in the minds of men or has become a subject of controversy, described in countless ways by those who still cling to their old and divided religions. The words 'God' and 'religion' have acquired strange connotations in this age, and this is due to the fact that the light of true religion has been obscured by the corrupt practices and misrepresentations of religious leaders.

Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh v 2, p. 80