Religions and Their Values

Religion is a system which connects a human being with the Creator to make sense of his existence. There are different types of religions practiced by the people throughout the world. God is explained in different ways by different religions but the motive of all religions is same-connecting with the Creator. By all means, religion is a path to reach near the God. There are many paths of religion. A religion is much more than deity worshipping. There are a lot of religions in the world, though people know only a handful of religions.

Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Jainism are some of the popular religions in the world. There are also Zoroastrianism, Santeria, Bahai and so on. A religion implants hope, faith and trust in an individual.

Types of Religions

Christianity

Christianity is one of the oldest and largest religions in the world. It has over two billion followers in the world. It believes in the notion of one God. It is centered on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, Son of God. Christianity was primarily a part of Judaism but it became separated because of some reasons. Christians worshiped Jesus Christ as a God in human form but Jews did not accept this.

Jews pursued a covenant which encloses a set of religious laws and traditions that need to be practiced. Christians refused to follow this covenant and formed a new religion that included Jesus Christ’s teachings.

Judaism

The oldest religion of Abrahamic religions is Judaism. It follows the laws and principles of Hebrew Bible recognized as Tanakh. The struggles of the Hubrews or the Jews are described by this Old Testament.

Islam

It has over 1 billion followers. Its followers believe in one God Whom they call “Allah” and consider Muhammad as their prophet. It is one of the “monotheistic” religions of the world. Its holy book is Quran and the followers are called Muslims. The customs and discipline of the religion are strictly followed by the followers. There are five pillars or the five principles which guide the life of a Muslim such as Shahadah (faith). Sale (rite prayer), Zach (alms tax), Swam (Ramzan fasting) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). The meaning of Islam is surrendering to the will of God. There is a great importance of family life, dressing, cleanliness and ethics in the life of Muslims.

Sikhism

Like Christianity and Islam, Sikhism is also a monotheistic religion that means it believes in one God. It is a practical religion which does not believe in mere words. It was founded by Guru Nanak in Punjab region of what is now in Pakistan… Sikh refers to God as Waheguru. The main virtue of this religion is simplicity. This religion opposes all ritualism and formalism.

Hinduism

Hinduism is considered as one of the most tolerant religions in the world. To attain Moksha from the rebirth cycle is the aim of every Hindu. There are many spiritual traditions and practices which Hindus had adopted over the centuries, can be seen even today in the lives of many Hindus.

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