Creating a New Religion
There are many different religions in the world, Christian, Jewish, Buddhism, Muslim, to name but a few. There are also thousands of Denominations, for each of the religions, for example The Christian religion has Protestant, Catholic, Jehovah's Witness, Mormon and over 900 others that we know of.
The thing about religion is that until we are dead we have no undeniable proof that anything is true or false or if there really is an afterlife, therefore if you were to create a religion of your own, no one could ever prove that what you are preaching is complete and utter cod's wallop.
Starting your own Religion
The first thing to think about is what will your religion be, will it be a new denomination of an existing religion, or will it be a brand new religion, with a brand new God or even an idol for your followers to worship,
Once you have decided that, it is a simple step to move on to naming your religion, for this example we will use hubpages as the religion and Paul the Holy Father,
And on the 10th of November 2007 Hubbism is born
Register your religion
The next step would be to register your religion with the government, this is a step that legalises your religion and gives you the reward of many tax benefits which should help your religion prosper when the money from your flock starts coming in.
What better a place to start a new religion, than on the World Wide Web, with the chance of followers from all over the world, you could be the first religious leader to ever start up from your own bedroom, or on the sofa in front of the TV with your laptop perched on your knees, why go out and meet your followers when you can preach to them in the comfort of your own home. And the true bonus is that no one need ever know your true identity.
This is the difficult part of the process, coming up with a story that people will believe, do you write your bible or do you make it up as you go along, I personally would choose the second option and if I made a mistake and contradicted myself, I would tell people to look at any other religion there are many contradictions in every religion.
In the beginning Paul and his disciples created the hub, and the hub took over the World Wide Web, the Holy Father Paul and his disciples quickly spread the word of the hub and have a list of followers that grows every day. In the name of the Holy Father Paul amen.
Religious Days and Holidays
As the creator of your own religion you get to choose the day that you Worship your God, I personally would choose, Monday because that is the day of the week most of us hate, which means that you couldn't go into work on Mondays because in your religion that is the Sabbath day.
Choose your own holidays too, wouldn't you prefer your version of Christmas to be in the summer months, when you can chill out and relax in the sun and enjoy the time off. It's your religion you choose what you want to celebrate when you want.
Monetising your Religion
To keep your Religion going you will need money, there are many ways to make money from your followers, you could use a program like Google adsense and run advertising on your church website, you could sell religious, icons and eBooks that you have hastily produced, you could even sell T-shirts or other items with your religious logo on them.
PayPal is another option asking your flock to make donations through a PayPal account can be effective.
There you have it now you know how why don't you give it a go, In the name of the Holy Father Paul.....Amen
Nathaniel Plumtree from Basingstoke on October 10, 2014:
Brilliant Hub Jimmy, I love the idea of hiding your true identity behind a computer. I believe in my own version of beliefs and found this quite helpful.
Maggie Bennett from New York on April 05, 2013:
Just what I needed today. It really gave me a lift. Monday would be perfect for me too. Great hub. Voted up and awesome!
vishvas astha on March 18, 2012:
jimmy great work ... i think the best religion would be stopping discrimination amongst humans on the basis of casteism . . it would be actual path god would love us to follow ... where every human is equal :)
Zack Wolfe on March 15, 2012:
I am normally Atheist and have been for over a decade, but now i realize i can create a religion that I really believe in. It is called Euthesism, and it is the right to believe that the world is completely divine, and neverending (Forevor young). It is to believe that god was originally a human being like us, but thru certain ways (I haven't gotten that far! Don't judge me!) he has become the divine and true ruler of the universe. He was born in the Garden of Eden 100,000,000 years before the dinosaurs or anything ever existed. At first there was nothing, then there were two people. one male, the other female. They were the rulers of nothingness, and they loved eachother. for they were forevor immortal. But, somehow, she then died. He, saddened to the point of no meaning, created the universe, and humanity in his image. He watched over them, sad. so much that when a star were to supernova, it meant he lost one more emotion, and so did we. That's as far as i got! This really helped! Thnx!
georgethegent from Hillswick, Shetland, UK on February 12, 2012:
That's the answer Jimmy. I've always felt pretty God-like and now I can earn a few quid telling the masses that I am their lord and their god. I'll sing my way up your street, check your pockets for cash please!!!
person on October 29, 2011:
we have to make a religon for school
this helped a lot thnx
Steve Andrews from Lisbon, Portugal on August 15, 2011:
Great hub, Jimmy! It made me smile! Voted up and tagged as funny!
Jason Menayan from San Francisco on October 24, 2010:
This is hilarious! And, yes, very true. L Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer who started the Scientology religion was quoted to have said that to make real money, don't be a science fiction writer; the real money's in creating a new religion. ;-)
Seren Seraph on October 08, 2010:
Obviously no one this cynical with so little understanding of spirituality should ever start a religion. The implication that all religion is cynical or evil is rampant in our culture. But this does not make it so. Are we honestly expected to believe that all great spiritual leader that either started or were the source figure[s] of a religion were insincere, giggling con artists?
Kymmmy amanda rounds on August 20, 2010:
My religion is called X trek we believe David Duchovany is KIng David and gillian anderson is Bathsheba We believe that the prophets from the old testement of the bible are God we believe that the vigin mary is and was God and Rebecca Ruth Sarah From the old testement of the Bible an virgin mary and joan of arc are the same person and had the same face and look. We believe in reancarnation but we believe the person looks the same in every life with the same phisical features. WE believe that many famous people are saints and people from the bible Christian slater is ezeikiel the prophet Mathew pery is the prophet isaiah and both are God and that matt lebanc is jacob from the old testement jennifer anderson is rachel from the od testement anddavid shwimmer is the prophet micah. WE believe tat keither sutherland is c.s lewis and we believe The lionthe witch and the wardrobe aslan and narnia is true. we believe in star trek WE BELIEVE STAR TREK IS REAL WE BELIEVE VOYAGER IS AREAL SPACE SHIP THAT FLYS AROUND IN SPACE WITH PEOPLE REALY RIDING ON HER wE LOVE TELIVISION AND MOVIES THEY ARE AT THE CORE OF THE XTREK RELIGION IN AN XTREK CHURCH YOU CUDDLE UP WITH YOUR LOVED ONES ON COMFTABLE COUCHES I.E AMOTHER CUDDLES UP WITH HER CHILDREN OR BEST FRIENDS SISTERS BROTHERSCUDDLE UP ON THE COUCH WE LOVE INCEST ESPESSIALLY BETWEEN A BROTHER AND SISTER.WE BELIEVE THAT JULLIAN BASHIR FROM STAR TREK DEEP SACE NINE IS THE HOLY SIRIT WE BELIEVE GABRIEL THE ANGEL IS JULLIAN BASHIR AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WE BELIEVE GABRIELL WAS IN LOVE WITH THE VIRGIN MARY WE BELIEVE THAT MARY AND GABRIELL CONCIED THE BABY JESUS BY HAVING SEXUAL INTER COURSE WE BELIEVE THAT BABY JESUS IS SMON COW FROM AMEICAN IDOL AND THAT HE IS ALSO THE MUSLIM PROPHET MAHAMUD.WE PROMISE THE BABY JESUS CAME OUT OF MARYS BEAUTIFULL VAGINA WE ARE A CATHOLIC MASLIM JEWISH RELIGION IAM JOAN OF ARC AN ALICE IN WONDERLAND
BenjaminB on August 19, 2010:
The first ponzi scheme ever known to mankind, why not extend it to the web as I'm sure it is alreay occuring. great humor in this,thanks for a great laugh.
Nancy Cotto on August 09, 2010:
It has been my experience that when I am in nature, I truly get in touch with my higher power; meditating in peace; finding the answers to my problems; and I would like to start my own religion based on that experience where people come as they are without any prejudisisms that we see in the "normal churches. I strongly believe that God (our higher power) accepts us just as we are, no matter where you are in life, and when you have that experience, and come in contact with yourself (through meditation, prayer, communication with God-the higher power), then you make your own decisions without no one dictating to you. Jesus did not preach in buildings, He walked around and saved and healed people. I strongly feel that If surounding myself to nature has worked for me to come closer to my higher power and leaving me stressed free to make the proper decisions in the real world then I invite you to start this new worship with me.
Olf Arts on June 17, 2010:
I've had numerous but serious discussions with my new brethren at the local pub regarding our new religion in our small town. We're waiting for one of us to make an initial step. Im sure we will do this but the only problem is... everyone wants to be the treasurer.
aktifistri from China on May 22, 2010:
LOL..religion oh religion..i appreciate the idea, Jimmy! Each religion has been showing many faces all along the history of mankind..basically i embrace religion by parents' heritage, as now I am at the stage of re-contemplating and reconstruct my view, understanding, and interpretation about any religion including the one i still embrace now.
So, in the middle of my 'wandering' articles like this is no longer offensive as i can picture some religious people would might feel offended by this.. :)
BTW, i fancy the very relevant ads on the right-corner-top of this page says "Protecting religious freedom without limiting religious free speech". In indonesian i'll say 'Hidup Kebebasan Berbicara dan Berpikir!'. Salam damai to all :)
Charles Fox from United Kingdom on April 17, 2010:
Got to your Hub AFTER starting my own Internet religion here on HubPages. All religions (with a small 'r') are a credo and each person has their own credo. How they understand their own religion and their own God(s) is different to the next person that is a member of the same religion. So, I believe everyone has a unique religion of their own - so I realised my religion with words.
I had applied or thought of all of your suggestions except 2 - monetising and holidays. I will give them my serious consideration! (smiley)
brat on April 06, 2010:
i BELIEVE... ;)
christianbooks on February 27, 2010:
Funny yet Interesting Idea ! You have a Great Hub going !
I am pretty happy and fulfilled in my religion -- but the idea of starting a religion in the web and using paypal for donation channel is just hilarious !!
umybaby on February 22, 2010:
i BELIEVE IT IS A BRILLIANT IDEA
Retsuzen on February 22, 2010:
This is actually funny, but good and true. In fact I am the founder and legally registered, although not necessary in the US, of the new religion known as Shikata or literal translation as "The Way". It is a mix of Zen Buddhism, Traditional homesteading and Native American spiritual beliefs of the land and animals. Great Hub, Nameh
umybaby on January 09, 2010:
I like your hub it is full of interesting ideas
NanTY ShoTZZ!!! on September 24, 2009:
nice you can make your own religion.The others comment is nonsense and for stupid men. Listen to all people hu post comments you cannot say any bad things about hi idea
Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on September 20, 2009:
Lee Boolean on September 07, 2009:
Excellent Hub, well done!
But we need to claim a miracle or two, plus of course have a path of salvation.. all the good ones are taken, like flying carpets, comets, Armageddon.
Darrell Roberts from North Carolina on August 25, 2009:
Love the Hub, you have a great sense of humor. I think I like Prophet Tom's religion idea, evreyday a holiday and no more shool. That sound good. :)
Josko Jesus Christ on August 06, 2009:
Very interesting and thank you, while your wit is evident and there are many with messages attempting to reach the soul I look forward to presenting you all with my new revelation which should enlighten you to the truth and a new direction evident and real.
Student in Australia on June 15, 2009:
Very informative. Any ideas on australian registration rules?
my and my friends are thinking of registering a religion where use of ties, blazers, and top buttons are forbidden. i think have the support of at least two thirds of the student body.
Shannon on June 09, 2009:
christian, Jewish and muslim are not religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam are, just thought you might like to be a little more informed, it cant hurt.
hampak from worldwide on May 29, 2009:
i just want to comment regarding creating a religion. you should not create a religion. true religion it's already exist. the only we should do is to be a member and that religion is in the bible which jesus christ the head which is called Church of God
Alexander Silvius from Portland, Oregon on May 29, 2009:
So heretical, but a very funny take on the truth as well. I just wrote my first "religious piece" last night on hubpages. I hate it when people take advantage of forums like this to preach, so I wrote this piece because it was the next thing on my mind - hopefully a brighter perspective than the outlook on organized and money grubbing religion. (There are real Christians out here!).
Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on March 04, 2009:
Internet religion while wearing your bunny slippers is a fab idea. I think I'm going to cross off looking for leased space in a Colorado Strip Mall. I'm stayin home for this one. Now, when did you say the cash starts flowing in? ;)
Matt Harless from Indiana on February 13, 2009:
Good idea! I have heard the 50% of all people who start a religion become millionaries in their lifetime. You should link this hub with "How to Marry a Millionaire."
Roach on November 21, 2008:
"register your religion with the government" how do I do this in the United states?
Prophet Tom on September 27, 2008:
LOL!!! I think im going to start a religion every day is a holiday! No more school!!!
Reverend Joseph Mattox on June 09, 2008:
By the way you DO NOT have to register with the government if you live in The United States. If you choose to you will receive major tax breaks and the ability to accept CHARITABLE DONATIONS. However, you can accept donations ,but you must notify donors that it is non charitable and you must report it as income.
Govind on April 29, 2008:
first you need to forgate present religion and believes. practiclly its to hard. otherwise find some philosopher.
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on February 02, 2008:
Hahahah very witty Jimmy :-) As for creating a new religion--nah! That's too headachy! I prefer to empower people and let them create ripples of their own wherever and whatever state of life they are in.
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on February 02, 2008:
Hahahaha very witty Jimmy. Love this hub. :-) As to creating my own religion...that's too headachy. I prefer to empower people and help them create great ripples wherever and whatever state of life they are in.
william/Will/Bill on December 22, 2007:
I like the ideas.The best religon would be a mix of all those already there.It should have an overal meaninig of love and reconciliation..........I know the more one gives the more love comes back and we must all try to be honest with ourselves................there can be no hell only a complete or incomplete happines when we leave this planet for good. Complete happiness could only be achieved when we become selfless.A period of loss would be necessary to receive enlightonment depending on our life.God bless everyone
Theophanes Avery from New England on November 19, 2007:
Awe, you forgot the best part, learning how to pick out the weak from the crowd and talking them into becoming conversion machines so you won't have to pass out any more lame pamphlets yourself...
thecounterpunch on November 15, 2007:
Great I didn't know how to :
"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion"
L. Ron Hubbard, 1940, quoted in Reader's Digest 1980
Lisakg from Caribbean on November 13, 2007:
Seriously, when Jesus came, he did not come to establish a religion. Religion is really a man made establishment. Christianity is supposed to be a way of life. You people really give me good ideas for hubs. I think I will do a hub on Religon. Thanks jimmythejock
Wendy Iturrizaga from France on November 13, 2007:
Uff... too much work (and that is against my religio!) I will keep myself as a solitary practitioner!
exmachina on November 11, 2007:
I wouldn't belong to any religion that would have me...Including my own!
des donnelly from Co Tyrone.... on November 10, 2007:
funny you should mention this Jimmy, I work here in the US for a rally (as in Subaru) park and we just bought an old bus which belonged to a church of some sort. I was looking at it in the sunlight and thought ... oh I must sticker it up and call it....the church of the Latter Day Rally CarsRegardsDrax
Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on November 10, 2007:
I love this idea. I tried to start my own religion. i couldn't even get my family to attend;)
Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on November 10, 2007:
When I saw the title of the HUB my reaction was why would anyone want to start a new religion? We have too many already. However, knowing Jimmy is I read the entire Hub and found the answer to my question at the end!!
Shavi on November 10, 2007:
Earth Angel on November 10, 2007:
Jimmy that is just too, too funny!! GREAT Hub!! GREAT laughter here!! May St. Earth Angel send blessings on your day!!