How was the universe created? What’s our purpose here on Earth? Is there an afterlife? Or does the mind simply vanish after death? Throughout the centuries people have asked themselves these questions, and some have used religion as a way to get some answers. Religion helps people get a better sense of the world they live in and it also helps them guide their lives. When someone is part of a religion they recognize one main deity, many deities, or in some cases they don’t worship a deity at all. For many hundreds of years, thousands of wars have been fought, some of them with a religious purpose for behind them. There are over six billion people living in our planet and most of them are part of some religion. There are some religions that have similarities with each other and there are others that are as different as day and night. There are some religions which are extremely popular and there are others which have barely survived as mere memories. But in the world today there are five main religions which have the largest number of followers. These religions are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world. Judaism originated in Israel in the Middle East. Migrations and expulsion of Jews have resulted in the existence of Jewish communities in all parts of the world. It is estimated that by the end of 2006, the Jewish population will have about 16 million followers. Judaism is based on the existence of one God, Yahweh, who came into agreement with the descendants of Abraham who were God’s chosen people. Judaism’s holy writings, known as the Torah, reveal how God has been present with them throughout time. The Torah is God’s will for humankind written as commandments. During the 20th century B.C., the Hebrew patriarch, Abraham, founded Judaism. God promised to bless his descendants if they remained faithful to him. Abraham’s line descended through Isaac and then Jacob. The twelve families that descended from Jacob went into slavery after migrating to Egypt. At about 1300 B.C., Moses led them out of slavery and for forty years they wandered the desert until he led them to the land God had promised them. This land was called Canaan and its inhabitants were called Canaanites. After reaching this land the Hebrews conquered the Canaanites and took over Canaan. After Canaan was conquered a monarchy was established with Saul being its first king and David and Solomon his successors. By the end of Solomon’s reign a temple had been built. After Solomon’s death, Canaan was split into Israel in the north and Judea in the south. Conflicts with the Assyrian and Babylonian empires led to the destruction of the temple and the exile of Jews to Babylon. When they were able to go back to their homeland they were ruled by the Persians, Alexander the Great, the Egyptians, and Syria. When the Syrian ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes tried to stop the practice of Judaism, the Maccabee family led a revolt against him and in 128 B.C., Jewish independence was won. In 63 B.C., the Romans conquered Jerusalem. During this period many small groups emerged such as the Sadducees, the Pharisees, the Essenes, the Apocalyptists, and the Zealots, each which offered different interpretations of Judaism. In 70 A.D., the Zealots revolted which resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple. The Jews were once again scattered into Diaspora and were persecuted everywhere they went. Rabbinic Judaism became the primary expression of faith. In the 12th century Maimonides devised the 13 Articles of Faith. During the Middle-Ages the Sephardic and the Ashkenazi branches of European Judaism were developed. During the 19th century, anti-Semitism once again tormented European Jews which initialized the start of the Zionist movement. Probably the most important event in Judaism was the Holocaust of World War II, when over 6 million European Jews were killed. The founding of the state of Israel in 1948 was important to the millions who had suffered the persecution of the Nazis and to the Zionist movement. Jewish communities today continue synagogue worship which includes readings and prayers from the Torah. The religious life of a Jew is directed by commandments of the Torah. There are 3 main expressions of Judaism: Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox. Reform Judaism is the most liberal; Conservative Judaism follows most traditional practice and makes Judaism suitable for everyone; Orthodox Judaism follows the traditional faith and practice with seriousness. Generally, Jews aren’t missionaries but they’re always looking for newcomers.
Christianity is the most widely distributed religion in the world with a total membership of over 2 billion people. Christianity is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ whose life is written in the New Testament. Almost all of the information about Jesus comes from those who were his disciples. Since they wrote to persuade people rather than to answer historical curiosity there is not a satisfying chronological order of the information and because of this it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between the original teachings of Jesus and the developing teachings about Jesus in early Christian communities. The message of Jesus of Nazareth attracted a following of people who believed him to be a new prophet. Those who wrote the Gospels recall Jesus’ days on Earth with the miracle of resurrection from the dead on the first Easter after he was crucified. They concluded that when he showed himself walking with the inhabitants of Palestine after he was crucified, that he must have been already been resurrected and therefore must have been in the very presence of God. The apostles of Jesus believed that it had been his will that they should band together as the saving remnant people of Israel. They became the first church in Jerusalem because of their belief to receive his promised gift of the Holy Spirit and new power. Jerusalem was the center of the Christian movement until its destruction by the Romans in the year 70 A.D. But by the time this had happened Christianity had already spread to other cities and towns throughout the Roman Empire. At first Christianity’s appeal was large although not complete. Christianity descended from Judaism and it is claimed that Jesus fulfilled many promises of the Hebrew Scripture; known as the Old Testament by Christians. The loss of continuity with Judaism hasn’t been total. The presence of Judaism in the Christian Bible reminds Christians that whom they worship as their Lord was himself a Jew. In its first two centuries, Christianity began developing distinctive principles, liturgy, and ministry. During the 4th century, the Catholic Church had been established in countries from Spain to Persia and India. In the year 380, Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Rome. In 1054 the Christians of the East and of the West separated their churches because of differing beliefs between the Pope of Rome and the Patriarch of Constantinople. The resulting churches were the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. Reformers within the Roman Catholic Church wanted to change some of its practices and thus the Protestant denominations came into being. Throughout the centuries missionary activity has helped spread Christianity to most parts of the world.
Islam is a major world religion which was founded in Arabia and is based on the teachings of Muhammad, who is also known as a Prophet. Muhammad was born in 570 A.D. to a wealthy family at the town of Mecca and belonged to the Quraysh tribe, which was active in caravan trade. When he was about 25 years old, he joined a caravan trade from Mecca to Syria and it was during this trip that he realized the true suffering of people. He began to live a contemplative life in the desert. At age 40, he began his ministry after the archangel Gabriel appeared to him in a vision and others that followed. Gradually he began to believe that he had been given a God appointed task and that his mission was the reformation of religion. He began to preach in his hometown Mecca, but he was soon ridiculed by its people. In 622 A.D., he went to the city of Medina and pretty soon he held temporal and spiritual authority there after being thought of as a lawgiver and a prophet. This time marks the beginning of the Muslim era. By the time of his death in 632 A.D., Muhammad was the leader of an Arab state that was growing rapidly in power. Muhammad’s followers, called Muslims, regarded him as the prophet of Allah beside whom there is no other God. The five primary duties of Islam are profession of faith, prayer performed five times a day, almsgiving to the poor, fasting during daylight hours in the month of Ramadan, and the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a Muslim’s lifetime. Sources of Islamic doctrine and practice are the Koran and the Sunnah. The Koran is a collection of the passages revealed to Muhammad during the 22 years of his prophetic life and the Sunnah is a second source of Islam. According to Islam, God has four functions in accordance to humanity and the universe. These functions are creation, sustenance, guidance, and judgment. However the ultimate purpose of humanity is to serve God and to worship only him. Islam succeeded in uniting an Arab world that had been separated into tribes and castes. With over 1 billion Muslims worldwide, Islam is the principal religion in the Middle East, Asia, and the northern half of Africa.
Buddhism was founded in northeastern India and is based on the teaching of Siddhartha Gautama who is also known as Buddha. Buddhism today is divided into two branches known as Theravada and Mahayana. Siddhartha Gautama was born in Kapilauastu in 563 B.C. and was the son of the ruler of a small kingdom. At age 24 he realized how empty his life had been and so he left home. He wandered as an ascetic seeking a solution to the struggles of human existence. For a few years he practiced yoga and extreme self-denial. At last while meditating under a Bodhi tree, he was enlightened and began to preach from place to place, gathering followers and teaching them about his new spiritual understanding. At the core of his understanding there were the Four Noble Truths which were: all living beings suffer; the origin of the suffering is desire; desire can be overcome; and there’s a path that leads to the release from desire which is called the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path consists of right views, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindedness, and right contemplation. These eight are usually divided into 3 categories; Anatta, Karma, and Nirvana. Anatta is the denial of a permanent soul. This doctrine helped Buddha reinterpret the idea of rebirth in the cycle of phenomenal existence known as Saṃsārasince he felt that all existence is characterized by the marks of no soul, impermanence, and suffering. Karma consists of a person’s acts and their consequences. Whereas good deeds are rewarded, evil deeds are punished thus serving as a universal justice. Karma determines one’s species, beauty, intelligence, longevity, wealth and social status, and varying types of Karma can lead to different types of rebirth. The ultimate goal of Buddhism is to attain Nirvana, an enlightened state in which greed, hatred, and ignorance have been overcome. Buddha recommended a disciplined life called the Middle Way. He also believed that existence consisted of a cycle of rebirth called reincarnation and the only way to be broken from the cycle was by acquiring complete detachment from cares. Before Buddha’s death, the monastic order had meetings to reach agreements on doctrine and practice. After Buddha’s death, his followers kept developing doctrine and practice which centered on the sacred teachings of Buddhism (dharma), the community of followers (sangha), and the Buddha. By the third century B.C., Buddhism had spread through India and other parts of Asia. Throughout time several Buddhist sects emerged like the Mahayana, the Theravada, and Vajrayana. One of the remaining strengths Buddhism has is its ability to adapt to a variety of cultures. Even though Buddhism has already spread throughout most of Asia, its influence is slowly developing in the West.
Hinduism is the main religion in India. Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world and it is said that it dates back to prehistoric times. Unlike other religions, Hinduism has no founder; it originated in the religious practices of Aryan tribes who migrated into India from central Asia over 3,000 years ago. The Aryan society developed the caste system which ranked society based on their occupation and was divided into four major hereditary classes: the Brahmin (priests); the Kshatriya (military, professional, ruling, and governing occupations); the Vaishya (landowners, merchants, and business occupations); and the Sudra (artisans, laborers, and peasants). Below the Sudra there was a fifth group called the Harijahns, also known as the “untouchables”, which included the lowest occupations and had no social standing. Even though the caste system was outlawed in 1948 by the Indian government, it’s still important to the Hindu people of India and is still recognized as the proper way to classify society. Since there is complete freedom of belief, one can be a monotheist, a polytheist, or an antitheist. Those who do choose to worship a single god devote themselves primarily to the gods Shiva and Vishnu. The most ancient sacred texts of Hinduism are called the Vedas and are written in Sanskrit. There are four Vedic books with the Rig Veda being the oldest of them. The Rig Veda talks about multiple gods, the universe, and creation. The Upanishads are commentaries on the Vedas which examine the origin of the universe and Anatta and its relationship to Braman. They also suggest the practice of yoga and they introduce the doctrine of karma. Hinduism is based on the concept of reincarnation. Reincarnation is a cycle in which human, animal, and plant spirits come back to Earth to live many times in different forms after death. New life is determined by the laws of karma, and so rebirth depends on the moral behavior the spirit had in its previous life. Life here on Earth is viewed as short lived and a burden. This is why the ultimate goal of existence is the liberation from the cycle of reincarnation and entrance to a state called Moksha. The practice of Hinduism consists on ceremonies centering on birth, marriage, and death. Hindu temples are the dwelling places of deities to whom people bring offerings to. Throughout Asia there are several places of pilgrimage, the principal one being Benares on the Ganges, where Hindus travel to, to pay their respects.
What is religion? When asked, almost all of us know perfectly well what it is until we are asked for a definition of it. The many groups, practices, and systems that we classify as religions are so diverse that it’s no easy matter bringing them under one clear definition. Anyhow, people have tried to reach the definition of religion. Some people define religion as the beliefs, structures, or functions and in many cases a person’s definition of religion is the interpretation of their own religion. While no single definition can fully sum up what religion is, they all tell us something about it. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism are the world’s five major religions. Even though they are all separate religions, many of them share similar thoughts and ideas. But even still there are arguments and fights over which religion is the “best”. For this question there is no correct answer because people have different thoughts and opinions about them. The five major religions of the world are the most popular religions of the day with the most members. But what does the future hold for these religions? Perhaps some religions will expand even further, while some might one day be completely forgotten. Maybe even a time will come when all the people of the world will get together spiritually and will decide to practice one single religion. The future of these religions rests in the hands of their people.
non on March 31, 2020:
Then god with his mighty hand smote the world with Covid19....
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on July 10, 2018:
Yvett, there are two major types of Buddhism. Original Buddhism from India which does not address an afterlife and Tibetan Buddhism from Tibet which stresses an afterlife.
Also see proposal: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Associati...
Yvett on July 10, 2018:
Where did Buddhism originate
Seoyoung on May 03, 2016:
Thank you for your help. This useful site helped me for my ERC project. Thanks a lot!!
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Jack D on December 10, 2014:
Hey, I was just wondering- how has globalization affected world religions today? Have certain movements made it more secular states?
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on October 29, 2014:
Author's questions: How was the universe created? What’s our purpose here on Earth? Is there an afterlife?
Here are suggested answers.
We are creating the universe slowly, thought by thought. This is practical in the daily sense because it helps you to focus and control your mind toward your goals. In a larger sense, we are creating society by supporting various competing groups. Look to the goals of the group to decide whether you wish to be associated with it. Ultimately we are creating the universe.
Our purpose is to create a good life for ourselves, those around us and ultimately the universe. We are to help the less mature to raise their goals and therefore their life's work.
There is an afterlife because we are spirit energy. This is proved by the existence of telepathy (See Hub, "My Telepathic Experiences).
Russ Inserra from Indianapolis, In on October 27, 2014:
I disagree that there is no definition of religion. all you have to is look in the dictionary. In fact, the last hub I read did give a definition of religion. Also I think it would be helpful to point out that Judaism, Christianity and Islam have a shred origin. All are descended from Abraham.
Raiyan on September 11, 2014:
It's just awesome, because of this website, I got full marks in my project
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on September 09, 2014:
I hope we can all agree to the "Peace Testamony."
I renounce war and fighting for any end or under any pretense whatsoever.
Hi on September 09, 2014:
This site is the best site out there it has great pics and good info.
on September 08, 2014:
This site is awesome
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on August 24, 2014:
Yes, I agree, Christianity has a violent history. Where this has happened Christianity has not been practiced. Do not blame Jesus for the violence of others. I am looking at the what is done and taught by the founder of the faith, not by deviants from the teachings.
Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on August 24, 2014:
Jay C O'Brien - you have obviously skewed your post to favor Christianity. While it's true Jesus taught peace and love, Christianity has one of the most violent histories of any religion, superseded only by Islam. Check out these links:
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on August 24, 2014:
All these religions are interlinked Chronologically, but they differ in their explanations.
Buddhism states all is material and does not really address God, a spirit.
Judaism teaches they were chosen to kill all Canaanites, take over their land and it became Holy. Israel has a divine right to kill, but be protected by God.
Hinduism teaches it was the duty of Arjuna to kill his family with the aid of Lord Krishna.
Islam teaches it is OK to kill, but only defensively. When does defense become offense? Note Mohammad (pbuh) robbed caravans, killed people and even ordered assassinations.
Jesus taught to love one another; do good to your enemies; forgive; heal; as you condemn you will be condemned. By His resurrection Jesus proved an afterlife actually exists because He could not come back from nothing. A place or condition must first exist before there can be a return. He did not die, but Allah raised him up to himself. Jesus (and we) are the spirit, not the material body. Those who do not believe this are filled with doubts about an afterlife. See 4:157.
Who should we follow?
Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on August 24, 2014:
All these religions are interlinked. Christianity and Islam both came from Father Abraham, and there is evidence that Jesus traveled to India to study Buddhism, which is a branch of Hinduism. That explains the similarities of all these religions. Thanks for the hub!
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on June 21, 2014:
We should question the stories contained in some of the largest religions:
In the Book of Joshua, The Lord encouraged the Hebrews to kill every man, woman and child in the land of Canaan. 6:21, 8:1-2, 11:6.
In the Bhagavad-Gita As it is Lord Krishna commands Arjuna to fight on religious principles and kill his family. See pp. 90, 105, 107 and 110.
I am opposed to any religion who teaches to fight on religious principles.
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on June 20, 2014:
Nice article, I loved it. You have beautifully given a fine text on some of the major religions in the world. It is good and appreciable to teach and learn about all religion. You have done a wonderful job. Thank you for this post.
that_girl on June 11, 2014:
Very helpful thankyou
Joseph on June 04, 2014:
If you could just remove the picture that refer to prophet Muhammed peace be upon him good article
Undy on May 29, 2014:
If some one say all religion is the same, that is a real liar. How could we say same when some religion teach more then one God. For me is only Muslim is the last n everlasting one.
Don't believe watch the debate from Ahmad Deedat in
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on May 09, 2014:
In the article it said:
"Moses led them out of slavery and for forty years they wandered the desert until he led them to the land God had promised them. This land was called Canaan and its inhabitants were called Canaanites. After reaching this land the Hebrews conquered the Canaanites and took over Canaan."
First, I do not believe God/Krishna/Allah makes deals with one group of people to war upon another group. God is not violent, ever. To teach that God vacillates between being peaceful and violent is to say God is Schizophrenic.
Second, no one really knows what happened in the distant past because we were not alive then and all books were written by and through a person. All people (even Mohammad) have there viewpoint or prejudices. Further, all sacred "Scriptures" have been translated due to an evolving language or actual translation from one language to another. We should not fight over the "Holy Books" because we really do not know what happened.
Third, we should reject all depictions of God which are violent. That means we must reject a great portion of all "Scripture" of all religions. We need to start over with a short set of principles. See Hub "The Twelve Suggestions."
Fisho on May 01, 2014:
You are right nearly all religion have the same base they all are trying to take humans to a good or better life most beleive in god and the same god this is because it was universaly taught or handed down through generations but we forget one very important thing in all this (good =god -evil = devil) humans have total free choice to do either good brings good life evil brings bad life all so simple.
you choose and the world will either be a better place or worse place,just remember you cant have god without saturn because they came as a packadge when saturn fell from glory because of pride
good analagy of religion
Nasa on March 13, 2014:
They held us back for 600 years with the inquisitions. Now we have finally won part of the battle convincing them that witchcraft and voodoo dolls are not reality and it's a good thing we no longer burn people at the stake because someone fell ill and claimed their neighbor cursed them. Do we have to spend another 600 years convincing them their Gos are all in their imaginations. People are so fucked up with religion.
ahmed on February 11, 2014:
Christianity and Islam have the same roots--both came from Abraham. As far as I can recall
ksitlyn on February 10, 2014:
That is long
muhammadahmed71 on January 20, 2014:
very excellent effort,i really appreciate this effort.
Vasanthan R Menon from India on January 14, 2014:
Very Well researched article....great work. Voting up and interesting
Kukata Kali on December 19, 2013:
Very interesting expression. Voted up~
Kamaal Haja from Chennai on December 18, 2013:
Please remove pic 9. There is no image of Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him) and any imaginary depictions are strictly prohibited.
RegretToInformYou on December 16, 2013:
Thank you for the article, massivedynamic. I have but one complaint. I don't know what constitutes a major religion in this article. But you refer to Judaism as a major religion while leaving out religions like Confucianism, Sikhism, and Taoism whose amount of worshippers dwarves Judaism. It seems rather odd to me that you did not explore these religions, especially because of the Western World's limited knowledge of them.
rodney ledet on November 18, 2013:
loved the christanity
jilat on October 28, 2013:
human being are same but depends on there location and back ground to choose ther beleife and what we common as human being are love, piece ,
Mackenzie Sage Wright on October 09, 2013:
Nicely explained, thanks for the great information. Great hub
Howard Schneider from Parsippany, New Jersey on October 03, 2013:
Excellent Hub summarizing the main religions of the world, Massivedynamic. Better understanding between these religions could lead to greater peace in the world. We have much more in common than differences.
vibesites from United States on October 02, 2013:
You explained each of the scope of each religions in this just one article. Well researched. :)
sameer on September 25, 2013:
If smone is saying each teligion is same he us a liar coz dere are differences in every religion but if u read de scriptures u will get to knoe dat dere are similarties even so leave de difference at least practise the similarties then u ll get to knoe which religion u shd follow
coreysherman on September 23, 2013:
I love hub + the 5 relgions
Jatinder Joshi from Whitby, Ontario, Canada on September 01, 2013:
A lot of useful information. It is said that religions are meant to protect humans from doing wrong, but we humans have become the protector of religion and thus the strife between religions, I believe.
As per Swami Vivekananda, every religion comprises of three parts: Rituals, Mythology and Philosophy. Most humans today are stuck in rituals and mythology BUT have forgotten that the main part of the religion is the practice of philosophy of the religion, which in most cases is all about love, peace, brotherhood.
My thoughts on the subject of religion, "To each his own". No one is MORE ignorant, or wiser than the other, irrespective of the practiced religion.
Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on August 20, 2013:
Nicely written summary on the world's religious traditions. Funny how the smallest of these religions (Judaism) was the basis of the two largest. So why can't we get along? Great hub!
habeel hmdan on August 13, 2013:
oh my br0thers all over the world:peace up on you ,it our great in our lovely religion (ISLAM), please read in documentd sources before you judge, your life will changed to the better
email@example.com on July 10, 2013:
Thanks for God that give us life and power,I wish and pray the only one God in heaven for all the mercy every people in this planet that someday we are one in kingdom of God,peace and love of all...
Prince thokar on June 07, 2013:
But every time India lie the truth, they speaks Buddha born in India, its universal lie. The universal truth is Lord Siddhartha gautama buddha "BORN IN NEPAL" @ Kapilvastu, Lunbini. (vISISTE: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/666) cOME TO VISITE nEPAL TO KNOW THE TRUTH About lord buddha.
Prince thokaar on June 07, 2013:
There is knowledge, there many people of the world are unknown about Siddhartha Gautama Buddha (World peace messenger). Siddhartha Gautama is not from India, lord Siddhartha is from The Himalayan Kingdom "Nepal" In Nepal is a country, its not a part of India, Nepal located between china and India, with population nearer to 30000000.
Siddhartha Gautama Buddha born in Nepal (75 district) Kavilvasti district(Siddhartha Gautama Buddha born) of Nepal.
Jorah on June 04, 2013:
Amazing...it seems like you've missed out Sikhism.
sadarius borner on April 15, 2013:
i like the things that you posted
Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on April 14, 2013:
It is good that most human beings have a desire to believe and/or worship a higher power. Even those who do not believe in a higher power choose to believe something. So, it seems that these needs are part of being human. I think that the final religion that will cancel the confusion will be called TRUTH, not necessarily that word. Human beings crave truth, but still have differing opinions about what it is.
What an interesting hub! Thanks for sharing. Voted up and clicking other good buttons.
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Samraj19 on April 05, 2013:
Noor navi ,
Going by the year of birth (5th century AD), Islam supposed to be a modern one when compared the year of birth with other Religion. May be what is stated, what is interpreted and what is being practiced has a huge Gap...
What I could see,read and sense today has huge intolerance, the "Peace be upon You" is not practiced in spirit but being stated as a word of mouth (formality), I guess.
Noor navi on March 31, 2013:
Only islam is a perfect religion im sure u read about islam
Samraj19 on March 28, 2013:
How about one GOD with many Religion?
Religion acts as a service provider (Spiritual Communication) to connect with the GOD, so nothing wrong in having many service providers to have a healthy competition which will be a beneficial to the end users !!!
puspen on March 24, 2013:
i want only one religion for mankind. it is possible.
puspen on March 24, 2013:
i want only one religion for mankind. it is possible.
mikki on March 15, 2013:
Hinduism is the oldest.
shawty waz up on March 08, 2013:
I was just kidding praise GOD PRAISE THE LORD
shawty waz up on March 08, 2013:
the devil is going to get his revenge
HAYAM KHABN on March 04, 2013:
READ ABOUT ISLAM U WILL FOUND THE ANSWER OF EVERYTHING.
Robin Pado from Philippines on February 15, 2013:
Christianity and Islam have the same roots--both came from Abraham. As far as I can recall.
gods angel on February 11, 2013:
i think that people need to stop enjoying these symbols and start learning about god ! and stop learning about the DEVIL thank you and have a wounderful godly day
Daniel on January 14, 2013:
Mohammaed ,peace be upon Him , is the only person in the world who really changed my life.I used to be like an object ,but the day I read about Islam ,I managed to discover all the answers that I tried to know.Never judge before you read.
Mekenzie on December 02, 2012:
I'm doing a report on the 5 world religions, and this website is so helpful :) Also, Jen, Sikkhism is the 6th largest religion, not 5th.
Anonymous on November 12, 2012:
Screw all religions!!! I worship the devil cuz he was the only one who knew that Humans didn't deserve to be worshiped! You ! , Fanatic people! all and all your just another brick in the wall!
Anon on October 17, 2012:
What's your name? i wanna use some of your information in my paper, but i need to make a works cited. Sorry to sound like a creepo
jenn on October 15, 2012:
i like this
maddie on October 09, 2012:
Hi or thing is werrd
zengo on October 02, 2012:
jen on August 22, 2012:
The 5 main religions are Sikhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Muslims, Judaism.
Samraj19 on July 29, 2012:
Buddhism and Christianity has many commonalities
1. Both are created for the masses against the elites
2. Both preaches Non-violence and LOVE
Judaism got transformed into Christianity
Hinduism got transformed into Buddhism, unfortunately it got destroyed from its birth place
yo yo religion man on June 20, 2012:
you batman is saying right na so if you say all this , it means that you also live in the fact of the universal brotherhood yes, i am saying true.
batman on June 19, 2012:
in my opinion all religions are same nd v should not fight on our religions nd should live with a fact of universal brotherhood
dbm on May 12, 2012:
u fool. dont even know "Siddhartha Gautama" was born in NEPAL not in INDIA
iggi on May 07, 2012:
I like Taiwan-Buddhism + Roman-Catholics, but don`t like the oppresive-hinduCasta-System, neither the violent islam nor Jewish.
Superman_akrt on January 30, 2012:
Very rich and informative.
I'm a Muslim btw, the picture of prophet Mohamed pbuh contains something's I'd like to clarify:
1- for sure this is not him, there is no image for him.
2- he is holding a book although he was illiterate.
Asahda Shavaja Poet of the New Age from New York City on October 05, 2011:
REALLY ENJOYED LEARNING ABOUT EACH RELIGION. WELL DONE WRITER. I'VE ALWAYS SAID, YOU CAN'T TELL SOMEONE THEIR BELIEF IS WRONG. HOW WOULD YOU DO IT WITHOUT JUDGING? INTERESTING.VOTE UP. 1
toknowinfo on September 07, 2010:
Loved the hub! I am always looking to learn new things, and you taught me alot. Well written and intelligent. I want to read more of your articles. Keep writing! Rated up.