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Feb 5, 2021 8:11 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
Just a quick overview of the five most prominent religions:

CHRISTIANITY
Christianity is the largest religion in the world, with more than 2 billion believers worldwide. Followers believe and worship only one God.
• Christian teachings are grounded in the Old and the New Testament that, together, form the Bible. There are several versions of the Bible and not all denominations use the same version.
• Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, sent to earth as a man and a messiah to save people from their sins.
• A central focus is the belief that Jesus´crucification lead to the forgiveness of mankind’s sins.
• Christians have faith that there will be a second coming in which Jesus will return to Earth and take Christian believers back to heaven with him.
• The Ten Commandments play an important role in Christian teachings.

ISLAM
Islam is the second largest religion in the world, with an estimated 1.8 billion followers – and expanding. Muslims believe in Allah as the one true God.
• Those who follow Islam commit to living life in submission to the will of Allah.
• The Islamic faith teaches that Jesus was a prophet, and the prophet Muhammad is Allah’s final messenger who continued to receive messages from Allah to share with the people.
• The Quran is the holy book of Islam.

HINDUISM
About 94% of those who follow the Hindu faith live in India. It is the third largest religion in the world.. As with all religions, there are multiple sects of Hinduism, each with some variations in their practices.
• Hinduism teaches that God’s presence exists in all of creation and the divine essence (atman) dwells within each person..
• Brahman is the recognized supreme deity (God) responsible for creating everything in the universe.
• There are many other deities according to various sects
• Hindus believe in reincarnation, with a constant cycle of being born, living and dying on the path to enlightenment.
• A person’s karma, which refers to the net of their good and bad deeds in the last life, determines the level into which they’ll be reborn.
• Rather than a single religious book, Hinduism has a number of sacred texts,

BUDDHISM
After giving up an extravagant life of excess, the man who came to be known as the Buddha discovered enlightenment through giving up his wealth and position to live a simple life as a monk. His efforts to teach others how to do the same became the foundation of the Buddhism fundamental beliefs.
• The primary focus of Buddhism is to seek enlightenment.
• The Buddha is not worshiped as a god. He was a man and is recognized by Buddhists as such.
• Consistent with philosophy’s principles and truths, Buddhists follow a path of moral living, thinking and behaviour, as well as seeking wisdom.
• Karma is an important factor in Buddhism, focusing on each individual’s responsibility and accountability for their own actions.
• Buddhists believe in reincarnation and rebirth. In the Buddhist tradition, being reincarnated means coming back as yourself multiple times, while rebirth involves returning as an entirely different entity.
• The Buddhist religion includes a number of sacred writings, in the form of scriptures and texts, that share the Buddha’s philosophy and teachings.


JUDAISM
The smallest of the top five religions - approximately 14 million. There are multiple denominations of Judaism, and their Core teachings are:
• Followers recognizing and worshiping only one true God.
• The Ten Commandments play an important role in Judaism. They do not recognise Jesus and are still waiting for the first coming
• Even beyond God’s law outlined in the Ten Commandments, righteousness and justice are central to the teachings.
• The Hebrew Bible, (Torah) is the primary holy text of the Jewish faith. It includes the same books as the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.
The Talmud is another holy text
Feb 5, 2021 8:13 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
In conclusion, some religions believe in heaven and hell, the day of judgment, reincarnation, rebirth, sin & karma... while others do not.

From an atheist or non-believer´s `point of view, All religions are man-made constructs and dogmas imposed upon the human population, from the moment we were born, with the aim to instill fear and control the masses.

Most people were born into a religion and didn´t consciously choose it.

However, it does give hope and supply a compass for those who need it,

So, the question is: Who is right and who is wrong??

Or... are they ALL right, or ALL wrong?

dunno
Feb 5, 2021 8:20 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
irish78eyes
irish78eyesirish78eyesMeath/Louth, Louth Ireland27 Threads 5,557 Posts
I'll go make popcorn for this onelaugh
Feb 5, 2021 8:29 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
LeeCharming
LeeCharmingLeeCharmingCardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales UK532 Threads 229 Polls 7,995 Posts
I'm not a religious person...I see religion as a form of control...getting people to think a certain way...restrict their thoughts and action...but also cults are built off of mass belief systems...it's too easy to manipulate people...with religious books and change them anytime...that they want too

Being a good person does not require religion...It requires understanding...compassion...kindness...honesty and it does have a good amount to do with upbringing.

I understand a good number of people practice religion...but it don't mean they are good people...just cause they may say a Pryor and worship a god...being a good person takes far more than worship and it's more about being a good person...in your heart and mind...a good human on this earth and I think you can be all good...or bad without or without religion

Some very bad people have preached religion and have been bad to the core...so nothing can guide the human condition...except the individual person and if they are bad...then nothing will change that...accept them...they decide if they are good or bad...moral or amoral

wave
Feb 5, 2021 8:30 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
irish78eyes: I'll go make popcorn for this one
That's fine.
Could you make enough for all of us..please?
Feb 5, 2021 8:35 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
LeeCharming: I'm not a religious person...I see religion as a form of control...getting people to think a certain way...restrict their thoughts and action...but also cults are built off of mass belief systems...it's too easy to manipulate people...with religious books and change them anytime...that they want too

Being a good person does not require religion...It requires understanding...compassion...kindness...honesty and it does have a good amount to do with upbringing.

I understand a good number of people practice religion...but it don't mean they are good people...just cause they may say a Pryor and worship a god...being a good person takes far more than worship and it's more about being a good person...in your heart and mind...a good human on this earth and I think you can be all good...or bad without or without religion

Some very bad people have preached religion and have been bad to the core...so nothing can guide the human condition...except the individual person and if they are bad...then nothing will change that...accept them...they decide if they are good or bad...moral or amoral
Thanks Lee for your interesting comment.

I agree..i know many non believers who are very good people indeed...they do good deed for society..charity work...donate to good causes etc..
Will these people go to "hell" - according to most beliefs? dunno
Feb 5, 2021 8:40 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
irish78eyes
irish78eyesirish78eyesMeath/Louth, Louth Ireland27 Threads 5,557 Posts
Dan_777: That's fine.
Could you make enough for all of us..please?
On it, buckets

laugh


I don't think anyone in here can deny needing a higher power at some point in their lifeangel
Feb 5, 2021 8:42 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
irish78eyes: On it, buckets




I don't think anyone in here can deny needing a higher power at some point in their life
You mean to make popcorn? laugh

Actually, I'm having some power cuts at the moment.grin
Feb 5, 2021 8:44 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
irish78eyes
irish78eyesirish78eyesMeath/Louth, Louth Ireland27 Threads 5,557 Posts
Dan_777: You mean to make popcorn?

Actually, I'm having some power cuts at the moment.
So your praying it comes back right lol?
Just like I'm praying for my next horse to win laugh
Feb 5, 2021 8:48 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
irish78eyes: So your praying it comes back right lol?
Just like I'm praying for my next horse to win
No Irish girl, I do not pray!
I just find other things to do.

But I know what you meant.wink
Feb 5, 2021 9:07 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
I also agree with LeeCharming on this.
I took a class on humanities and posted on such in the forums for my class, by the end of the class, the teacher was asking me what the truth was, as it seemed he was not sure.

Doing research, I have found that some of these religions were doing bad things themselves and going against their own teachings. The crusades where christians slaughtered others for not believing in their christian ways, was bad. Thou shall not kill.

The young are the most impressionable, and that is when they teach their ways to them. As they grow up, they believe it all to be real. I live with such people, my brother and his family. They tried to force their beliefs upon me.
Feb 5, 2021 9:42 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
Dan_777: In conclusion, some religions believe in heaven and hell, the day of judgment, reincarnation, rebirth, sin & karma... while others do not.

From an atheist or non-believer´s `point of view, All religions are man-made constructs and dogmas imposed upon the human population, from the moment we were born, with the aim to instill fear and control the masses.

Most people were born into a religion and didn´t consciously choose it.

However, it does give hope and supply a compass for those who need it,

So, the question is: Who is right and who is wrong??

Or... are they ALL right, or ALL wrong?
Very interesting and timely topic. thumbs up Quick comment: Doesn’t/ shouldn’t the generally universal adage ‘to each his own’ mean that everyone allow everyone else their freedom of thinking? If agnostics/ atheists want ‘Believers’ to allow them the liberty to NOT believe, then they need to allow ‘Believers’ the right TO believe. And, without either side “putting down” the other.
Feb 5, 2021 9:45 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
irish78eyes: So your praying it comes back right lol?
Just like I'm praying for my next horse to win
Ah, and a Christian gambler blames the losses on the devil and the winnings on God...wink
Feb 5, 2021 10:09 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
Thazager: I also agree with LeeCharming on this.
I took a class on humanities and posted on such in the forums for my class, by the end of the class, the teacher was asking me what the truth was, as it seemed he was not sure.

Doing research, I have found that some of these religions were doing bad things themselves and going against their own teachings. The crusades where christians slaughtered others for not believing in their christian ways, was bad. Thou shall not kill.

The young are the most impressionable, and that is when they teach their ways to them. As they grow up, they believe it all to be real. I live with such people, my brother and his family. They tried to force their beliefs upon me.
Yes..I see what you mean.
You forgot the INQUISITION. grin
Feb 5, 2021 10:12 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
rohaan: Very interesting and timely topic. Quick comment: Doesn’t/ shouldn’t the generally universal adage ‘to each his own’ mean that everyone allow everyone else their freedom of thinking? If agnostics/ atheists want ‘Believers’ to allow them the liberty to NOT believe, then they need to allow ‘Believers’ the right TO believe. And, without either side “putting down” the other.
True but..
All the groups that I mentioned insist on telling everybody else that they are right and everybody else is wrong!

Which is probably the cause of a great deal of the friction in this world.dunno
Feb 5, 2021 10:14 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
rohaan: Ah, and a Christian gambler blames the losses on the devil and the winnings on God...
Yeah..that's about right! laugh
Feb 5, 2021 10:46 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
blathin
blathinblathinGlasgow, Central, Scotland UK2,306 Posts
Just a quick overview of the five most prominent religions:

Oh interesting topic Dan..I'm no ways religious either and to be honest I sometimes envy their being able to pass responsibilty for their lives/decisions/fate onto some unknown entity that's "out there"...

My not being religious means I have take full responsibility for everything that happens, be it good, bad or indifferent....and the decisions I make. I can't wave my hand and say God will fix it....Not that he ever does for them either....lol...

And lets face it, if there really were something out there we'd know it by now. But the fact that "god" is getting further and further away from us and becoming more and more ephemeral just goes to show there's no such thing.

Aeons ago "god" was manifested in all sorts of nearby things, e.g. the nearest mountain, the rivers etc and was "present..Then as our intellect developed he moved out to being the sun...then the heavens. And now today he's this omnipotent "being" who resides everywhere and cannot be pinned to one single location..it seems they never quite knew/know where he is..confused

And if man can change the laws of (whatever) religion to suit the times then I think that speaks for itself too...There's no God.

What's really saddening though are all the wars, deaths, genocides and abuse that have been perpetrated in the name of "god" or some religious belief....if God did exist these people would never dream of taking another life or hurting another soul....they'd be genuinely too afraid of him/her/eternal damnation...
confused

Just my tuppence worth :)
Feb 5, 2021 11:13 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
Butin
ButinButinIngatestone, Essex, England UK17 Threads 2,828 Posts
blathin: Just a quick overview of the five most prominent religions:

Oh interesting topic Dan..I'm no ways religious either and to be honest I sometimes envy their being able to pass responsibilty for their lives/decisions/fate onto some unknown entity that's "out there"...

My not being religious means I have take full responsibility for everything that happens, be it good, bad or indifferent....and the decisions I make. I can't wave my hand and say God will fix it....Not that he ever does for them either....lol...

And lets face it, if there really were something out there we'd know it by now. But the fact that "god" is getting further and further away from us and becoming more and more ephemeral just goes to show there's no such thing.

Aeons ago "god" was manifested in all sorts of nearby things, e.g. the nearest mountain, the rivers etc and was "present..Then as our intellect developed he moved out to being the sun...then the heavens. And now today he's this omnipotent "being" who resides everywhere and cannot be pinned to one single location..it seems they never quite knew/know where he is..

And if man can change the laws of (whatever) religion to suit the times then I think that speaks for itself too...There's no God.

What's really saddening though are all the wars, deaths, genocides and abuse that have been perpetrated in the name of "god" or some religious belief....if God did exist these people would never dream of taking another life or hurting another soul....they'd be genuinely too afraid of him/her/eternal damnation...


Just my tuppence worth :)
. A well-written comment. thumbs up
Feb 5, 2021 11:22 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
blathin
blathinblathinGlasgow, Central, Scotland UK2,306 Posts
Butin: . A well-written comment.
Aww thanks Butin, that's nice of you to say wave handshake
Feb 5, 2021 11:26 AM CST Religions/Beliefs/Perceptions
Butin
ButinButinIngatestone, Essex, England UK17 Threads 2,828 Posts
blathin: Aww thanks Butin, that's nice of you to say
. I.m not just saying it. I mean it. professor you sure sort out the wheat from the chaff. hug n
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