2 World Religions Interesting Facts Oldest to Youngest: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, IslamLargest Religion: Christianity (Why?)Worship: Muslims (Friday), Jews (Saturday) & Christians (Sunday)Branches: Christianity (3), Buddhism (2), Islam (2), Hinduism (4), Judaism (3)Symbols: Christianity (The Cross), Islam (Crescent Moon), Judaism (Star of David), Hinduism (Sacred Ohm), & Buddhism (The Wheel)Holy Scriptures: Christianity (The Bible), Islam (Koran), Judaism (Torah), Hinduism (Vedas), & Buddhism (Sutras)Famous Quotes On ReligionPeople have just enough religion to make them hate, but not enough to make them love one another. --Jonathan SwiftPhilosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned. --UnknownReligion is for people who are trying to keep from going to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there.
3 Hinduism Founded: 3000 B.C. Oldest Religion. No founder Holy Scriptures: Vedas, Upanishads & Bhagavad GitaGod: Brahman (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva)Many manifestations (Rays of light)Hindus Believe:Law of Karma (Action & Reaction)Reincarnation (Soul travels until released)All Paths Lead To God (Tolerance)Vegetarian Lifestlye= All Life Sacred (Ahisma)Personal Guru & Family ShrineMantras, Caste SystemGoal of Hinduism:“To escape the physical realm (time) or cycle of reincarnation and become one Spirit with Brahman (eternity) by purifying the soul over many lifetimes.”Hinduism
5 Judaism Founded: 2000 B.C. By Abraham (Father of the Jews) Holy Scriptures: Torah (Moses), Talmud & KabbalahGod:“YAWEH or JEHOVA” (Monotheism)Types: Orthodox, Reform, & ConservativeJews Believe:Torah, Talmud & 10 Commandments Must Be ObeyedObserve The Sabbath (Saturday, NO WORK!)Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah & Bar Mitzvah)Kosher Laws (No Pork, Shell Fish, Blood In Meat)Messiah (Christ) Coming To Rule The WorldLand Of Israel Belongs To The JewsGoal of Judaism:Live Moral Lives, Worship One God, Heaven May Exist, Follow the Torah, God Forgives Faithful JewsMoses
7 Buddhism Founded: 5th-6th BC By The Buddha (Prince Siddhartha Guatama) Holy Scriptures: Tripitaka, Sutras & Tibetan Dead BookGod: There Is No GodTypes: Theraveda (Monks) & MahayanaBeliefs Of Buddhism4 Noble Truths (Cure For Suffering)Eightfold Path (The Middle Way)Life Is An Illusion (We Are Asleep & Dreaming)Nirvana Through Meditation (Thought Control)Goal of BuddhismIs to awaken to Enlightenment. There is no god. There is no soul. There is no reincarnation only rebirth. Only the eternal exists & time is an illusion…We are dreaming we are alive and must be awakened to see Enlightenment, Nirvana = Eternity…Buddha
9 Christianity Goal Of Christianity Founded: 26 A.D. By Jesus Christ Holy Scriptures: The Bible (Old & New)God: Father, Son & Holy Ghost (Trinity)Types: Catholic, Orthodox & ProtestantsChristians Believe:Exclusiveness (One Way), Morality (Heart), MiraclesBaptism (Water), Sacraments, Prayer, Sin, Forgiveness2nd Coming Of Christ, Resurrection, Judgment DayGoal Of ChristianityCalled The Gospel: All Have Sinned, Jesus Died For Sins & Rose Again, Believe In Christ, Receive Eternal life & Escape Judgment, Live In Heaven For EternityJesus
11 Islam Founded: 610 A.D. By Prophet Mohammed Holy Scriptures: The Quran & SunnahGod: “Allah” Is The One True GodTypes: Sunni & Shia (Imams)Beliefs Of Muslims (Islam)Mohammad Is The Final ProphetAllah Gave Mohammad The Quran By The Angel Gabriel5 Pillars Of Faith5 Daily Prayers, Confession, Ramadan, Tithes, & Pilgrimage (Mecca)Goal Of Islam:Muslims Must Follow The 5 Pillars Of Faith, Live A Submissive Life, & Await Allah’s Mercy On Judgment DayMohammad
13 Ways To Exercise Religion PrayerMeditationFastingWorshippingChantingTithingPilgrimageGiving to poor (Alms)BaptismBegging/VowsShrine WorshipReading ScriptureSermon/GuruHoly DaysKosher (Dietary laws)CommunionSaintsWitnessingSacramentsClothing
14 Religious Wars Charlemagne The Crusades Northern Ireland vs. Ireland Forced Conversions Of SaxonsThe CrusadesChristians vs. Muslims (Holy Land)Thirty Years WarProtestants vs. CatholicsSt. Bartholomew’s Day MassacreCatholics Killing French ProtestantsSalem Witch TrialsChristians Killing WomenHoly InquisitionJews, Muslims & HereticsRussian PogromsChristians Persecuting JewsNorthern Ireland vs. IrelandProtestants vs. CatholicsBosnian War ChristiansChristians Killing MuslimsSudanese Civil WarMuslims Killing ChristiansSri LankaHindus Killing BuddhistsKashmirHindus vs. MuslimsAl QuedaMuslims Killing Westerners