Though many argue today that religion has caused more harm than good over the years, there are those who maintain that religion is, by and large, a great way to unite mass amounts of people. It’s truly unfortunate how often religions are in conflict with one another, especially considering how often they align in their beliefs. If you don’t agree, watch these videos, and then consider what the faiths actually teach to their followers.
Christianity sits as the single most popular religion around the world with 2.2. billion followers. As you can see in this video, the core beliefs of the faith really have nothing to do with passing judgement on anyone else. In fact, Christians believe that everyone has sins to deal with and God is the only true judge. Therefore, the core message of the faith is one of love and understanding.
Some Christians look to draw further lines within this religion, such as separating the Catholic Church because of its more ritualistic nature. Regardless of which church you are part of, the belief of Jesus as Lord is the real center of the faith.
Islam is the second largest religion in the world with over an estimated 1.8 billion followers. As you can see in this video, much of its early history actually coincided with the Christian faith. Then why has it separated itself so much over the years? As you can see in the video, the belief in the Qur’an and the Five Pillars stand at the center of the faith. These, along with the 6 Articles of Faith make up their belief system.
If you believe in predestination, fate, or some variety of this, you have something in common with Islam.
Though Judaism might not have the numbers of the previously mentioned religions, it is actually the first monotheistic religion and definitely deserves a nod for that. Unlike the other two, one of its main differences is the lack of proselytizing, which means they do not actively recruit. Though it has a lot of ritualistic practices, they are often more open to other religions than the other monotheistic belief systems. This openness gives them the belief that the real key to heaven comes from, in its most basic form, “being good.”
OK, so Hinduism takes a bit of a different approach than these first two, but with an estimated 1.1 billion followers, it definitely should stay on this list. As explained in this video, Hinduism doesn’t focus on a single creator but rather looks to focus on the spiritual growth of its followers by worshiping many gods and focusing on other spiritual practices. With no accepted set of teachings, it definitely stands out from other faiths. Despite this, Hinduism still has one common pursuit and that is the constant drive for truth.
Oh, and that yoga you love some much was started thanks to this faith.
With an estimated 450 million followers (updated since the time of this video), Buddhism rests as the fourth largest religion around the world. The foundation of the faith rests within the Four Nobel Truths, which are taught to help followers reach enlightenment. Unlike the other religions lists, Buddhism is completely non-theistic in that it doesn’t worship any gods. Instead, it focuses on individual enlightenment.
If you think people are better off learning something for themselves than just having it handed to them, then you have something in common with Buddhism.
The truth is that there are more people now than ever before who believe that all of this religion stuff is just crap. They submit that there is no God, no creator, no afterlife, and nothing after life but death. There is an estimated 1.2 billion people in this category right now. Even if you’re a non-believer, when you really look at it, you can probably find some common ground with any one of these religions.
So, where do you stand in the equation? Do you believe in a particular faith or do you think we all just end up as dirt when we die?