Find out more about page archiving. Atheism Atheists are people who believe that god or gods are man-made constructs.
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Baha'i One of the youngest of the world's major religions. Buddhism A way of living based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. Christianity The world's biggest faith, based on the teaching of Jesus Christ. Hinduism A group of faiths rooted in the religious ideas of India. Islam Revealed in its final form by the Prophet Muhammad. Jainism An ancient philosophy and ethical teaching that originated in India. Jehovah's Witnesses A Christian-based evangelistic religious movement. Judaism Based around the Jewish people's covenant relationship with God.
Paganism Contemporary religions usually based on reverence for nature. Rastafari A young religion founded in Jamaica in the s. Santeria Afro-Caribbean syncretic religion originating in Cuba. Shinto Japanese folk tradition and ritual with no founder or single sacred scripture. Animal sacrifice, harvest offerings, festivals, games, processions, dance, plays, in honor of the gods.
Secret initiations and rituals in mystery religions.
Greek religious practices. Salvation from this Age of Kali is by a return to Godhead, accomplished through Krishna-Consciousness. Indigenous religion of India as developed to present day. Hindu History. Humans are in bondage to ignorance and illusion, but are able to escape.
Purpose is to gain release from rebirth, or at least a better rebirth. Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, etc. Hindu Sacred Texts. History of Islam. Mosque services on Fridays. Ablutions before prayer. No alcohol or pork. Holidays related to the pilgrimage and fast of Ramadan. Muslim rituals and practices. Founded by Mahavira, c. Polytheism and pantheism. The universe is eternal; many gods exist. Gods, humans and all living things are classified in a complex hierarchy. Jain theism.
Gain liberation from cycle of rebirth, by avoiding all bad karma, especially by causing no harm to any sentient being. Meditation and mantras. Jain practices. Heaven for , chosen Witnesses, eternity on new earth for other Witnesses. All others annihilated. No hell. No blood transfusions, no celebration of holidays, no use of crosses or religious images.
Baptism, Sunday service at Kingdom Hall, strong emphasis on evangelism. Jehovah's Witnesses Practices. The religion of Abraham c. History of Judaism. Not emphasized; views vary: no afterlife, shadowy existence, World to Come similar to heaven , Gehenna similar to hell , reincarnation The Afterlife in Judaism.
Several million Maya practice a Catholicism that retains many elements of traditional Mayan religion. The soul journeys through dark and threatening underworld; but sacrificial victims and women who die in childbirth go to heaven. Astronomy, divination, human sacrifice, elaborate burial for royalty, worship in stone pyramid-temples. Revelations to Joseph Smith, , New York. Mormon History.
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All return to spirit world instruction before resurrection. Then Mormons to heaven with God and families; others rewarded apart from God; hell for those who still reject God.
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The Afterlife in Mormonism. Abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea; baptism for the dead; eternal marriage; temple garments under daily clothes; active evangelism. Mormon Practices. Prayer five times a day. Work for the equality of the African race. Respect laws of the land, don't carry arms, don't make war. Healthy living and abstinence from alcohol, smoking and substance abuse. Modest dress. Qur'an and "Scriptures of all the Prophets of God" are holy texts.
Bailey , flourished in s and 80s. Dawning of a New Age of heightened consciousness and international peace. Individuals can obtain a foretaste of the New Age through spiritual transformation "Ascension". More emphasis on the latter now. Evil comes from ignorance. Astrology; mysticism; use of crystals; yoga; tarot readings; holistic medicine; psychic abilities; angelic communications; channeling; amulets; fortune-telling.
Generally monism all is One , but members might be theists, pantheists or panentheists. God is immanent; the universe is essentially spiritual. Man is divine, essentially spirit, and has infinite possibility. Mind can control the body. Sin and sickness caused by incorrect thinking.
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Man can live in oneness with God in love, truth, peace, health, and prosperity. Emphasis on spiritual and mental healing, but without rejection of modern medicine. Worship services; prayer for the sick; discussion of New Thought authors and ideas.
Mostly unknown due to lack of written records. Humans are temples of Jah. Salvation is primarily in this world and consists of liberation from oppression and return to Africa. Some Rastas will experience "everliving" physical immortality. Heaven is a return to Eden, which is in Africa. Many practices based on Jewish biblical Law. Abstinence from most or all meat, artificial foods, and alcohol. Use of marijuana in religious rituals and for medicine. Wearing of dreadlocks. Rastafarian Practices. Holy Piby the "Blackman's Bible". The Ethiopian epic Kebra Negast also revered.
Rastafarian Texts. Founded by L. Ron Hubbard, , California History of Scientology. Human consists of body, mind and thetan; capable of great things. Gain spiritual freedom by ridding mind of engrams. Auditing, progressing up various levels until "clear". Focus on education and drug recovery programs.