World Religion Mikelle Hansen

Christianity

Christianity was born in the first century of AD, in Roman Judea. Jesus the Nazareth, who later is known by Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. He went around teaching people his ways, which Jews and Romans saw as rebellious. Some say he preformed miracles on the sick and the dead. He was later crucified in Jerusalem on a cross, in 33 CE. Christians believe that he rose from the dead and appeared to his followers. Christianity was originally formed as a part of Judaism. Christianity was a denomination of Judaism for nearly 100 years and it was not very popular. It was very dangerous to be a follower of Jesus Christ, until the Romans converted into Christianity.

Christianity is the biggest religion around the world, with about 2 billion followers. It is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Christianity branches out into three main categories, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant. Under Protestant there are multiple different kind of churches, though the have the same base for their teachings. Christianity teaches that only one God exists and Jesus Christ is the son of God. They believe that Jesus came to the earth to die for human sins. Jesus was crucified on a cross and that represents his love for humanity. Christians believe that if they follow Jesus Christ's teachings they will reach salvation after they have died. They believe in the Holy Trinity, which is God, his son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

Hinduism

Hinduism doesn't have one set founder or a set founded date. It started off as a culture in India and then formed into a religion. Most of Hinduism was taught by Vedas. It's now a book of all of the teaching of Hinduism, but it used to not be written down, it was taught just by word of mouth.

Hinduism is one of the world's oldest surviving religions. It is the major religion in India, with having followers in Indonesia, parts of Africa, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere. Hinduism is full of beliefs that were formed over thousands of years ago. They worship several Gods which represent different forms of Brahman.Brahman is the most divine spirit in the Hindu religion. Hinduism and Buddhism are alike in the way that they both believe the only way to reach true happiness in life is to free themselves from all worldly desires. Hinduism achieve this goal by worship, the gaining knowledge, and a lifetime of virtuous actions.

Judaism

Judaism is about 3500 years old, its one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world. It was formed in the Middle East with Abraham as the father of Judaism. Moses was probably the actually founder of Judaism, but they cannot trace history back that far.

Judaism has more than 14 million Jews throughout the world. Judaism was the first major religion to teach about only one god. The main laws and teachings come from the Torah, which are the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. Judaism teaches that you serve God by studying the Torah and living by its teachings. There are three main Sects for Judaism, they are Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative. Orthodox Jews obey the Torah without question. Reform and Conservative Jews interpret the Torah to make its teachings relevant to today's world.

Islam

Hinduism began about 600 years after Christianity. Islam started in modern day Saudi Arabia in a town called Mecca. It was founded by Hajrat Mohammad Paigambar, he was born 570 CE. He believed that he was visited by an angel named Gabriel. Gabriel told Mohammad the final message of God, which was put into a book called the Koran (also spelled Qur’an).

Islam is a religion based on the teachings of the prophet Muhammad. Followers of the Islam religion are known as Muslims. They believe that God revealed these teachings to Muhammad through an angel Gabriel. Most Muslims are in southwest to central Asia and parts of Africa, Islam also has followers in Southeast Asia. There are two different kinds of Muslim. Sunni Muslims believe the their leaders should follow Muhammad's example, while Shi'a Muslims believe that their leaders should be Muhammad's descendants. They believe in only one God, who they call Allah. They show their devotion by doing lifelong acts of worship known as the Five Pillars of Islam, which include faith, prayer, charity, fasting, and a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Budhism

Buddhism was founded in the 5th century by Buddha Shakyamuni, a royal prince in Lumbini. He was a prince up until he was 29 years old. He decided that instead of living a wealthy life he was going to go and live as a homeless holy man. He then moved into the forest and lived a spiritual life of meditation. After six years of this he received enlightenment under a Bodhi tree and became the buddha. He decided to take what he had learned and his enlightenment and share with others, teaching them how to find their own enlightenment.

Buddhists come together because they believe in the Buddha's teachings. These teachings are known as the dharma. The Buddha is said the said to have set in motion the wheel of the dharma in his first sermon. Buddha taught that the key to real happiness was detachment from all worldly things and desires. Statues of Buddha appear in shrines all throughout Asia. Buddhists follow the Buddha's teachings through meditation, which is a form of religious contemplation. They also will give offerings at shrines, temples, and monasteries. They believe that giving these offerings will bless them.

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