There are more than 4100 religions on earth, some you may have heard of, others, never! Among these stands a few top ones that are most familiar to many. Religious practices may differ according to founders, tribes, attire restrictions, diets, and many other aspects but most religions represent origin, nature, importance, brotherhood and they offer a standard on which its adherents must live.
Also, the major aspect that bounds religion is faith and eternal life. Faith in the Supreme Being that each congregation follows.
There are many interesting facts about religion that make people follow particular religions the more than others. From diehard geeks to lukewarm converts, here are the top most religions in the World.
There are so many reasons to explain why Christianity is at the top of the chart. Christian nations have for long been powerful. For centuries they’ve had the most powerful weapons, best technology and have ruled over many countries. States like the Roman Catholic, the United States, and entire Europe extended their rule across the globe. Remember Power plus money equals popularity.
Other reasons for Christianity’s popularity are that Christianity is probably the easiest religion to follow. Although it has several sects, as long as one believes in Jesus Christ as the son of God and accepts him by faith into their life, the rest of the rules are simple. Practitioners of Christianity can roam their house in pajamas or boxers while praying and their prayers will be answered.
They can drink beer and still go to heaven. They can murder and repent and they will be forgiven. Others call it a lazy religion. Whichever way, these reasons clearly explain Christianity’s large numbers.
Islam is the second largest religion in the World with followers. Its origin dates back to the year 1000. A research by the US-based Pew Research Centre put Islam as the fastest growing religion on the planet. Moslems believe in a god called Allah. They also believe that their religion is the last religion God sent to humanity to liberate them.
Buddhism is very similar to Hinduism but there are a few differences between that make the two religions different. The major difference that sets the two apart is that Hinduism believes in the eternal soul while Buddhism doesn’t. Other differences are in the way of prayer. Hinduism followers pray to nature and their god but Buddhists only pray to their god Buddha
Both religions were founded in India but have a heavy presence across Asia; in China, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Burma.
Hinduism is the 4th top religion on earth. The most interesting fact about Hinduism is that they believe that their god gives a second chance to live. They believe in rebirth or reincarnation. The reason they believe in reincarnation is that people do bad and die with it. Therefore their souls must be reborn in order to give them a chance to do good.
They say that one’s soul is reborn several times until that soul completely does good and finally rests as one.
Like many other religions, Hinduism promotes love, togetherness, and good deeds.
The Vedas and Upanishads are the sacred books of Hinduism.
There are several other religions that are very popular after these four
Sikhism, Judaism, Bahaism, Confucianism, Jainism, and Shintoism make a complete top 10 list.