Belief systems

Hinduism, Buddism, Judism, Confucianism, Christianity

Hindusism

Hinduism has no founder. The main Hindu scriptures are the Vedas, a collection of hymns praising the Vedic gods. Veda means 'knowledge'. The Ramayana, long epic poems about and Sita. The Mahabharata, and The Puranas, a collection of stories about the different incarnations and the lives of saints. Hinduism originated in northern India and spread to Southeast Asia, Great Britain, British colonies and the United States. Hindu's believe in karma, the law of cause and effect by which each individual creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words and deeds. Also they believe that the soul reincarnates, evolving through many births until all karmas have been resolved, and moksha, liberation from the cycle of rebirth, is attained. Moksha is the final resting place for all hindu's, it is the transcendent state attained as a result of being released from the cycle of rebirth. Hindus consider Aum to be the universal name of the Lord and that it encompasses all of creation. Hinduism is the religion of the majority of people in India and Nepal. It also exists among significant populations outside of the sub continent and has over 900 million adherents worldwide. Unlike most other religions, Hinduism has no single founder, no single scripture, and no commonly agreed set of teachings.

How Hinduism affects a Hindu

Hinduism affects its followers in many ways, it teaches its followers to be vegitarian in order to remain 'pure' and helps the body maintain strong medically and spiritually. Also it teaches its followers to respect every living soul, they believe everything is gods child. They do not worship anything but always respect it or that person.
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Buddism

Buddism is founded by Siddhartha Gautama. Buddism is based on Buddhas teachings and their holy book is the Tripitaka. Buddhism originated in northern India in the 6th century B.C.E and started to spread to east Asia. Buddist believe in the four noble truths which state, life has inevitable suffering, there is a cause to our suffering, there is an end to suffering, the end to suffering is contained in the eightfold path. Also Buddhists practice meditation. Nirvana is the final resting place for all buddist, nirvana is a place of perfect peace and happiness, like heaven. Nirvana is the highest state that someone can attain, a state of enlightenment, it takes away all desires and an individual's suffering.

How Buddism affects a Buddha

Buddism affects a Buddha in many ways. It changes mostly their view on life and the way they look at things. Every decision they make will follow the eightfold path and the four noble truths, they consider every decision they make very important so they can achieve nirvana. To do this they need to have right understanding, right thinking, right action, right livelihood, right speech, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
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Confucianism

Confusanism was founded by Confucius. Confucianism started around 551 B.C. Confucianism is an ethica system, it is mainly concerned with how human beings behave towards each other. It originated in China and spread throughout Vietnam, Korea and Japan. It's holy books are the book of rites, the doctrine of mean, and the analects. The Lun-yu are the most revered sacred scripture in the Confucian tradition. Based primarily on the masters sayings, preserved in both oral and written transmissions. Confusion followers believe in mainly two things, the focus of education is a priority and the focus on family and the way the individual acts towards others. The final resting place for A Confucius was in qufa of shandong. The "three kong" includes the temples, tombs and mansions of Confucius and his descendants.

How Confucianism affects its followers

Confucianism has a great emphasis on family, it you are a follower of Confucianism you put your family before anything. They live their lives depended on what social class they belonged to. They follow their role in life as best as they can in hopes to attain divine approval. Confucianism compares family almost to a unit of goverment. People who believe in Confucianism also believe that if society can follow the five relationships that there would be peace and stability. Confusanism also placed emphases on education.
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Judaism

Judaism (Jewish history) begins with the covenant established between God and Abraham during 1812 BC. Abraham is considered as the father of the family of is also an important figure as he gave the Jews the Torah around 1250 B.C. The Torah contains the laws of God, the Torah is the first five books of the Old Testament they believe that Moses supposedly wrote the book. People who believe in Judasim are monotheistic. Judaism originated in Islam and the Middle East and spread in many different ways, most believe that Jewish people traded and traveled so they had to have spread their culture while they were trading and traveling.

How Judaism affects the individual

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Christianity

Christianity was founded by Jesus. He was born in Jerusalem, his parents names are Mary and joeseph. Christianity began about 2000 years ago in Judea, which is now called israel located in the Middle East. There is only one holy book called the bible. The bible records the realationship between God and humans. Christians believe in the Ten Commandments, treating people the way they want to be treated and they believe in justification by faith that through their beliefs in Jesus as the son of God and be forgiven for all sins through the death of Christ, and that there is only one god. Christians use the cross as a symbol of their religion, it symbolizes the intersection of God’s love and His justice and the crucifixion of Christ, it's a symbol of faith. Unlike some other religions Christians only believe in one God. The final resting place for Christians is either heaven or hell.

How Christianity effects it's followers

Christianity encourages it's followers to make better decisions and to tell the truth, if your a follower of Christianity you should treat others the way you want to be treated. Christians usually attended church and pray. Christians also celebrate certain holidays like Easter, Christmas. Also Christians have certain political and governmental beliefs, for example most domt believe in abortion.
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Islam

Islam was started by Mohammad. He spent a great part of his life praying and meditating. One day an angel named Gabriel came to Mohammad, he told him that he was a message of Allah. Islam started in Mecca and medina at the beginning of the 7th century, when Mohammad died Muslims were inspired by the message of Allah they believed they had a duty to carry his message to the world. The Qur'an is the holy book for Muslims. It's written in Arabic because Muslims consider only the Arabic version to be the true word of allah. Only Arabic can be used during worship. The five pillars are the beliefs of Muslims. Some Muslims are very strict when it comes to following them, the first pillar is faith which means "there is but one God and his name is Allah." The second pillar is praying Muslims should pray five times daily facing the city of Mecca. The third pillar is alms which means that Muslims are to give to those in need. The fourth pillar is fasting during the holy month of ramadan, Muslims from sun up to sun down refrain from eating and drinking. The last pillar is pilgrimage. A pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca is to be made at least once in your lifetime. The practices of Muslims are praying, fasting, and the pilgrimage because they need to commit theirselves to God. The final resting place for the Muslims are just like Christianity. They can go to heaven or hell.

How practicing this religion affects its followers daily

This religion affects it's followers a lot. Muslims must stop whatever they are doing five times a day to pray. They cannot eat pork or drink alcohol, most of the meat that they can eat has to be blessed before eaten. Muslim parents also can decide who their kids marry. If you practice Muslim you have a choice to wear certain clothing, women usually wear hijabs over their heads.
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