5 Religions of the World

By: Gabby Saldivar

A religion is the belief in and worship of a super human power or a god.


CHRISTIANITY

Christians are mainly located across Europe, North, and South America. They worship God in a church ( chapel, cathedral, etc. ). Their purpose of life is to know, love and serve God and Jesus Christ. Christians live to go to heaven. the primary Christian text is the bible, it teaches Christians of what went on that has changed their lives. Christmas is a largely celebrated holiday throughout Christianity because it was the day their savior Jesus was born. Easter is also celebrated throughout Christianity because it is the day Jesus resurrected.


JUDAISM

Judaism is believed mainly in Israel, Europe, and the USA. The language primarily spoken throughout this religion is Hebrew, which is what their scared book is written in also known as the Torah. Their purpose to life is obedience to God. Hanukkah is the largest celebration throughout this religion. It recognizes re-dedication to the holy temple of Jerusalem. It is celebrated for eight days and nights. Their day of worship is Saturday or the Sabbath.


BUDDHISM

Buddhism is a system created by Buddha, an Indian Prince. It was founded in Northeastern Asia and is still primarily practiced in China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Their purpose of life is Thervada which means to become an arhat and escape the cycle of rebirth, as well as to attain nirvana. Mahayana which means to become a buddhisatva then help others to attain enlightenment. They believe that there is an afterlife and that you are either reborn or achieve nirvana. Nirvana is seen simply as the cessation of suffering by some and as heavenly paradise by others.

ISLAM

"Islam" means "peace to the submission to God." It's followers number over 1.5 billion worldwide. Along with Judaism and Christianity, Islam is one of the three Abrahamic traditions. Islam is the second largest religion in the world. It is practiced mainly in the Middle East and North Africa. Their original language is Arabic and their most sacred text is the Qur'an. Their purpose in life is to submit to the will of Allah and attain paradise after death. Their biggest celebration is Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar. Muslims worldwide observe this month as the month of fasting. Fasting is abstaining from all or some kinds of food and drink.

HINDUISM

Hinduism was founded in India and is still practiced there as well as parts of the UK and USA. Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world. Their spiritual leader is the Guru. Their purpose in life is to attain liberation (moksa) from the cycle of reincarnation. They strongly believe in Kharma and if their Kharma is left unresolved then their soul will be born into a new body. If their Kharma is in fact resolved then they will attain liberation. One of their major holidays is Diwali. Diwali is a Festival of Lights held in mid-November. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the fiscal year in India.