Religion of the World
By Ryan Scheetz
Christianity is the largest religious group in the world and started a long time ago. Christianity was learned in the way of the Holy Bible which was the Christians Holy Book to learn and gain information about God himself. Christianity is a Monotheistic religious group and only believes in one god which is known as God. Some of the Christians valued holidays are Christmas which was the day that Jesus Christ was born which was the son of god who was sent out to teach the ways of god and die on the cross for everyone's sins. another holiday of the Christians is Easter which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians follow many Rituals but focus mainly on the holidays. Christians celebrate the day Jesus Christ was born by giving gifts to family on christmas morning to show the love and compassion that Jesus shared with us.
Judaism is a Monotheistic religious group that is practiced by the Jews. Judaism believes in one God just like Christians do but the only difference is that Jews do not believe that Jesus Christ was the son of god that was sent down from heaven to show the ways of God. Jews follow the book known as the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible, older Books of religion were made that were known by the name of the Mishnah and Talmud. Many celebrated holidays by the Jews are Hanukkah, Rushishanah, Yum Kippur, and Passover which follow the Rituals that the Jews follow which are lighting candles on shabbae, wrapping Tifillin, and keeping kosher.
Hinduism is a Polytheistic religion that believes in multiple Gods. Most Gods in the Hindu religion stand for a symbol of nature weather its a plant or an animal there is many many different Gods. The Hindu religion follow two main Books that teach them their religion such as the Sruti and the Smriti, which include theology, philosophy, mythology, and rituals. Some Holiday’s that Hinduism follow are the Holi-festival which is the colors of spring. Rama which celebrates the birthday of Lord Rama and Diwali which is the festival of lights. Rituals for hinduism include four major parts which starts with the Brahmacharga which is the acquiring of knowledge which takes place in your school days. Grastha which is your middle years which include worldly pursuits, marriage, family, and your career.Vanaprastha which is when your children reach adulthood and increase their stages on spiritual things. And lastly Sanngasu which is your last few years of life and when you abandon world for a life contemplation and meditation.
The Buddhism religion is known as Atheistic because they do not believe in a god. The Buddhist religion started by the they profit of Siddhartha Gautama Shakyamuni also known as the Buddha, sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. Buddha was known as the profit because he was not considered a God he was just the founder of the religion because he taught the religion to many other people. The Buddhist religion celebrates many holidays but some of their most important ones are the Vesak or Visakah Puja which was Buddha’s birthday. Asalha Puja Day or (Dhamma Day) means to pay homage to the Buddha on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month (July) It commemorates the Buddha’s first teaching, turning of the wheel of the Dhamma to the five ascetics at the Deer Park near Benares city, India. Where Kondanna the senior ascetic attained the first level of enlightenment. Rituals in the Buddhist religion are piggybacked off of their holidays. For Buddha's birthday the Buddhists celebrate to show his value in their religion to show respect and honor to their religion.
Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur’an which is a religion that consists of one God that leads their whole religion. Islam's Holy book is known as the C and explains how muslims should worship and praise for their god in a way of respect and honor. . Islam’s God is known as Allah. Muslims have two major Holidays which are Ramadan and Hajj. Ramadan happens each year when Muslims spend a month in daytime fasting, during the 9th month of the Islamic calendar called Ramadan. Hajj happens each year during the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, millions of Muslims make an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia called Hajj.