The Five Great Religions

Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism

How did these religions come to be?

Throughout centuries people have asked themselves these questions, is there an afterlife, how was everything made and why are we here. Some have used religion to help get these answers, also they help people be who they are and help them lead their life's. Since their are six billion people on this earth of course there will be different religions, some are the same and some are just different in every aspect. Without diversity their would only be one religion and no such thing as an opinion, because people would agree on everything and this would only be over one religion.

The Five Religions


Buddhism was founded in northeastern India and is based on the teaching of Siddhartha Gautama who is also known as Buddha. Buddhism today is divided into two branches known as Theravada and Mahayana. Siddhartha Gautama was born in Kapilauastu in 563 B.C. He was the son of the ruler of a small kingdom, at the age of 24. He then realized how empty his life is so he left. He wandered around the ascetic seeking for a solution to the struggles of human existence. He loved the peace and he began to preach and teach his new spiritual understanding. The ritual they do is basically meditate to understand life and peace. They are non theistic because there really is no god a guy just created it. The major holidays are Vesak is the birthday of the Budda and the most important festival is Sangha Day it commemorates the Buddha's visit to Veruvana Monastery and Dhamma Day is observed on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month.


Islam is a major world religion which was founded in Arabia and is based on the teachings of Muhammad, who is also known as a Prophet. Muhammad was born in 570 A.D. at the town of Mecca and he was part of the Quraysh tribe. When he got older he joined a caravan trade from Mecca to Syria and it was during this time he realized the true suffering of people. He began to live a contemplative life in the desert. He began his ministry after the archangel Gabriel appeared to him in a vision and others that followed. He began to believe that he had been given a God appointed task and that his mission was the reformation of religion. In this religion they are monotheistic. The major holidays are Prophet Muhammad's Birthday celebrates the birthday of Muhammad, the founder of Islam and The celebration concluding the Hajj

Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates the prophet Abraham's willingness to obey Allah by sacrificing his son Ishmael. The major rituals are Prayer, which is a combination of physical actions, verbal sayings, and an internal feeling in the heart and animal sacrifice which is that muslims believe that it is God who has given everyone the right to kill these animals and eat them, so muslims are required to mention God at the time the animal is killed.