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Buddhism

Hinduism

Judaism

Christianity

Islam

By: Sarina Mercado, Cathryn Leiter, Andrew O’Neal


Table Of Contents

Page 3….Christianity a dedicated religion Page 4……Buddhism calming meditation Page 4……Hinduism Prayer Page 5……”EXTRA EXTRA READ ALLAH BOUT IT!” in the Islam paragraphs! Page 6……Judaism and their 10 Commandments


Christianity Christianity is the most popular of all the religions. Initially it is based on the teachings of Jesus from Nazareth. They believe that Jesus is the son of god. Furthermore it began 2,000 years ago around 80 CE. It is an old religion but not the oldest. Lastly it is the largest religion. It has over 2 billion followers. Therefore this is a very interesting religion. It is based on the teachings of Jesus fro Nazareth. First of all Jesus was born in a stable around 7 BCE. He was born in Bethlehem to Many. Secondly this story is told in the New Testament. It is found in the books Matthew and John. Last of all after the age of 30 he spent 3 years teaching, healing, and working miracles. He had 12 disciples who followed him. As a result Jesus is the founder of the religion. It began 2,000 years ago around 80 CE. First and foremost Christians believe there is only one god. Although they believe in god they believe in the trinity which is god, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit all rolled up in one person. In the same way Chris-

tians who practice the religion seek to live as Jesus taught. Their “golden rule” is to treat others as you would like to be treated. Most compelling are they believed that god is every body’s personal god. They believe that everybody can have a personal god. In summary they believe in a god who listens to everybody. It is the largest religion. One reason is it has over 2 billion followers. This alone proves that this is the largest religion. The next example their religious leaders are either priests, ministers, or pastors, and they often teach in churches, which is also the place where they go to worship. These are their religious leaders because they often have the deeper knowledge of the bible then other people. Moreover prayer is the Christian means of communicating with god. They believe that god listens to their prayer and will answer them. Accordingly they have strong religious leaders. Most believers live in many places because many are missionaries. To begin with during the

information of the religion believers lived in Bethlehem. They considered Bethlehem to be the “Holy Land”. Adding to that now the believers live in Jerusalem or they are missionaries. As a missionary they travel around the world to spread the word. On top of that their Holy days and celebrations are the Sabbath, Easter, and Christmas. Sabbath is on the Sundays which are their day of rest, Easter, and Christmas. On can see that they have lived in many places and have many of their own Holy days and calibrations. Christianity is the most popular of all religions. A great example is it is based on the teachings of Jesus from Nazareth. They believe that Jesus is the son of god. Alone with that there is a fact that it began 2,000 years ago around 80CE. It is an old religion but not the oldest. Even so it is the largest religion. It has over 2 billion followers. Due to all of these reasons this was a very interesting religion.


Hinduism Hindus believe in many Gods. In the beginning there were three main Gods. Even though they have three main Gods they still believe in many other Gods. Next Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. It was founded 3,000 BCE in India. Even so it began in the Indus Valley. It was a very developed, urban population. Together Hinduism is the oldest and very developed religion. In Hinduism there are three main Gods. Initially the most powerful God of them all is Shiva. Shiva has the power to destroy the universe. Furthermore the next most powerful God of them all is Brahma. Brahma has the power to create the universe. Best of all the last most powerful God of them all is Vishnu. Vishnu has the power to preserve the universe. So even though they have three powerful Gods they still believe in other Gods. Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. First and foremost Hinduism was founded 3,000 BCE in India.

Everything about Hinduism is old. In addition they may be the oldest religion but they have a lot of history. Their educate priests about rituals was written around 1,500 BCE. On top of that the most ancient port of the Vedas-hymns of praise to God is called the Sanhitas. There are a lot of other Scripture called the Vedas. In summary Hinduism is the oldest religion there is. Hinduism began in Indus Valley. For instance they have a caste system. One is the Division of social ranks and tasks developed by Aryans during conquest. In the same way each group was different set of rules to follow. The rules have to deal with is careers, marriage, diet, etc. Best of all there was three parts and the fourth added later. They are the priests the warrior’s nobles, the merchants artisans, and unskilled workers peasants.

Therefore Hinduism has a lot of different rules that you have to follow. Karma and yoga are examples to the way they live. To begin with karma is a way of life. Karma is if you do something good, something good happens to you. In addition yoga is a way of relaxing. Yoga is used to calm and relax your body. The final example to note meditation is also a way to relax. Meditation clears your thoughts. In summary having good karma, yoga, and meditation are ways of life. To sum this all up are many Gods. A good example is Hinduism is the oldest religion there is. It has been over 5,000 years. In the same way it began in Indus Valley. It was developed in an urban population. Adding to those karma, meditation, and yoga are all ways of life. Meditation and yoga calm the mind. All together Hinduism is an old religion and they like to do yoga and meditate.

Buddhism Buddhism is a story of a man’s path to enlightenment. To begin with Buddhism is more ways of life than a religion. There are things called the eightfold path to enlightenment. Secondly it also has different beliefs then religions. There are things called the four noble truths. Lastly the way they worship and have holy days is different than a lot of the other religions. They don’t even have that many holy days and way’s to worship. As a result Buddhism may not be the oldest or the youngest religion but it is 2,500 years old. Buddhism is more ways of life than a religion. First of all there is an eightfold path to enlightenment. This is telling you how to live your life. Second of all they don’t believe in a god. Buddha never claimed a god or to be god. Lastly they believe in meditation. They do this to relax themselves from everything. In summary Buddhists believe in meditation and the eightfold

path to enlightenment. Buddhism has different beliefs than other religions. Initially they believe in Karma. They believe that all action and thoughts will positively or negatively affect you in the future. Also they don’t center on a relationship between god and humanity. They felt the path to enlightenment can only be done through morality, meditation, and wisdom. Best of all change is inevitable, nothing is fixed or permanent. The ways they meditate never change. Accordingly Buddhism doesn’t believe in a god, they only believe in meditation and Karma. The way they worship and how holy days are different than other religions. For instance Wesak is one of the holy day that they celebrate. It is on the first full moon in May that marks the birth on Buddha. Next the way they worship is really interesting. Their worship includes meditation, chanting, playing, music, and Mantra.

In addition to those Buddhists can worship at home or in temples. Either way they just meditate for inner peace. To reemphasize Buddhism is a way of living and having inner peace. Buddha created the religion of Buddhism. One of the pieces of evidence evidence that points to this is the religion was founded in India. There are 376 Million followers worldwide. On the other hand they believe that Buddhism is based on inner peace. They really don’t have any key writings of the religion. The last example the standees out is Siddhartha Gautama was born 500BCE in Nepal. They believe that when you are dead you are dead forever. The evidence is clean that Buddha is the key founder of Buddhism and he believed in inner peace.


Summing this whole thing up Buddhism is a story of a man’s path to enlightenment. For example Buddhism is more ways of life than a religion. They have a thing called the eightfold path to enlightenment. Along with that, there is that there are different beliefs then religion. They have the four Noble Truths. On top of that the way they worship and have holy days is different than a lot of other religions. They only have a few ways to worship and only have a few holy days. The best way to sum this up is that Buddhist believes in a man that they call Buddha.

Islam Islam is the youngest of three monotheistic religions. First of all it was founded over 1,400 years ago in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Its founder was Muhammad. Furthermore the followers are called Muslims. And they believe that Allah (God) is the one true God. Lastly, they believe in different things than most religions. They believe in Judgment Day, praying to the east, The Drive Scriptures, and that Jesus was a prophet. Thus Islam maybe the youngest religion but they are one of the most interesting. Islam was founded over 1,400 years ago in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Initially its founder was Muhammad. They believed that the angel Gabriel and came to Muhammad and gave him revelations for the rest of his life which were later written down and became the Qur’an. Secondly, they worship in the Mosque. There’s a spot near the entrance for them to put their shoes. Then there is a large room with no furniture for them to pray in. Then there’s a niche in the wall to show where Mecca is and also there is a gathering place for the community. Even so, they believe God all powerful, all knows and just. They believe that there is Predestination but an individual will still have free will. Indeed they have very strict worship rules and they have a strong

view of their God. The followers of Islam are also known as Muslims. An interesting fact is they pray to the East. They pray to the East because that is the direction Mecca is in. Second of all they have Ramadan. It lasts about a month and it’s when they fast from sun-up till sun-down so that they can appreciate what they have more. Best of all, their religious leaders are called a hafiz. A hafiz is a person who can memorize the Qur’an could basically be their religious leader. Therefore, they try and keep their lifestyles very humble. They believe in different things than other religions do. First and foremost, they have the second largest followers of all the religions. Next, Most of the believers live in Mecca Saudi Arabia. They believe that Mecca is their holy city a place where they can go and worship. On top of that before the believers lived in Mecca they lived in the Arabian Peninsula. They lived here before and during the formation of the religion. As a result they have a large religion that has moved and grown. People in the Islam religion believe that both God and the individual have roles within the religion. The individuals are supposed to spread the religion around the world. This is

just one of the many things a follower in the Islamic religion must do. In the same way, the relationship between God and the followers is like the relationship between the created and the creator. Even though God is not present in the world, it still reflects the nature and guidance of God. In addition to those, Mecca is the holiest meeting site in the Islamic religion. The city is modern, cosmopolitan, and ethnically diverse. It is about 910 ft. above sea level and has a population of about 1.7 million as of 2008. Too reemphasize, people in the Islamic religion believe that both the individual and God both have roles within the religion. Islam may be the youngest of three monotheistic religions but it is by far the most interesting. One good example is, it was founded over 1,400 years ago in Mecca Saudi Arabia. It was founded by Muhammad. Likewise its followers are also called Muslims. They believe in Allah (God) as the one true God. In the same light, they believe in different things than most religions. They have a Judgment Day, praying to the east, The Drive Scriptures, and that Jesus was a prophet. With all of this, it clearly shows that the Islam religion is a very interesting religion.


Judaism Judaism is one of the most organized religions. First of all Judaism is one of the oldest religions. It’s a 4,000 year old tradition. Also they believe in the 10 commandments. The 10 commandments are their way of life. Lastly Judaism believes in a covenant relationship with God. One God created the universe personal but non corporeal. The evidence clearly points Judaism is an organized time honored tradition. Judaism is one of the oldest religions. To begin with it was founded about 4,000 years ago by Abraham. The religion began in Mesopotamia. Another interesting fact is 14 million people kept Judaism as their religion. Still to this day they believe in the original 613 commandments. In addition to the first two facts they have faced torture in a variety of ways. They have been tortured by the Egyptians and Nazis. When looking at all the facts Judaism is the oldest religion and they still have the same beliefs today. They believe in the 10 com-

mandments. Initially the 10 commandments were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. That is where Judaism became official. Furthermore during this time is when they were stranded in the desert for 40 years. The Jews believe these 40 years were years of purification. Even so most Judaism now lives around the world but mainly in Israel. They believe that God had promised this land to them. Therefore this shows that Judaism have a strong faith in their religion. Judaism believes in a covenant relationship with God. One reason is they worship in synagogues. That is where they go to pray to their God. Along with that there is they have a lot of different holy days/ celebrations then most religions. There are roughly 10 between holy days/celebrations. On top of that pray and devotion goes to one God. They believe in one God and one God only. All of this together shows Judaism have very strong religious beliefs in their God. The beliefs in Judaism are

strong. To begin with their religion leaders are called rabbis. Rabbis lead the ceremonies. In the same way they believe that God is personal but non corporeal. They believe in personal relationships with God. Best of all the individual role is to study the Toreah and to try and make the world a holy place. They go and try to spread the word in an attempt to make the world holy. Due to all of these reasons an individual in this religion has a lot of responsibilities. Summing this whole thing up Judaism is a well organized religion. It is important to know Judaism is one of the oldest religions. To show this it is about 4,000 years old. Another interesting fact is they believe in the 10 commandments. This helps keep their religion well organized. More importantly Judaism believes in a covenant relationship with God. They believe that God can be personal with him. All of these facts put together shows that Judaism has a strong well organized religion.


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