This edict advocates the adoption of "godliness" using the Greek term Eusebeia for Dharma.
Major World Religions The information provided below is intended to provide a short introduction to the major world religions as defined classically.
Each description has been kept very short so that it is easy to read straight through all of them and get a general impression of the diversity of spiritual paths humanity takes to live the kind of life God wants.
As a result, a great many things have been omitted. No omissions are intentional and readers are encouraged to consult other resources on the web as well as books for more in-depth information.
All souls are welcome at our Religion and Sprituality Discussion Boards. Bring your faith and your understanding. Though believed by many to be a polytheistic religion, the basis of Hinduism is the belief in the unity of everything. This totality is called Brahman. The purpose of life is to realize that we are part of God and by doing so we can leave this plane of existance and rejoin with God.
This enlightenment can only be achieved by going through cycles of birth, life and death known as samsara. One's progress towards enlightenment is measured by his karma.
This is the accumulation of all one's good and bad deeds and this determines the person's next reincarnation. Selfless acts and thoughts as well as devotion to God help one to be reborn at a higher level. Bad acts and thoughts will cause one to be born at a lower level, as a person or even an animal.
Hindus follow a strict caste system which determines the standing of each person. The caste one is born into is the result of the karma from their previous life. Only members of the highest caste, the brahmins, may perform the Hindu religious rituals and hold positions of authority within the temples.
If you are looking for information on "OM" you can find it here. Sacred Texts of Hinduism - Hindu sacred texts available for free online viewing at sacred-texts. The next leader of the Israelites, Moses, led his people out of captivity in Egypt and received the Law from God.
Joshua later led them into the promised land where Samuel established the Israelite kingdom with Saul as its first king. King David established Jerusalem and King Solomon built the first temple there. In 70 CE the temple was destroyed and the Jews were scattered throughout the world until when the state of Israel was formed.
We highly recommend this video by an Arabic speaking scholar Nabeel Qureshi who knows both religions well: Seeking Allah. Top of pageConsiderations of Orthodoxy. The term fundamentalist has come to be a pejorative term. However, it need not be. The Abrahamic religions, also referred to collectively as Abrahamism, are a group of Semitic-originated religious communities of faith that claim descent from the Judaism of the ancient Israelites and the worship of the God of ashio-midori.com Abrahamic religions are monotheistic religions: they worship only one god, the unique God. The term derives from patriarch Abraham, a major biblical figure. Atheism. Atheists are people who believe that god or gods are man-made constructs. Baha'i. One of the youngest of the world's major religions. Buddhism.
Jews believe in one creator who alone is to be worshipped as absolute ruler of the universe. He monitors peoples activities and rewards good deeds and punishes evil. The Torah was revealed to Moses by God and can not be changed though God does communicate with the Jewish people through prophets.
Jews believe in the inherent goodness of the world and its inhabitants as creations of God and do not require a savior to save them from original sin.
They believe they are God's chosen people and that the Messiah will arrive in the future, gather them into Israel, there will be a general resurrection of the dead, and the Jerusalem Temple destroyed in 70 CE will be rebuilt.
Sacred Texts of Judaism - Jewish sacred texts available for free online viewing at sacred-texts. Zoroastrianism - BCE Zoroastrianism was founded by Zarathushtra Zoroaster in Persia which followed an aboriginal polytheistic religion at the time.
He preached what may have been the first monotheism with a single supreme god, Ahura Mazda. Zoroastrians belief in the dualism of good and evil as either a cosmic one between Ahura Mazda and an evil spirit of violence and death, Angra Mainyu, or as an ethical dualism within the human consciousness.
The Zoroastrian holy book is called the Avesta which includes the teachings of Zarathushtra written in a series of five hymns called the Gathas. They are abstract sacred poetry directed towards the worship of the One God, understanding of righteousness and cosmic order, promotion of social justice, and individual choice between good and evil.
The rest of the Avesta was written at a later date and deals with rituals, practice of worship, and other traditions of the faith. Zoroastrians worship through prayers and symbolic ceremonies that are conducted before a sacred fire which symbolizes their God.
They dedicate their lives to a three-fold path represented by their motto: Sacred Texts of Zoroastrianism - Zoroastrian sacred texts available for free online viewing at sacred-texts.
He promoted 'The Middle Way' as the path to enlightenment rather than the extremes of mortification of the flesh or hedonism.
Long after his death the Buddha's teachings were written down.The following looks at the major world religions Hinduism, New Age Spirituality, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.* There is a brief description of each, their view of God, and what a person can gain from that religion. This is a listing of the major religions of the world, ranked by number of adherents.
Patricia Mische is the Lloyd Professor of Peace Studies and World Law at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She holds the Ed.D. from Columbia University Teachers College, Division of Philosophy and Social Sciences.
The Abrahamic religions, also referred to collectively as Abrahamism, are a group of Semitic-originated religious communities of faith that claim descent from the Judaism of the ancient Israelites and the worship of the God of ashio-midori.com Abrahamic religions are monotheistic religions: they worship only one god, the unique God.
The term derives from patriarch Abraham, a major biblical figure. Atheism.
Atheists are people who believe that god or gods are man-made constructs. Baha'i. One of the youngest of the world's major religions. Buddhism. Although analogies have been drawn between Buddhism and Christianity, there are differences between the two religions beginning with monotheism's place at the core of Christianity, and Buddhism's orientation towards non-theism (the lack of relevancy of the existence of a creator deity) which runs counter to teachings about God in Christianity; and extending to the importance of grace in.