06. MAJOR RELIGIONS AND GODS
TRADITIONALLY 'RELIGION' IMPLIES ...
The word 'Religion' traditionally throws up words and concepts like God,
Rituals and Rules, Sin, Reward, Punishment, After-life, Heaven, Hell, etc.
The 7 prominent religions of today, with large followers, are grouped below:
GROUP I: RELIGIONS THAT PREACH NO GOD
Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism
|Group I||1.||Hinduism||4000+ years|
| ||2.||Jainism||2600 years|
| ||3.||Buddhism||2500 years|
|Group II||1.||Judaism||3800+ years|
| ||2.||Christianity||2000 years|
| ||3.||Islam||1400 years|
|Group III||1.||Taoism||4000+ years|
are not religions in the traditional
sense; they do not preach any God
; they do not stipulate rules for men
to obey; they have no 'founder', no Head or Leader, no organisation etc.
Hinduism is the root or the source of these religions.
GROUP II: RELIGIONS THAT PREACH A GOD
, assert and preach the
existence of a Supreme God who should be loved, feared, praised, worshipped
or whatever; a set of 'facts' to accept and believe-in; a set of rules to
obey and so on. Judaism may be considered to be the root of these religions.
is just a path
; indicates a Way of Life..