RELIGION

Religion is the divide between people from the beginning.  It has divided races and countries.  Catholicism has created the biggest division on this planet however, Christianity has brought people together over the last few thousands years

CATHOLICISM

Catholocism stems from the Roman catholic church. 

HINDUISM

Hinduism is a religion, or a way of life, found most notably in India and Nepal.  With over one billion followers, Hinduism is the world's third largest religion by population, and the majority religion in India, Nepal, Mauritius and Bali (Indonesia).  Hindus submit their lives to a 'god' and not our God.  

BUDDUISM

Budduism is a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to the buddha.  Buddhism originated in India, from where it spread through much of Asia, whereafter it declined in India during the middle ages.  The people who pratice budduism submit their lives to a 'god' and not our God.  

 

 

ISLAM

Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a religious text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of god (Allāh), and, for the vast majority of adherents, by the teachings and normative example.  An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim (sometimes spelled "Moslem").  Muslims believe that god is one and incomparable and that the purpose of existence is to worship god.  Nearly all Muslims consider Muhammad to be the last prophet of god.

SIKHISM

Sikhism, or Sikhi, from Sikh, meaning a "disciple", or a "learner", is a monotheistic religion that originated in the Punjab region of South Asia during the 15th century.  The fundamental beliefs of Sikhism, articulated in the sacred scripture Guru Granth Sahib, include faith and meditation on the name of the one creator, unity and equality of all humankind, engaging in selfless service, striving for social justice for the benefit and prosperity of all, and honest conduct and livelihood while living a householder's life.   Although one of the youngest amongst the major world religions, with over 26 million adherents worldwide, Sikhism is the sixth -largest religion in the world.

JUDAISM

Judaism is an ancient monotheistic religion, with the Torah as its foundational text (part of the larger text known as the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible), and supplemental oral tradition represented by later texts such as the Midrash and the Talmud.  They too believe in a god.

BAHAISM

The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion which emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind.  Three core principles establish a basis for Bahá'í teachings and doctrine: the unity of god, that there is only one god who is the source of all creation; the unity of religion, that all major religions have the same spiritual source and come from the same god; and the unity of humanity, that all humans have been created equal, coupled with the unity in diversity, that diversity of race and culture are seen as worthy of appreciation and acceptance.  According to the Bahá'í Faith's teachings, the human purpose is to learn to know and to love god through such methods as prayer, reflection and being of service to humanity.

CONFUCIANISM

Confucianism, also known as Ruism, is a system of philosophical and "ethical-sociopolitical teachings" sometimes described as a religion.  Confucianism developed during the Spring and Autumn Period from the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (550–479 BC), who considered himself a retransmitter of Zhou values.  Its metaphysical and cosmological elements developed in the Han Dynasty following the replacement of its contemporary, the more Taoistic Huang-Lao, as the official ideology.  More privately, Chinese emperors would still make use of Legalism.  The disintegration of the Han in the second century BC opened the way for the soteriological doctrines of Buddhism and Taoism to dominate intellectual life at that time.

JAINISM

Jainism traditionally known as Jain dharma, is an ancient Indian religion belonging to the śramaṇa tradition.  It prescribes ahimsa (non-violence) towards all living beings to the most possible extent.  The three main principles of Jainism are ahimsa, anekantavada (non-absolutism), aparigraha (non-possessiveness).  Followers of Jainism take five main vows: ahimsa, satya (not lying), asteya (non stealing), brahmacharya (chastity), and aparigraha.  Monks follow them completely whereas śrāvakas (householders) observe them partially.  Self-discipline and asceticism are thus major focuses of Jainism.  Parasparopagraho Jivanam (The function of souls is to help one another) is the motto of Jainism.

SHINTOISM

Shinto, also called kami-no-michi, is an ethnic religion of the people of Japan.  It focuses on ritual practices to be carried out diligently, to establish a connection between present-day Japan and its ancient past.  Shinto practices were first recorded and codified in the written historical records of the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki in the 8th century.  Still, these earliest Japanese writings do not refer to a unified "Shinto religion", but rather to a collection of native beliefs and mythology.  Shinto today is a term that applies to the religion of public shrines devoted to the worship of a multitude of gods (kami), suited to various purposes such as war memorials and harvest festivals, and applies as well to various sectarian organizations.  Practitioners express their diverse beliefs through a standard language and practice, adopting a similar style in dress and ritual, dating from around the time of the Nara and Heian periods (8th to 12th centuries AD).