10 Largest Religions in the World

Over the years, our differences of how we look or what we believe has kept us separated. Whether it is our values in living everyday life or belief in a higher power, our views of the world has kept many of us respectively inside of our own beliefs, because of the way we all choose to see the world. While some may believe that there is a God who did not create book of rules for people to live by, many believe that the day will come when their Supreme Being will come back and make the world better. Below is a list of largest religions that different people have around the world of who they believe is over them.


10 Largest Religions in the World


Shintoism

Shintoism - largest religions

Shintoism comes in at number ten in being the Largest Religion in the World in 2017. It is an ancient religion of Japan. This is a religion that started around 1,000 B.C.E. and is practiced today by five million people. The Shinto followers believe that, spiritual powers exit in the natural world and that these spirits, which are called, kami, live in the animals, plants, people, and even the dead. Kami is believed to be a “sun goddess,” and the believers of this religion worships in a shrine as well as home and work. There are about 80 thousand shrines all over Japan and every year each shrine has a festival to pay respect to kami in food and drink. Many Shinto believers believe that they can practice Shinotism and Buddhism, because it does not contradict what they believe in.


Jainism

Jainism - largest religions

Jainism is an old religion of old times from India and it comes in at number nine as the Largest Religion in the World. This religion teaches that the way to liberation and to bliss is to live life of harmlessness and renunciation. Followers of Jainism believe that they are supposed to have liberation of the soul. Jains believe that the universe has always existed and will always exist and that the universe was not created by any sort of God. Fasting also takes place in this religion, especially among the monks and the nuns. However, Jain women are more likely to practice fasting than men, but is only done during festivals or holy days. Jains believe that for a fast to be successful, the desire of eating must be gone also.


Confucianism

Confucianism - largest religions

The Largest World Religion that comes in at number eight is Confucianism and it is considered the way of life that was propagated by Confucius in the 6th – 5th century BCE and. This religion has been followed by the Chinese for more than two millenia. The influence of this religion has spread to Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Confucianism is sometimes viewed as philosophy and sometimes viewed as a religion, but is best understood as an all encompassing humanism, which is compatible with other forms of religion.


Baha’ism

Baha’ism - largest religions

Baha’ism is somewhat new to the global belief system and it comes in at number seven on the list of Largest Religion in the World in 2017. This religion focuses on the the oneness of God and the believers believe in peace, love, justice, altruism, and unity. The teachings of this religion also promotes the agreement of science and religion, the equality of the sexes, and the elimination of all prejudice and racism. The Baha’i faith is the world’s second most widespread religion after Christianity. Baha’is have no clergy or churches and they gather in democratically led communities and welcome everyone. There are people from every ethnicity, nationality, tribe, age, race, religious background, economic, and social class that practice Baha’ism. Baha’is believe that Baha’u’llah, whose title means, “The Glory of God,” is the latest prophet to have found a world religion and bring in a new age of human development.


Judaism

Judaism - largest religions

Judaism, a monotheistic religion that was developed among the Hebrews comes in at number six on the List of the Largest Religion in the World. This religion is a complex phenomenon of a way of life for the Jewish people, which comprises of theology, law, and innumerable cultural traditions. Jewish people believe that God to set the cases to that of the greatness and the ethical lead to the entire world. The Torah is the content, the Jewish use to to practice their religion. There are about 14.5 million believers around the world and it is the tenth biggest religion on the planet.


Sikhism

Sikhism - largest religions

Founded in the Punjab region of India, Sikhism is known to the believers as a religion and philosophy. The members of this religion are known as Sikhs and they call their faith Gurmat. Sikhism was established by Guru Nanak, and was subsequently led by the succession of other gurus. In the early 21st century, there were nearly 25 million Sikhs worldwide, with a majority of them living in the Punjab state. Sikh in Punjabi means “learner,” and the people who join this faith are people who are looking for spiritual guidance. Although Western scholars argue that Sikhism in the earliest stage, was a movement found in Hinduism, Sikhs have always said that Sikhism is completely separate from Hinduism. Sikhism spreads the belief of sharpening standard issues with life and its nearness. Sikhism comes at number five on the list of one of the Largest Religion in the World in 2017.


Buddhism

Buddhism - largest religions

Buddhism is number four on the list of being one of the World’s Largest Religions. It is also a belief of religion and philosophy, founded by Buddha, a teacher who lived in northern India between the mid-6th and mid-4th centuries BCE. Since the founding of this religion, it has spread from India to Central and Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan. Buddhism plays a central role in the cultural, social, and spiritual life of Asia. Buddha based his entire teaching on human suffering and the dissatisfying character of human life. This religion bases its beliefs mainly on the awareness of the Four Noble Truths, which are, the truth of misery, the truth that misery originates within the craving of pleasure and for being and non being, the truth that this craving can be eliminated, and the truth that this elimination is the result of following a methodical way or path.


Hinduism

Hinduism - largest religions

At number three on the list of being the Largest Religion in the World, is Hinduism. There is no single founder for this religion, because almost everyone from all sides of the world contributed to it. So it is not a religion, but a faith that embraces many traditions. Hinduism the religion of the majority of the people in India and Nepal and in some ways it is the oldest living religion in the world. However, it resists the easy definition of what they believe because of the many different practices and beliefs found within it. Most Hindus believe in a Supreme God whose qualities and forms are represented by the multitude of deities which emanate from him. Hindus also believe that a soul passes through a cycle of successive lives and its next incarnation is dependent on how the person lived in their previous life.


Islam

Islam - largest religions

Number two on the list of the Largest Religion in the World, is Islam.The philosophy of Islam’s origin and inspiration is different from the Islamic theology. However, they are both related, because both follow the path of rational inquiries and distinguish themselves from traditional religious disciplines and mysticism. Muslims are the name of the believers in the faith of Islam and they follow text from the Quran. The Muslims believe that the Quran, is the unaltered and last disclosure of God. The Muslims believe that there are five pillars in their faith. The first, is the profession of faith, which must be recited at least once in one’s lifetime. The second pillar is prayer and the third is zakat, which is a tax levied by the Quran. The next pillar is fasting and the last is the hajj, which is prescribed for every Muslim once in a lifetime.


Christianity

Christianity - largest religions

The World’s Largest Religion is Christianity and it comes number on the list of the world’s largest religion of 2017. There are about 2.1 billion supporters and Christian believers believe in Jesus and that he died for mankind on the cross. Believers also believe that Jesus lived in the holy land as far back as 2 thousand years ago. The largest groups of Christianity, are the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox churches, and the Protestant churches. There are also independent churches of Eastern Christianity as well as Christian sects throughout the world. The Christian belief is that Christianity is a living tradition of faith and the culture that faith leaves behind.


Conclusion

The many beliefs of the world has what brought people together to understand why we believe what we believe. Although some of the top religions on this list focus on traditions and principles, the views have been ingrained in the generations of the past as well as the future. Understanding why one believes what they believe will help open the eyes of those who have questions about certain faiths. This list was compiled to help those questions come to light.

 

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