15 Most Powerful Religion in the World that you should know about
What is the most powerful religion in the World?
No matter How big technology we get connected with, but we can never forget Where our existence is from? and What it is related to?
Money is not everything in life. In Today’s article of My English Lobby, we will discuss Powerful Religion. Whether you are a believer or an atheist, religion is always attached to you. This is the only truth that remains in this world even after our death.
Powerful Religion is such a combination of belief, culture and world views that tries to connect human beings with their existence. Different religions have different symbols and beliefs. The history of these religions is very sacred, whose basic purpose is related to the explanation of human life or the origin of the universe.
Let’s have a look at the 15 Most Powerful Religion in the World…
1. Christianity (Estimated 2.4 billion adherents)
According to this powerful religion, it is believed that the Son of God was born in 4 BC. It was Jesus who gave salvation to mankind. The story of His life is recorded in the Bible, to guide the Christian life.
This powerful religion tells the principle of the importance of the trinity. According to this, God is one of the three persons living as one person. This is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These 2.4 billion Christian followers are divided into several communities.
The three main sections include Roman Catholicism, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Protestantism. Although there is a huge difference between these three communities, yet they all share the same idea about God. These three communities live separately. Some of them even claim to be separate religions.
Some Important Beliefs of Christianity Religion
- Christians basically believe that God is one and He created the earth and heaven. This divine divinity consists of three parts – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- Christians believe that God sent his son Jesus Christ to earth to save the world. They also believe that they were crucified to offer forgiveness of sins.
- Christians believe that Jesus Christ will return to earth again and his coming will be known as the Second Coming.
- Important scriptures have been included in the Holy Bible, which instructs Christians how to live. In this Holy Bible, the teachings of Jesus Christ, the lives of the disciples, the major prophets have been outlined.
- The holy symbol of Christianity is ‘The Cross’
- The most important festivals of Christians are ‘Christmas’ and ‘Ester’, Christians celebrate this festival with great pomp.
2. Islam (Estimated 1.8 billion adherents)
In 610 CE, Muhammad had a revelation to God through the Archangel Gabriel. These revelations were recorded in a book called the Quran, which Muslims consider to be their religious book.
Islam regards Muhammad as the epitome of a prophet, who was said to make all religions good. Therefore, Muslims believe that there is only one correct religion that is Islam, and also, that there is only one prophet who is correct, that is Muhammad.
God’s view of Islam is strong and clear. God is one and almighty. He created the universe with a simple command, “Be, and it is.”
There are many Muslim sects around the world. The largest is Sunni, who make up more than 70% of all Muslims. Despite its popularity, Islam is one of the most powerful religions in the world.
Some Important Beliefs of Islam Religion
The religious practice of Islam, which means “To submit to God”, is based on the principles that are based on the five pillars. These pillars are known as ‘Arkan’.
- The first pillar is – The profession of faith is the most fundamental expression in the religion of Islam, also known as the ‘Shahada’. According to this belief. God is only one and there is nothing other than Him. It basically underscores the monotheistic nature of Islam.
- The second pillar of Islam is – ‘Salat’ which means Daily Prayer. Muslims are expected to perform Namaaz five times a day. It is not necessary that they should pray for this only by going to a mosque or religious place. Muslims can pray anywhere. They usually pray towards Mecca (West).
- The third pillar of Islam is – ”Zakat’ which means Giving Alms. Although it has not been specifically defined in Islam, the Muslims of Islam believe that sharing their wealth with the needy is the religion of Islam.
- The fourth pillar of Islam is- ‘Saum’ which means Fasting in the month of Ramadan. According to the Islamic calendar, the ninth month is the month of Ramadan and during this month Muslims observe a fast from dawn to dusk. It is rightly expected to avoid eating in daylight.
- The fifth pillar of Islam is – ‘Hajj’ which means a pilgrimage to the holy place. In Islam, all Muslims are expected to visit the holy place (Mecca) once in their lifetime if they are able. According to the Islamic calendar, the pilgrimage month is the 12th.
3. Hinduism (Estimated 1.1 billion adherents)
Another ancient powerful religion is Hinduism. This powerful religion started as a mixture of different Indian cultures and traditions. It is believed that this is a religious heritage that dates back to 30,000 BC. It is believed that Hinduism originated from Sanatan Dharma.
Ancient Hinduism began to rise in 200 BC. Modern Hinduism, which was founded in the 18th century, is the ubiquitous religion that is prevalent today, after many developments over time.
In Hinduism, the outlook for God is a bit complicated. It depends on individual philosophy and culture. It also reflects his habits. For example, Hindus in India observe different rituals than Hindus in Bali and Indonesia. Hindus believe in idol worship.
Usually, they worship a supreme being like Vishnu, Brahma, Shiva or Shakti. In them, there are four proper purposes for human life: Dharma (Work), Artha (Prosperity), Kama (Feelings), and Moksha (Freedom).
Some Important Beliefs of Hindu Religion
- Hinduism follows many religious ideologies. It basically adopts the principles of ‘Karma’ and ‘Samsara.’
- Follows monotheistic principles in Hinduism. According to Hindus, there are many ways to reach God and attain salvation.
- One of the main thoughts of the Hindu is ‘The beliefs in the Soul’ i.e. ‘Atman’. According to this, one soul resides in all beings and this soul is part of the Supreme Soul.
- According to Hindus, Hinduism is a code that gives new conduct and morality to live life. All Hindus try to achieve their Dharma during their lifetime.
- One can see the closeness of Hinduism to Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism around the world.
- According to the belief of the Hindu religion, the actions of a person determine his future and his life. He gets the result of his principles and deeds done in the present.
4. Traditional Religion of China (Estimated 454 million adherents)
The Traditional Chinese religion dates back to 206 BC when the Han dynasty ruled the country. Since then, the Chinese have served their God-given principles.
This religion does not believe in one God. Chinese people believe in Gods and Spirits in a powerful way in order to Nature.
They have four religious views, which include Health, Place and Morality. The first is Tian, meaning Heaven is the source of moral interpretation. Second, Qi is the soul of the universe. Third, Jinzhou, which means honouring ancestors. And finally, Bao Ying, that is a moral repetition.
After Buddhism spread throughout China, Chinese religion was greatly influenced. Therefore, some similarities have been identified from this.
Some Important Beliefs of Chinese Traditional Religion
- Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism are considered the “Three Pillars” of ancient China. These three have influenced not only spirituality in Chinese society but also art, social structure and science.
- The founder of Confucianism was Confucius who was alive from 551 to 479 BC. Confucianism was a part of the ancient Chinese people’s lifestyle as well as their way of life. It still largely influences Chinese culture in China today.
5. Buddhism (Estimated 535 million adherents)
According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha was born in 563 BC in Lumbini (now part of Nepal), his name was Siddhartha Gautama. He was a Prince who lived a luxurious life.
After escaping from his palace, he experienced the grief of others. Now it was time for him to wake up. He meditated deeply for 40 days. He resisted worldly temptations and asked to give up in order to reach Nirvana.
From then on, he began teaching others about his knowledge. He gave his first sermon at Sarnath (now in India). Many people followed in his footsteps and many opposed him. He died at the age of 80 in Kushinagar (now part of India).
Great Buddhist traditions are followed around the world even by non-followers. They consider it to be a good way of living to attain inner peace.
6. Traditional African Religion (Estimated 100 million adherents)
There are many traditional religions practised by Africans. However, they share or express the same idea in common. They believe in a supreme Creator, Spirits, Ancestor worship and Witchcraft.
In the days before the rise of the other major religions in the African continent, these were the only religions practised by humans.
In traditional African religion, followers believe in a supreme God. However, they worship the supernatural, including their Ancestors, as mediators between humans and God.
Their religious practices mainly consist of animal sacrifice and freedom. They believe that man should be in harmony with supernatural forces.
7. Sikhism (Estimated 25 million adherents)
Guru Nanak Dev (the First Guru of the Sikhs) was the founder of Sikhism. It was founded around the 16th century. He was always attracted to the idea of God, but he did not participate in any religious ceremony. He started his missionary journey and continued it for a long time.
One day, when people thought that he had drowned in Kali Bay, he reappeared and declared that he was neither a Hindu nor a Muslim. That was the first step in Sikhism and from this, the foundation of Sikhism was laid.
Sikhs regard God as the only supreme truth. He is known as Ik Onkar, which means that God is one and formless. Sikhs pray with hymns and meditation.
Sikhism teaches selfless service. Its practices are similar to those of Hindus and Muslims. What is most unique about this powerful religion is its unique prohibition on cutting hair for those attending the Amrit initiation ceremony.
8. Spiritism (Estimated 15 million adherents)
At the beginning of the 19th century, a French teacher named Allan Kardec founded Spiritism. In fact, he does not believe in Spiritism.
Kardec wrote five books on Spiritism. Based on proving the research and spiritual world. This powerful religion teaches the same values as Christianity but also tells you that you do not see that Jesus is the son of God.
For the residents, Jesus is the biggest example of fairness. Therefore, Jesus’ words and actions have been presented as a natural rule of Spiritism.
He believes that man is an immortal soul, which survives the death of the physical body and to date, there is no immortal soul, which is survived by the death of the physical body.
9. Judaism (Estimated 14 million adherents)
The first Jewish temple, Solomon’s temple, is on the date 832 BC. It was an important sacred temple for Jews in Jerusalem. It was destroyed after four hundred years and the second temple was built.
Abraham was the father of the Jewish people. When their descendants were slaves in Egypt, God asked Moses to carry them all out of Egypt. It was when Tarah was received (five books of Moses). A little story led them to Israel.
Israel is an ancient Jewish land. Therefore, the Israelis are known as Jews. The Jewish words have two meanings, either according to their religion or according to their ancestors.
However, experts believe that it is not tribal, genetic, or religious. The Jewish religion is for all those who are suffering from diversity.
10. Baha’i (Estimated 7.5 million adherents)
Baha’u’llah was the founder of Baha’i in the 19th century. He was a Persian man. Back then, it was considered a Muslim sect. Therefore, he suffered intense persecution from time to time
The Baha’í religion believes in the unity of all religions. It covers the history of all religions as a series of divine messengers. According to them, Krishna, Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, all established a religion that was suited to the needs of the time and the power of the people.
The followers of the Baha’í pray for the worship of the one true God of all mankind. They believe that in all the religions of the world there is only one God who is unmarried and equal.
They mostly do simple things. It also reflects their habits. Most of these people live in homes or institutions. There are a total of seven Baha’í houses of worship around the world.
11. Jainism (Estimated 5 million adherents)
Like many ancient religions, the history of Jainism also remains a mystery. Ancient Indian manuscripts dating back to 450 BC testify to the existence of this religion.
Apart from a relatively small number of followers, Jainism is one of the most powerful religions in the world. Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most famous great men of the world, adopted many Jain principles in his life.
Jainism mainly teaches three basic principles to its followers: non-violence, rudeness and dissent. This applies to all living things. So we should not be surprised that the followers of this religion are used to eating only vegetables. They do not eat meat, dairy products or root vegetables.
Their prayer is not to serve or seek, but to free their souls from worldly ties and desires. They do not consider God as their creator or destroyer. According to them, the whole place is there from the end. There is no beginning, no end.
12. Shinto (Estimated 4 million adherents)
The Shinto religion begins as a traditional Japanese myth. According to this myth, in ancient times, two Gods were called by all the thousands of Gods to create a new world. Their names were Izanami and Izanagi. They were given a spear with which they carried water. Thus Japan arose.
Since then, Shinto has become a part of the standard of living of the Japanese people. Now, it is the largest religion in Japan. About 80% of Japanese people follow the Shinto religion. However, most of them do not consider themselves as his followers.
It is this division between them because of the opinion of faith. Most Japanese come to Shinto temples to worship the Gods. They do not consider it religiously but as a ritual.
Shinto worships Kami as a sacred sacrament, which can be viewed in many ways. Therefore, some objects are worshipped and kept in Shinto shrines.
13. Cao Dai (Estimated 4 million adherents)
In 1921 a Vietnamese man Ngô Văn Chiêu had a vision of the Celestial Eye, which later became a symbol of faith. This was the beginning of the Cao Dai religion. This religion mainly combines three beliefs which are Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.
Its followers believe more in non-violence and a vegetarian lifestyle. They believe in the existence of two great deities: Cao Đài (Supreme God) and Diêu Trì Kim Mẫu (Holy Mother) who also represent ‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’ as the foundation of life.
The male creator, Yang, represents the Masculine, Glamorous, Rich and Comprehensive. It is balanced by the Yin of the Holy Mother, who is Feminine, Caring and Comforting.
Followers of Cao Dai perform a total of four rituals daily at the temple or local altar. Today, Cao Dai has six official branches in Vietnam.
14. Zoroastrianism (Estimated 2.7 million adherents)
Talking about all the old religions, Zoroastrianism religion is also one of them. It dates back to the sixth century BC when the prophet, Zoroaster, brought it to earth. However, some people believe that it came from an earlier Indo-Iranian religion.
It is believed that the Zoroastrian Empire of the Achaemenid became the largest empire recorded in history in 480 BC, due to which this religion spread throughout Iran and its surroundings.
It is also believed that this religion influenced other religions as well, such as Gnosticism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Its similarities support the view of all those religions.
The basic premise of this religion is truth and honesty. Ahura Mazda is the god of all creation next to his seven abstract creatures and the opposing forces also come together, that is Angra Mainyu.
15. Tenrikyo (Estimated 2 million adherents)
The Tenrikyo religion began when Nakayama Miki, a Japanese woman, introduced this religion to the world in 1838. He did this at the behest of the Tenrikyo God, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto. God wanted it to be given as a Shrine.
In 1854, she began to gain followers. The first of the followers was Izo Iburi, who practised religious values. Initially, Tenrikyo were members of other religions, Shinto and Buddhism.
Tenrikyo mainly teaches its followers to lead a happy life. According to its belief, the body we live in is in debt but the mind is ours. And sin is the dust of the mind that can be removed.
Tenrikyo’s followers believe in reincarnation. They pray in the churches of Tenrikyo with their sacred songs. They also believe that the universe is the body of their God, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto.
16. Satanism (Updated Soon)
Satanism is a modern and largely non-theistic religion. It was not until the 1960s that the official Church of Satan was formed by Anton LaVey. This religion is based on literary, philosophical interpretations and artistic things of the central figure of evil.
The presence of Satan in Christianity was not there before. It started as Angra Mainyu or Ahriman, the Parsi devil. According to Christian belief, Satan is shown with a pointed tail and hooves. It is seen as a red demonic human figure with horns.
It is believed that Satan lives in the world of Hell, where he is accompanied by other evil demons. The number of people who believe in this religion is increasing day by day all over the world. We cannot guess in the coming time how many followers of this religion will be. But it can be said with certainty that the growth of this religion in this modern time is not a difficult task.
Most Powerful Religion: Summary
List of 15 Most Powerful Religion in the world at a glance
- Christianity (Estimated 2.4 billion adherents)
- Islam (Estimated 1.8 billion adherents)
- Hinduism (Estimated 1.1 billion adherents)
- Traditional Religion of China (Estimated 454 million adherents)
- Buddhism (Estimated 535 million adherents)
- Traditional African Religion (Estimated 100 million adherents)
- Sikhism (Estimated 25 million adherents)
- Spiritism (Estimated 15 million adherents)
- Judaism (Estimated 14 million adherents)
- Baha’i (Estimated 7.5 million adherents)
- Jainism (Estimated 5 million adherents)
- Shinto (Estimated 4 million adherents)
- Cao Dai (Estimated 4 million adherents)
- Zoroastrianism (Estimated 2.7 million adherents)
- Tenrikyo (Estimated 2 million adherents)
- Satanism (Updated Soon)
So far we have read about the World’s greatest and strongest religions. All these religions are special in themselves. With these religions, the beliefs of those who believe in that religion are associated. We should respect all these religions.
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