Christianity | 2 Billion |
Islam | 1.2 Billion |
Hinduism | 785 Million |
Buddhism | 360 Million |
Judaism | 17 Million |
Sikhism | 16 Million |
Baha’i | 5 Million |
Confucianism | 5 Million |
Jainism | 4 Million |
Shintoism | 3 Million |
Less known religions:
* Founded in Persia by Baha’u’llah in the XIX century.
* Itemphasizes spiritual unity of all humankind. So, the divine messengers they believe in include: Jesus, Abraham, Muhammad, Buddha, and some others.
* “Baha’i” comes from the Arabic “BAHA” that means, glory or splendor. The term “Baha’ism” has been used in the past, but the correct term is “Baha’i Faith”
* The teachings and doctrine Baha’i are based in three principles: unity of god, unity ofreligion and unity of humankind. And they believe that god sends a divine messenger periodically to transform humankind and develop moral and spiritual qualities.
* Its monotheistic, they call their God the “All-Powerful”, the “All-Loving”. And they learn to know and to love god with prayers, reflection and being in the service of humankind.
* Even though, Baha’i Faith accepts a lot ofreligions, they assert that they are a different religion, with their own scriptures, laws, teachings, and history.
* Heaven and Hell are described as a spiritual state of nearness or distance from god, and not as a physical place with punishments and reward achieved after death.
* They emphasize the equality of the human being. Doctrines of racism, nationalism, caste, social class andgender-based hierarchy are seen as artificial impediments to unity.
* The majority of Bahá'ís live in Asia (3.6 million), Africa (1.8 million), and Latin America (900,000). According to some estimates, the largest Bahá'í community in the world is in India, with 2.2 million Bahá'ís, next is Iran, with 350,000, and the US, with 150,000. Aside from these countries, numbers vary greatly. Currently, nocountry has a Bahá'í majority.
* Some of the laws state that: Alcohol, drugs, gossip, homosexual and premarital sex, monasticism, gambling, fanaticism, and some other things are forbidden. They have to make almost a month of fast before new year.
* Baha’is calendar is a nineteen month year, with nineteen days each month, with four or five intercalary days. New Year is the same as Persian NewYear, and it accurs on the vernal equinox in March 21
* Baha’is continues to be persecuted in Islamic countries, as Islamic leaders do not recognize the Baha’i Faith as an independent religion, but rather as apostasy from Islam.
* Born in India, prescribes a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Its philosophy and practice emphasize the necessity ofself-effort to move the soul towards divine consciousness and liberation.
* In the modern world, it is a small but influential religious minority with as many as 4.2 million followers in India, and successful growing immigrant communities in North America, Western Europe, the Far East, Australia and elsewhere
* Beliefs: every living being has a divine soul
* Every soul is potentiallydivine, with innate qualities of infinite knowledge, perception, power and bliss (masked by its karmas).
* Regard every living being as you do yourself, harming no one and being kind to all living beings.
* Every soul is born as a heavenly being, human, sub-human or hellish being according to its own karma.
* Every soul is the architect of its own life, here or hereafter.
* Whena soul is freed from karmas, it becomes free and attains divine consciousness, experiencing infinite knowledge, perception, power, and bliss
* Right Faith (right vision), Right Knowledge and Right Conduct (triple gems of Jainism) provide the way to this realisation. There is no supreme divine creator, owner, preserver or destroyer. The universe is self-regulated and every soul has the...