Essay on Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, And Judaism

1237 Words Mar 19th, 2016 null Page
Over the millenniums, many civilizations have come and gone. And with them, each have brought in new ideas and left lasting social characteristics on the civilizations that followed. One thing that almost all civilizations have had in common with each other is the belief in some form of a higher power—deity and afterlife. Today’s societies are no different with the many different religious belief systems. From these religious beliefs in a higher authority than that of man, civilizations and societies have derived teachings, customs, guidelines, and laws by which to live their lives. Many of the various religions hold on to the belief in a God and an afterlife. While these religions have some similarities, they hold some significant differences in how to obtain the afterlife.
Of the many religious followings, almost sixty-two percent of the world’s populations subscribes to just four of these religious belief systems. They are Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism. According to Michael Lipka, of the Pew Research Center in his April 2, 2015 report 7 key changes in the global religious landscape, in 2010 with a world population of 6.9 billion people, there were nearly 2.2 billion Christians, 1.6 billion Muslims, 490 million Buddhist and 14 million Jews worldwide . All four of these religious belief systems have teaching that have been passed down to their followers by their previous generations. Buddhist follow the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (ca. 563-483 B.C.E.), The…

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