According to Pew Research and Statista, over 75% of the entire world population believes in one of the four major religions.
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The science of quantum physics has some very interesting theories that could be considered as providing evidence there is a spirit realm. Consider the theories of...
Unpredictability - Particles in motion should have a predictable path, but they can actually divert from their present direction for no known reason.
Tunneling - Particles can travel through solid barriers.
Entanglement - Particles can have an unseen connection with other particles despite a long physical distance of separation.
Decoherence - Physical elements in the earth have active particles that lose their live vibrating state (coherence) when the elements are put through a manufacturing process.
The Unified Field - Every living object with an energy field is connected to the universe by a larger 'Unified' energy field.
Belief in one God who is experienced as a Holy Triune or Trinity. The Christian's sacred document is the Bible, which is a collection of many books. Christian key beliefs include Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 3:17, Mark 1:1 & 15:39, Luke 1:35 & 4:3, John 1:49). God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, and whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). For by grace you have been saved through faith, not by your own work; it is a gift from God, so no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). Jesus gave us the Great Commandment, which is to love God, and a second like it, is to love your neighbor as yourself, on these two commandments depend all the Law and Prophets (Matthew 22:37-40).
Belief in one God. Islam's sacred document is the Quran. Islam key beliefs include The Five Pillars of Islam. 1. Shahaadah - The profession of faith in one God and Mohammad as His messenger. 2. Salaat - Prayer five times a day. 3. Zakat - Almsgiving, or charity for the poor. 4. Sawm - Fasting, especially during the month of Ramadan. 5. Hajj - Pilgrimage to Mecca. People who practice Islam are referred to as Muslims, and have two core categories, Shia and Sunni, which differ in their beliefs of the line of succession from the Prophet Mohammad.
Hindu's believe in many gods. The Hindu's sacred documents include the Vedas. Hindu key beliefs include human souls are reincarnated in other bodies at death, and four key goals for life are 1. Dharma - Ethics and duties. 2. Artha - Work and prosperity. 3. Kama - Passion and desire. 4. Moksha - Liberation from reincarnation. Hinduism is the main religion of India, and has many other sacred documents along with the Vedas. India is about to become the most populated country.
Buddhism does not believe in a God as a higher power. Buddhist sacred documents include the Tripitaka. Key beliefs of Buddhism includes the Five Powers of Buddhism which are 1. Faith - Trust the Buddhist practices improve life. 2. Energy - Both physical and mental. 3. Mindfulness - The awareness of the situation in the moment. 4. Concentration - Associated to meditation. 5. Wisdom - True knowledge that penetrates dharmas and disperses darkness and delusion.
The book references for Islam and Hinduism are from the Learn Religions website, and Buddhism book references are from Amazon. A book for the general belief in God is The Case for a Creator.
Christianity - The Bible, The Case for Christ, Mere Christianity, Cold-Case Christianity, Evidence that Demands a Verdict, and the free short book (pdf), Key Bible Verses, at https://KeyBibleVerses.org
Islam - The Quran, What Everyone Should Know About Islam and Muslims, Islam: The Straight Path, Islam: A Short History, and Islam Today.
Hinduism - The Vedas, Hinduism: Beliefs & Practices, The Hindu Mind, Dancing with Siva, Hindu Religious Tradition, and An Introduction to Hinduism.
Buddhism - The Tripitaka, The Heart of Buddha's Teaching, The Art of Happiness, No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners, Buddhism, and No Self, No Problem.
Similarities in the major religions include the beliefs that we all have a selfish nature, but we still desire to be in relationship with others, which means we must work to overcome our selfish nature. They all share some common natural laws that govern human nature, like the importance of love, respect, ethics, and morals.
While the major religions have some similarities, I would not say they all worship the same God. They also have some significant differences in core principles about personal salvation.
There are also the philosophies of Confucius, and Taoism, which are primarily practiced in China. It's my understanding that most of them do not consider these traditions as religions. Those philosophies also believe our human nature is selfish and needs some work, so we can live in harmony with others. They also believe in the importance of love, respect, and morals.
Confucianism believes there is a Higher Power in the universe, or a Tao. They also believe in ancestor worship, as spirits, not gods. https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/confucianism
Taoism has the classic Yin-Yang symbol that represents the masculine and feminine energy that manifests the five elements on the earth, which are, earth, water, wood, fire, and metal. These elements also correspond with all things on earth.
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