"In The Beginning........There Was God." By: Jon Pablo
As we all Know, "God" created everything. From the begininng until now, and forever there was and will always be...God.
But, which one? We all know of the regulars, like , Zeus, Vishnu, Thoth, Thor, Ra, Quetzalcoatl, Pan, Odin, Jesus, Buda, Brahma, Allah, and even Satan, maybe?
At least we know that the world did not start at year 0. Well, most of us do.
So, 'Adam' the first man, lived 930 years which initially is impressive. However Noah lived for 950 years, even Yoda lived until age 900.
Either way, they are all better than us and they deserve our praise and respect. It is very important to not question what they tell us, and follow their directions.
Religionisness By: Jon Pablo
What is Religion and what does it all really mean?
First, there is what societies call or recognize as "traditional" and then "organized" religions, and those which "they" don't, even though they really are.
Aren't they all basically the same? I mean you look, have a higher power, some kind of story or text to follow, mix in some silly attire, receiting some doctrine participating in rituals and there you have it! An instint religion...without adding water!
Most of these Religions are____________but some have___________like__________________
Islam is both a religion and a set of laws -- Sharia laws.
That's the difference between any one of our traditional religions where it's just about religious purposes.
Every religion thinks that all other religions are wrong. And they, are all right.
Judged by the standards of any other scientific theory, the "God hypothesis" does not do very well, Carroll argues. But he grants that "the idea of God has functions other than those of a scientific hypothesis."
We still cling to primitive ideas like separation through "hokey" religions.
So, what do these faiths all have in common? What exactly does their scriptures mean and tell us?
Do they suggest that a belief in a higher power and in the supernatural, acts as a societal glue that motivates people to follow the rules?
Also, does the belief in the afterlife, helps people grieve and staves off their fears of death?
The "ICS, ISTS & ISMS"
The Best of the Worst:
By: Guru Preet
First, we deeply regret with a profound serenity of spirit if we over looked, forgot or simply did not know of, and did not include your religion. We ask for your forgiveness in conscience before God.
Adventists - Is a minor branch of Protestant, started by William Miller during the Second Great Awakening in the United States, differ on whether the intermediate state is unconscious sleep or consciousness, the nature of immortality, and whether the wicked are resurrected or eternal torment.
Anglicans - Believe the catholic and apostolic faith is revealed in Holy Scripture and the Catholic creeds. Celebrate traditional sacraments, and Christian tradition of the historic church, scholarship, reason and experience. Unique to Anglicanism is the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), the collection of services that has been used for centuries. Originally compiled by Thomas Cranmer in 1549 who was Archbishop of Canterbury.
Bahaism - Teaches the 3 core principles: the unity of God, the unity of religion, and the unity of humanity. A single and all-powerful God, periodically reveals his will through divine messengers. Religion is thus seen as orderly, unified, and progressive. A unified world order, for prosperity of all nations, races, creeds, and classes. Established by prophet Bahá'u'lláh in 1863, in Persia
Baptists - Believes in 1 God, miracles; atonement for sins through the death, burial, resurrection the Trinity; salvation, evangelism, missions and in the literal Second Coming of Christ. Faith is a matter between God and individuals. baptism is an ordinance, not a sacrament and is not necessary for salvation. No church or ecclesiastical organization has inherent authority over a Baptist church.
Buddhism - Founded by Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha or the awakened one, in the 6th century BCE, has 2 main branches: the more conservative Theravada, or "Way of the Elders," and liberal Mahayana, or "Great Vehicle", centered on the 4 Noble Truths: suffering or duhkha, desire as the cause of suffering, suffering can end, and existence of a way to end suffering.
Calvinism - Is a major branch of Protestantism, follows the tradition and forms of Christian practice, founded in the 16th century by John Calvin. God also speaks through human writers in the Bible. People gain knowledge of God from the Bible. While the knowledge from God to people is never incorrect, it is also never comprehensive. Christ is the only mediator between God and people. 5 Points of Calvinism:Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, Perseverance of the saints. They deny the Catholic teaching that humans can achieve salvation through their actions.
Catholics - Headed by the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, the church's doctrines are summarized in the Nicene Creed. Teaches there is only, One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic church founded by Jesus Christ, that its bishops are successors of Christ's apostles, and the Pope is the successor to Saint Peter to whom primacy was conferred by Jesus Christ. Has 7 sacraments and its teaching includes sanctification through faith and spreading of the Gospel, Catholic social teaching, and the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Confucianism - More of a philosophy than a religion, was founded by Confucius in the 5th century BCE. With an ideal structure and hierarchy of the world, and people have a moral obligation to fulfill their roles in that hierarchy
Deism - Is a philosophical position that God (or gods) can be either "Warm" - God's existence as the cause of all things or "Cold" - the non-intervention of deity in the natural behavior of the created universe. Rejects miracles and revelation as sources of religious knowledge, reason and observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a single creator or absolute principle of the universe.
Episcopalian -The center of teaching is the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is fully human and fully God, provides the way of eternal life for those who believe. Belief in the Holy Trinity, heaven, hell, and Jesus' return in glory. The 2 great and necessary sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. Emphasis on living out the Great Commandment to love God and neighbor fully. Founded in 1789
Eastern Orthodox - 1 of the oldest and 2nd-largest Christian Church, teaches One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic church established by Jesus Christ in his Great Commission, bishops are the successors of Christ's apostles. It maintains that it practices the original Christian faith, passed down by sacred tradition. Developed in the Eastern part of the Roman Empire, before the 1st century AD.
Hinduism - Withno known founder dating back about 5,000 years this religion, or a way of life, has Vaishnavism and Shaivism. Also, Yoga, Dharma, Karma, Kama, Artha, Moksha, Samara, a commitment to an ideal way of life and reincarnation!
Islam - One God - Allah, who is merciful, all-powerful, unique and has guided mankind through prophets, revealed scriptures, natural signs and a final judgment with the righteous rewarded paradise and unrighteous punished in hell. The primary scriptures are the Quran, the unaltered and final word of God. Concepts and practices include the Five Pillars of Islam: Faith, Prayer, Charity, Fasting, Pilgrimage to Mecca. Originated in the early 7th century CE, revealed to Muhammad, a messenger of God. Most Muslims are of 1 of 2 denominations: Sunni or Shia
Jediism - Based on the observance of the Force, a ubiquitous and metaphysical power that is the underlying, fundamental nature of the universe. Adherents follow the 16 teachings and 21 maxims, which are the principles, ideals, philosophies and teachings - in a practical manner within their lives.
Jehovah Witness - Place emphasis on Jehovah (God) than on Christ, do not observe holidays and customs considered to have origins incompatible with Christianity, refusing military service and blood transfusions. Consider the Bible to be the final authority for all their beliefs, through Watch Tower Society publications, teach the present world order is under control of Satan, and will be destroyed at Armageddon by Jehovah, who will use Jesus to establish a government on earth of God's kingdom. Based on the Bible teachings of Charles Taze Russell. The name Jehovah's witnesses was adopted in 1931
Jainism - Founded by Mahavira in India around the 6th century BCE. The goal is to liberate the soul from all karma. Believing in non-injury to all life-forms, live harmless lives that use little as possible of the world's resources. Nearly everything has a jiva (soul) in some stage of reincarnation, cycle of birth and rebirth, which is possible to escape and achieve moksha (release) by following the 3 jewels - right belief, right knowledge, and right conduct. Jainism has 2 sects: Svetambaras, wear white clothes, Digambaras go naked. Jain monks, however, commonly wear cloths over their mouths to prevent them from unconsciously breathing in and accidentally causing injury to living things.
Judaism - Is based on the belief in one God. Follows a system of law, called Halachah, which regulates personal values, family relationships, social responsibility, and civil and criminal justice and the 13 Principles of Faith. The Hebrew Bible, or the Old Testament in Christianity, is the fundamental source of Jewish belief, notably its first 5 books collectively called the Torah or Pentateuch.
Lutheran - Advocates a doctrine of justification "by grace alone through faith alone on the basis of Scripture alone", and is the final authority on all matters of faith. Accepts the teachings of the first seven ecumenical councils of the undivided Christian Church and the Augsburg Confession, from the Book of Concord.
Methodist - Founded in the 18th century, doctrines include imparted righteousness, the possibility of perfection in love, the works of piety, and the primacy of Scripture - that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for all of humanity and that salvation is available for all.
Mormons - The bible is considered the word of God. The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price are viewed as companions to the bible and have a relatively open definition of scripture. Believe a pre-mortal existence where people were literal spirit children of God, in "a friendly universe", governed by God to bring his children to immortality and eternal life, a plan of salvation to become more like God. Every person who on earth will be resurrected, and will be received into various kingdoms of glory through fully accepting Christ through faith, repentance, and ordinances. Founded by Joseph Smith in 1830’s.
Paganism - Traditionally encompasses the collective pre- and non-Christian cultures, folklore and include similar religious traditions stretching far into prehistory in and around the classical world.
Pashtunwali - Pre-dates Islam, requires Pashtuns follow the 9 main principles: Hospitality, Asylum, Justice, Bravery, Loyalty, Righteousness, Trust in god, Dignity, and Honor of Women.
Pentecostals - A direct personal experience of God through the baptism with the Holy Spirit, and the reliability of the Bible and the need for the transformation of an individual's life through faith in Jesus. The Bible, in the original manuscripts in which it was written, is infallible. Emphasize the teaching of the "full gospel" - Emerged around 1900 CE.
Polytheism - The belief in many gods and goddesses, practiced by a number of societies throughout the world and history.
Presbyterians - Often using a "Book of Order" to regulate common practice and order, place importance on education and learning, referred to as "subordinate standards", to enable to put one's faith into practice. Emphasizes the sovereignty of God, authority of Scriptures, grace through faith in Christ. There are only 2 sacraments: Baptism, and Communion. There is not 1 fixed "Presbyterian" worship style. However, most follow traditional liturgical year and observe traditional holidays. Formed in the mid 1560’s by John Knox in Scotland.
Protestant -Begun in Germany in 1517 by Martin Luther. Following 3 fundamental principles, the Bible is the highest source of authority, believers are pardoned for sin, solely on condition of faith in Christ, implies the right and duty of the members read the Bible in the native language, to take part in the government and all the public affairs of the Church.
Quakers - Historically Christian, believe that truth is continuously revealed directly to individuals from their immediate experience in God and verified by the Bible and their own Book of Discipline. Their spiritual lives, according to how they believe God is leading them, they feel personally moved by God rather than following an ethical code. Founded by George Fox in the mid-17th-century England.
Rastafari - Believes in God, referred to as Jah, who partially resides in everyone. refer to their practices as "livity", place emphasis on what they regard as living 'naturally'. Regard the former emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, as an incarnation of Jah on Earth and the Second Coming of Christ. Developed in Jamaica during the 1930s.
Satanism - Dedicated to the acceptance of Man's true nature - living in a cosmos that is indifferent to our existence and for the selfless revolt against tyranny, free & rational inquiry, and the responsible pursuit of happiness!
Scientology - An "applied religious philosophy" consists of a metaphysical doctrine, a theory of psychology, and teachings in morality. Does not preach or impose a particular idea of god or accept anything on faith alone, discover the truth through their own observation and a final goal achieving a spiritual state called “clear.” Developed in 1954 by L. Ron Hubbard.
Shakers - The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, founded in the early 1700’s in England by Mother Jane Wardley. Virtues and practice are a celibate and communal lifestyle, pacifism, and their model of equality based on the idea of the dualism of God as male and female, value women and men equally in religious leadership. Leader Mother Ann Lee, is the female manifestation of Christ.
Shamanism - Is a practice which involves practitioners reaching altered states of consciousness, in order to perceive, contact and interact with the spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world at the behest of others.
Shinto - "The Way of the Gods" - Has no founder or texts. It is the belief in scared power in both animate and inanimate objects - Everything has a life spirit or energy.
Sikhism - “Disciple”- Originated around the end of the 15th century. Truth, Compassion, Contentment, Humility and Love.
Sufism - Often defined as "Islamic Mysticism” believe that it is possible to draw closer to God, aim to seek the pleasing of God by working to restore within themselves the primordial state of “Fitra”.
Taoism - Founded around the 3rd or 4th century BCE, by Laozi, the main concepts are wu wei, which is the process of doing things effortlessly or non-intentionally, to live in accordance with the "way” - the indescribable source and flow of everything and the "3 Treasures," which are compassion, moderation, and humility.
Tengrism - Believe their existence as sustained by the eternal blue Sky, Tengri, the fertile Mother-Earth, spirit Eje, and a ruler regarded as the holy spirit of the Sky. By living an upright and respectful life, a human being will keep his world in balance and maximize personal power, Wind Horse, living in harmony with the surrounding world. Heaven, Earth, the spirits of nature and the ancestors provide every need and protect all humans.
Thelema - The fundamental principle, known as the "Law of Thelema", is "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will." Thelema was founded in the early 1900s by prophet Aleister Crowley.
Unitarians - Believe God is 1 entity, (as opposed to the Trinity) that Jesus was inspired by God, is a savior, but was a normal human being, not God himself. Does not constitute 1 single denomination, but a collection of Christian beliefs that share a common theological concept, known for the rejection of several doctrines like original sin, predestination, and the infallibility of the Bible. It began in eastern Europe during the mid-16th century.
Voodoo - Described as not simply a religion, but rather an experience that ties body and soul together. believe in a distant and unknowable Supreme Creator, Bondye, who does not intercede in human affairs, and direct their worship to spirits called loa, through the presentation of offerings, creation of personal altars, devotional objects, participation in elaborate ceremonies of music, dance, and spirit possession. Originated in the Caribbean French Empire in the 18th century.
Wicca - Typically duotheistic, worshipping a Goddess and a God, regarded as an impersonal force or process rather than a personal deity. Draws upon ancient pagan and 20th-century hermetic motifs for its and ritual practice and theological structure. There are many variations on structure, as the religion grows and evolves over time. Wicca has no central authority. Developed in England and introduced to the public in 1954 by Gerald Gardner.
Yazidis - Believe in 1 God, who created the world and entrusted it into the care of the 7 Holy Beings (or Angels) - linked to ancient Mesopotamian religions and combines aspects of others. Origins from the 12th century.
Zoroastrianism -Believes that there is 1 universal, transcendent, supreme god, Ahura Mazda, or the "Wise Lord" who is almighty, though not omnipotent. Is thought to have been founded around the 6th century BCE, and is notable for being 1 of the first religions to use the concept of the struggle between good and evil.
Atlantis - (City / Island of) 9600 BCE
October 22, 4004 - 6:00 pm BCE-God Creates the Universe!
Adam [4004 - 3760] - [3074 - 2830] (Age 930) Eve [4004 - 3064] - [3760 - 2820] (Age 940)
Cain & Abel -
Seth - (3rd son of Adam & Eve) - Methuselah - Lamech - Noah (Age 950) sons: Shem, Ham, Japheth Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors (alsoknown as the Three August Ones) 3500
Krishna (Hindu) born July 18 , 3233
Jacob born 1837 (5th generation decendent of Adam & Eve)
Abraham born 1812 BCE
Leads his family and followers to the Land of Canaan around 1800 BCE
TheExodus of the Israelites from Egypt -1690
Sarah, wife of Abraham dies, June -1695
Ruth (great grandmother of David) - married Boaz- son - Obed
Moses 1391–1271 (Age 120)
Hercules born 1251
David 1040 - 970
Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha 563 - 483 (approx Age 80)