Religion is a state of believe that influence ones faith, it is a collection of beliefs, views and systems that associate humanity to spirituality and certain oral values. Each religion has unique symbols, traditions, and sacred historical originalities. This paper tries to investigate the various world religions, their originalities, beliefs and their political and economical influences.
Buddhism, which was founded in India by Siddharta Gautama and is ranked as the fourth largest religion after Christianity and Islam respectively. Buddhism has no God, thus it is described as a belief system rather than a religion like Christianity and Islam. It embraces Four Truths; suffering is universal, desire causes it, the cure is to eliminate the craving, and going by the Eightfold Path it eradicates desire to achieve inner peace and satisfaction. The Eightfold Path is a system of consideration that relies on wisdom, ethics, and mind. Siddharta Gautama taught the three Wheels; the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha, the foundation of Mahayana of Buddhism. According Robert, the Mauryan emperor of Ashoka, made it spread faster in India with his support while the descendants led to more Buddhist spiritual memorials leading to the spread of Buddhism to China, to the coastal lands of Southeast Asia. Professor Ronald M. Davidson, ascend of Vajrayana was the reaction to the change of the political climate in India.
Christianity concerns the Christian religion, which became the bearer of Western empire after the collapse of Rome. The supporters of Jesus of Nazareth believed to be the Christ founded it. The founders of Christianity included the disciples of Jesus with Paul of Tarsus actively encouraging the founding of Christian communities. According to Hastings, the Christianity religion spread from Jerusalem through the Near East, it was adopted as the state religion states like the Armenia, Ethiopia, Georgia, and the Roman Empire and expanded throughout the globe during Age of Exploration in Europe’s. Hastings accounts Christianity success to natural effect of truth and triumph over paganism, the pledge resurrection of the dead, and that true immortality depend on endurance at the end of times. The Cistercian houses built in the wilderness, played a part in bringing economic cultivation thus improving politics.
Islam founder was Prophet Muhammad, who was born on the Arabian Peninsula a bridge on the edge of Red Sea connecting Africa and Asia. It is third of the three major monotheistic faiths who belief in God the Allah. They base teachings on the wisdom of the holy book, Qur’an. According to Buswell, Islam followers are Muslims and their practices are defined by the Qur’an and the Sunnah via Five Pillars; shahadah, salat, siyam, zakat and hajj. The growth of cities led to the spread of Islam translating to economic growth, with cultural development in industrialization and trade influencing the spread hence expansion of religion, academic, economic and political being.
There are two assumption relating Buddhism and Christianity: Buddhism straight influenced the number of early Christianity and both Buddha and Christ were inclined to a common foundation that preceded both. Regarding the latter, Buddha proverbs bear similarities to Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. The first gathering of Jews settled in India during the time of Buddha thus, a straight connection to Buddhism and Christianity. Earlier infancy story of Jesus has comparison to Buddha in the Gospel of Luke. The existence of Buddhism was slightest 400 years before Christianity. Both Buddha and Jesus were born by virgins. Christianity has stretched more than the other religions, from Middle East to Roman Empire to Northern Barbarians, finally to Africa and to Northern and Southern America. Islam is only strong around the Middle East, where it originates and has not stretched as extensive as Christianity or across diverse communal classes. Christianity and Islam outline their origin to the wisdom of prophets. Buddhism originated in before the Apostolic era and the beginning of Christianity and Islamic respectively. Islam differs in the way of life, dressing and communal culture to both Buddhism and Christianity.
In conclution, all the world religions share some common doctrinal aspects that bring them together. The message shared by all the religions centers within peace, preservation of humanity and good deeds to all, though this may be preserved differently in some religions due to certain hard lines taken by some followers. It is notable, that all the religions have similar paths, economic and political influences to the world.