An accurate picture of worlds many religions is not available, but the following gives an approximate bid for the largest organizations.
Christianity: 2.1 billion ¤ Islam: 1.5 billion ¤ Non-religious: 1.1 billion ¤ Hinduism: 900 million ¤ Traditional, Chinese religion: 394 million ¤ Buddhism: 376 million ¤ Sikhism: 23 million ¤ Judaism: 14 million ¤ Baha’i: 7 million ¤ Jainism: 4.2 million ¤ Shinto: 4 million ¤ Cao Dai: 4 million ¤ Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million ¤ Neo-Paganism: 1 million ¤ Scientology: 500 thousand.
There are many common denominators among some of these faiths, but also a myriad of interpretations and traditions that for thousands of years has developed into wars, conflicts and now terrorist related targeted killings of innocent people throughout the world.
And these deformed monstrosities are conducted under a shield of God’s will to remove other people from their faiths, regardless of the fact that almost all states, that there is only one God who can defend planet Earth’s interests.
Well, the oldest religions have existed for thousands of years, which in itself is quite impressive. Many people, whether they belong to the lower or upper social part of society has taken over the paternal inheritance or ritual habits without thinking about whether it is right or wrong. Over the past years, however, several who doubted these ancient traditions are now gradually being riddled by the layman and professional researchers. But the world is still missing something…….
Firstly, it is the developing countries that are suffering from a good education – not in religion, but general knowledge of everything that can be related to the human and social aspects of life’s diversity. Religion in general should have its own position if and when man has clarified own understanding of this spiritual and invisible universe. Man’s intelligence level has grown rapidly over the last hundred years, so any learning process can be restricted to succeed in life’s basic conditions of general knowledge and more specialized training can be added on top of basic training.
This is of course a question of courage, politics and people’s perception of the needs and
spiritual aspects involved in their own minds: added the spice that gives humans substance and enrichment the mind, soul and body. This is actually easy to achieve if we use our intuition, listening to our body which is the world’s best messenger.
Religion today is politics, business, manipulation, killings and in many cases a return ticket to a treatment for insanity.
Prejudices inherited from the ancestral interests can be difficult to overcome – the manipulation’s power has quite a large grip in the years when children are educated and influenced by the external environment. We see the obvious evidence when particularly Islamists coach their children in warfare – in God’s name!
But it is not only Islamists who use weapons as part of religious conflicts – almost all religions have for thousands of years used either primitive or modern weapons to destroy another religion. The Catholics wiped out the Cathars in France, Catholics and Protestants have fought against each other for years in Ireland and now we are seeing a wave of religious variants struggling against each other in the Arab part of the world.
Political leaders are generally reluctant to interfere in religious strifes, excluding dictators and kings. Many countries today are in a process where globalization and evolution has become popular because of the growing ethnic and international charisma that characterizes these countries. These changes I see as a positive development and new impulses usually occur when different opinions are brought up in an intellectual and intelligent level. Spirituality is an important part of people’s needs and the creative universe is just one part of the substance, why we need to keep the balance sheet nailed to life’s thin straw.
Nothing, however, will be conducted tomorrow – perhaps over a period of thousands of years if the world is otherwise newborn or an ailing planet, which the external chemical energies cannot do more about, because of the man, who did not meet the requirements needed to this experiment as planned from the beginning, when life arose on Earth through unimaginable strong reactions and explosions.