Who are you? You have a family back ground, social background or many more identification for your unique recognition. But almost all of us are identified by our religion. Our religion is the characteristic which is obtained with our birth or may be one can transform his or her religion from their belief or anything else.
Religion is the medium of upliftment of humanity. It is not the supreme power but it is the mean to reach the power. We have to remember one thing that belief in religion and superstition about religion are not the same thing and we have to segregate the both carefully. As per statistics, around 59% of the world population believe in religions, while the rest are non religious or atheists. There are lots of religions and beliefs in the whole world. Some of them are new and some are very ancient.
Top 5 religions :
Let us introduce the top 5 religions in the world based on its popularity.
1. Christianity :
Christianity is the top religion in the list of most popular religions in the world. It has more than 2.4 billion followers that covers more than 31.5% of global population. The followers of Christianity are called Christians. The three major branches of Christianity are Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant. Around 50 % of total Christians are Roman Catholic. Christianity was founded in the middle of 1st century. Christians followed the holly book Bible and they believe that the Jesus is the Son of God.
2. Islam :
The 1400 year’s ancient religion Islam was founded by Prophet Muhammad and it stands second in the list of top 5 most popular religions. Islam has 1.5 billion followers and they are categorized in the two different communities called the Sunnis and the Shiites. The Holly book of Islam is Qur’an. The followers of Islam are called Muslim and they are scattered in the different countries like India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arab and most of middle east Asian country.
3. Hinduism :
Hinduism is the most popular religion in the world among the top religions. It has round about 900 millions followers. Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. It is considered that religion is founded in 1500 BC and believed that Hinduism have non human founder. The sacred book of Hinduism is the Gita. Hindus arethe followers of Hinduism and mainly India and Nepal are the main two countries where the Hinduism exists.
4. Buddhism :
Buddhism, the name comes from Goutam Buddha, who was the founder of Buddhism. 2500 years ago Goutam Buddha found that religion in India and in recent date Buddhism has 380 millions followers. Two major branches of Buddhism are generally known as Theravada and Mahayana. Theravada has the followers in Sri Lanka and South-east Asia . Mahayana is found throughout East Asia. Buddhism believes in non existence of individuals and nothing is permanent in the world.
5. Sikhism :
Sikhism is the fifth popular religion in the list of top 5 religions.Globally it has over 20 millions followers. 500 years ago Sikhism was founded in India and It was founded by Guru Nanak. Mainly India is the main country where the Sikhism exists. Sikhism believes in equality and opposes the superstitions and blind rituals.
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