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Angels & Archangels

Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. helps sponsor "Search for God" study groups with an estimated 14,000 to 15,000 followers. It was founded by Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) in Virginia Beach, Virginia (U.S.A.) in 1931.

Avatars, who are divine beings from higher spiritual realms who have incarnated on the physical plane as human beings.

Awaken / Enlightenment / Realization

Bahá'í is a religion with an estimated 4,200,000 to 4,300,000 followers. Bahá'í was founded by Bahá'u'lláh (Mirza Husayn-`Alí Nuri) while in exile in Baghdad, Persia (currently, Iraq) in 1863.

Brahmanism

Buddhism is a religion with an estimated 330,000,000 to 335,000,000 followers or Buddhists. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the Sakya tribe in Nepal between 551 B.C. and 476 B.C.. and became the Buddha (or the Enlightened One).

Christianity has an estimated 1,250,000,000 to 1,260,000,000 followers or Christians, who believe in Jesus Christ. (Based on an estimated world population 6,409,765,942 by the United States Census Bureau for 1/1/2005, that is 19.20% to 22.25% of all people, making Christianity the largest religion in the world. Some people have estimates as high 33%, but they are very likely to be over-inflated.) Christianity was founded by numerous associates of Jesus Christ around 30 A.D..

The beginning of the Christian Church is usually considered to have begun at Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus was crucified. Currently, Christianity is divided into three major divisions including Catholicism, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Protestantism. Catholicism has an estimated 900,000,000 to 905,000,000 followers or Roman Catholics. The Eastern Orthodox Church has an estimated 210,000,000 to 215,000,000 followers. Protestantism has an estimated 325,000,000 to 330,000,000 followers or Protestants.

Currently, Protestantism is broken into over 200 Protestant church denominations, each having its own founder and history. The most prominent Protestant church denominations include: Adventist religion with an estimated 10,000,000 to 11,000,000 followers or Seventh-day Adventists (SDA); Baptist religion with an estimated 5,000,000 to 5,600,000 followers or Baptists; Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) religion with an estimated 125,000 to 150,000 followers or Christian Scientists; Church of Christ (Disciples) religion with an estimated 4.500,000 to 5,000,000 followers; Congregational religion with an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 followers or Congregational worshippers; Episcopalianism (Anglican) religion with an estimated 1,000,000 to 1,250,000 followers or Episcopalians (Anglicans); Focalare religious movement with an estimated 40,000 members and 70,000 friends; Jehovah's Witnesses (Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania) religion with an estimated 3.000,000 to 3,200,000 followers or Jehovah's Witnesses; Lutheranism religion with an estimated 5,000,000 to 5,200,000 followers or Lutherans; Mennonite (Anabaptist) including Amish, Brethren and Hutterites religion with an estimated 600,000 to 700,000 followers or Mennonites (Anabaptists); Methodist religion with an estimated 6,800,000 to 7,000,000 followers or Methodists; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) religion with an estimated 4,800,000 to 5,000,000 followers or Mormons or Latter Day Saints (LDS); Pentecostalism religion with an est. 9,900,000 to 10,100,000 followers or Pentecostalists; Presbyterianism religion with an estimated 16,500,000 to 16,700,000 followers or Presbyterians; Quakerism (Religious Society of Friends) religion with an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 followers or Quakers; Unitarianism (Unitarian Universalist Asscociation) churches with an estimated 180,000 to 200,000 followers; and United Church of Christ religion with an estimated 1,000,000 to 1,100,000 followers.

There are Christian Television Ministries with an estimated 49,000,000 to 53,000,000 viewers with overlap (i.e., some viewers are members of particular Christian denominations). Also, some viewers watch multiple Christian programs.

Christianity has Other Gospels besides the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. They include the Gospels of Thomas, Peter and Matthias.

Confucianism is a religion with an estimated 5,200,000 to 5,400,000 followers or Confucians. Confucianism was founded by K'ung Fu Tzu or Confucius (Latin version of his name) in China between 551 B.C. and 478 B.C..

Consciousness

Dead Sea Scrolls are manuscripts with an estimated estimated 42,000 followers or supporters. The first seven Dead Sea Scrolls were founded by Muhammad edh-Dhib, a Bedouin shepherd, in 1947 in a cave on a cliff overlooking the north-western shore of Israel's Dead Sea. The Arabic name for the area is Qumran, which is about 13 miles East of Jerusalem. (Note that this is desert area.)

Duality

(Beliefs of the Ancient) Egyptians

Encryption of Holy Scriptures (Christian, Judaic, Hindu, Buddhist and more)

Extraterrestrials and UFO's

Fasting

Healing A countless number of people seek God and religion when they are sick. The body is the Temple of God.

Hell

Hinduism is a religion with an estimated 770,000,000 to 780,000,000 followers or Hindus. (Based on an estimated world population 6,409,765,942 by the United States Census Bureau for 1/1/2005, that is 10.11% to 11.88% of all people, making Hinduism the third largest religion behind Christianity and Islam.); developed in India from other various religions several centuries B.C..

Islam (Islamism) is a religion with an estimated 1,100,000,000 to 1,200,000,000 followers or Islamists. (Based on an estimated world population 6,409,765,942 by the United States Census Bureau for 1/1/2005, that is 10.92% to 18.72% of all people, making Islam the second largest religion behind Christianity.) Islam was founded by the prophet Muhammad (born in 570 A.D. in region that is now Saudi Arabia) in Arab territory between 610 and 622 A.D..

Jainism (a.k.a. Jain Dharma) is a religion with an estimated 3,100,000 to 3,300,000 followers or Jainas. Jainism is an ancient religion, that claims to have had 24 tirthankaras (a.k.a. jinas), who were equivalent to spiritual masters, prophets or teachers in India during the present age (or era of the world).

Juche (a.k.a. Chuch'e and Kimilsungism) has an estimated 20,000,000 to 21,000,000 followers. Juche is a Communist government sponsored mixture of ideology, philosophy and religion for the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). It was created by North Korea's President Kim Il-Sung (April 15, 1912-July 8, 1994) in 1955.

Judaism is a religion with an estimated 19,000,000 to 20,000,000 followers. Judaism was founded by Abraham (born in Ur of the Chaldees) circa 2000 B.C.. Jews regard Abraham as founder of the Hebrew people through his son Issac (whose mother was Sarah).

Kogi Indians believe that our earth is being destroyed by global warming that is specifically due to cutting down trees and removing and using fuels from the earth.

Law of Karma

Mandala Art & more

Meditation

Minority Groups - The Metropolitan Community Church , United Church of Christ and Unitarianism (Unitarian Universalist Asscociation) claim to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people.

Order of Melchizedek is a secret spiritual organization with an estimated 7,000 to 8,000 living followers; Melchizedek was one of the most important and interesting Biblical persons in the Judaic Tanakh (or Hebrew Bible) and Christian Holy Bible

Philosophical Research Society, Inc. (PRS) is an organization that promotes access to the world's wisdom literature, especially wisdom found in ancient traditions. PRS was founded by Manly P. Hall (1901-1990) in Los Angeles, California in 1934.

Q & A to spiritual questions dealing with many of today's social issues and more.

The Qatsi Trilogy is made up of three movies including Koyaanisqatsi (1983), Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002). Also, lists other spiritual video programs that are available on DVD.

Religious Sites to Visit

Rosicrucianism (AMORC - Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crusis) has an estimated 900,000 to 1,000,000 living followers or Rosicrucians. Rosicrucianism claims ties to a number of older movements including some of ancient Egyptian origin as far back as 1500 B.C.. Rosicrucians traditionally regard Akhnaton (1355 B.C.) as their first Grand Master. The most popular and largest Rosicrucian organization in the United States was incorporated as the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC) in the state of California, U.S.A. as an educational institution (not a religion) in 1915 and ever since.

Sacred Geometry and Numbers

Shamanism is a religion with an estimated 8,000,000 to 9,000,000 followers or Shamanists. Modern reference sources state that Shamanism was founded by Siberians (or northern Europeans), in the 1700's. Also, Shamanism is still being practiced by natives of Siberia. The term 'Shaman' comes from the Tungus language of Siberia via Russian. However, Shamanism is very likely to be of much older, ancient origin.

Shinto (Shintoism) is a religion with an estimated 1,400,000 to 1,600,000 followers or Shintoists (all or most are of Japanese heritage). (NOTE: In a very loose way, most Japanese can be considered as joint followers of Shinto, Buddhism and Confucianism. If that was the case, the number of (full-fledged and half-hearted) Shintoists could be estimated at 120,000,000.). Shinto was founded in Japan about 500 B.C. or earlier.

Sikhism is a religion with an estimated 18,000,000 to 19,000,000 followers or Sikhs. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak Of the Punjab state in Northwest India in 1400's.

Soul

Spiritualism (Spiritism, Spiritualist Church) is a religion with an estimated 11,000,000 to 12,000,000 followers or Spiritualists. Spiritualism is of ancient origin. The modern origin of Spiritualism can be traced back to either scientist and medium Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) of Sweden in 1744 -or- Catherine and Margaretta Fox a.k.a. tthe Fox sisters (fraudulent mediums) in Hydesville, New York in 1848.

Taoism is a religion with an estimated 19,000,000 to 20,000,000 followers or Taoists. Taoism was founded by philosopher Lao-tzu in China circa 580 B.C..

Ten Commandments were given by God to Moses at Mount Sinai and form the basic component of God's covenant with Israel.

Two Commandments were given by Jesus Christ to his followers.

Theosophy has an estimated 150,000 to 160,000 followers or Theosophists. Theosophy is NOT a religion, although it could easily be one. Instead, it is a philosophy that encompasses the world's greatest religions, philosophies and sciences. The modern movement was founded by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (a.k.a. Madame Blavatsky, 1831-1891), Henry Steel Olcott and William Quan Judge with the formation of the Theosophical Society in New York City in 1875.

Yoga involves various methods used to unite individual human consciousness with cosmic consciousness (or the Divine). Also, Yoga Nidra is a modern form of meditation derived from ancient yoga techniques.

Zionism is a worldwide movement that was originally formed to establish a Jewish national or religious community in the country Palestine and later for the support of modern Israel formed by the United Nations in 1947; see Judaism.

Zoroastrianism is a religion with an estimated 800,000 to 900,000 followers or Zoroastrians. Zoroastrianism was founded by Zarathushtra, Zartosht or Zoroaster (Greek version of his name) circa 900 B.C. in Persia (currently, Iran and Iraq).





General non-religious info


IMPORTANT NOTES:
  1. Diversity

    There are many religions to choose from. This is natural, just as there are many continents, races of people and nationalities.

    All religions are not equivalent. It is a fact that there are important differences among the various religions. There are even significant differences among the various sects of each major religion. Furthermore, some religions are clearly better or more advanced than others.

    However, there is a religious sect that is appropriate for each person, based on his/her current stage of spiritual evolution. All religions and religious sects are part of one universal religion.

    This does not mean that all religious organizations and individuals are good. Religious fraud flourishes. (Religion-info.com will not hesitate in reporting fraudulent religious entities that have already been exposed by the media, but will not identify those who have not yet been reported and convicted.)

    There is only one Truth, one God, who created all of us. It can only be hoped that all religious paths lead us back to the same, true Creator.

    The right religion(s) for you will bring you into direct contact with your soul and God. If your current religion is not doing this for you, then it may be better to try another religion. In searching, it is wise to choose to follow the religion(s) that works best for you.

  2. Estimates

    Unless otherwise noted, the number of estimated followers for each religion was obtained via dowsing. All estimates on this "Home" web page were last checked and updated on June 14, 2009.

  3. Definition of Religion

    According to Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, religion is
      • the state of a religious

      • (1): the service and worship of God or the supernatural
        (2): commitment of devotion to religious faith or observance

    • a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs and practices

    • archaic : scrupulous conformity : CONSCIENTIOUSNESS

    • a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith


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