What do most world religions have in common?    

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Something that the five major world religions (Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam) have in common is a sense of community. A sense of community provides group cohesion and identity, as well as a way for rituals and traditions to be passed down from generation to generation. For Christians, this community most often centers around a church. For members of the Jewish faith, the synagogue and yeshiva (Jewish school for the study of the Talmud and Torah) serve as focal points for the community. The sangha, which refers to a monastic community of monks or nuns and the lay community that supports them, is the central cohesive force in Buddhism. For Hindus, communities can form among devotees of a specific guru or deity, or among those who attend a specific shrine or temple. In Islam, a community can form within a local mosque or among followers of a particular imam. In addition, all Muslims consider themselves to be part of the worldwide community of Islam which is referred to as the ummah.

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The practice of a religion is clearly one way of directing one's life with its structure and theological or other principles which govern behavior.  Usually, there is a being superior to mere humans that religions recognize.  However,  there is a sharp division in beliefs among some religions that politicians and others would make murky.

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Thomas Hobbes once commented that people explain that which they cannot explain in terms of "God." Most world religions deal with how its practicioners understand...

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Perhaps the best answer for what unites all religions lies in the questions:

1) Where do we come from?

2) Where are we going?

3) Why are we here?

4) What has gone wrong & how do we fix it?

All major religions share these perennial questions posed by the human soul no matter where they exist on the planet. There are other questions as well, such as: What (who) is God? Monotheistic faiths such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam believe in an all-powerful creator god. Other religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and others believe in an impersonal "oneness" of all things; still others believe in no god at all – and the list goes on.

One can argue that at the core of all world religions is the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Unfortunately, religion has done a poor job in following its own mandates. It leaves a history of war, genocide, and intolerance in its often tumultuous wake; yet, some of the world's most lofty institutions such as hospitals, universities, and charities have their roots in religious compassion. One might say that the human soul is a beautiful tragedy that seeks to understand in often misguided ways, yet occasionally gets it gloriously right! Perhaps Alexander Solzhenitsyn says it best:

"The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either - but right through every human heart - and between all human hearts...."

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Most world religions are seeking a goal beyond this world, what we might loosely call "salvation." For some religions that is a continued personal existence. For example, Christians look forward to an eternal existence in a new heaven and earth and Muslims seek Paradise, or Janna. Other religions view the ultimate goal as the cessation of existence. Buddhists hope to achieve Nirvana and Hindus strive after Moksha, that is, release from the cycle of reincarnation. Most world religions are in agreement about how to achieve their ultimate goal, even if they differ on exactly what that goal is. Generally speaking world religions agree on similar moral codes and teach that adherence to them will lead to that religions end goal.

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Most world religions have a Deity or God that they believe has brought them together, in Faith, for a common purpose. This sovereign Lord is the most revered creator of the Universe and of man.

The teachings of each deity are passed down from centuries and are thoroughly updated with new resources and findings from religious zealots. The purpose of studying these books is to develop a relationship with your God or Allah.

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I believe that all major religions believe in the supernatural being, they believe there is a higher power which watches over them so they must live according to a set standard of rules to please the supernatural being. 

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They believe in god they believe that there is always somebody watching over them no matter what
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