What Religion Should You Actually Be?
Ever wonder about the meaning of life? Up late worrying about what happens after death? Looking for a spiritual path? Let's figure out which religion, if any, best suits your beliefs
Which religious or ritual object most intrigues you?
What do you think happens after death?
How do you feel about eating pork?
Which of these sounds like a better definition of "God" - a "higher power" or "the divine"?
Which of these holiday celebrations sounds best to you?
Why is there pain and suffering in the world?
In your opinion, has "God" been on earth in the form of a human being?
How would you rather pray?
How would you rather spend your time?
Your personal beliefs are closest to those of the Christian faith, and you have plenty of company! Christianity has the most adherents of the any religion in the world, with over 2.2 billion followers. Most Christian sects are Trinitarian, believing that there is one God in "three persons": the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Son came to earth as Jesus Christ in order to die as an atonement for human sins. Christians believe that Jesus' death and resurrection offer humanity a path to redemption and eternal life. Now go and celebrate Christmas and Easter!
Judaism is the religion closest to your personal beliefs. Despite having less than 15 million adherents worldwide, Judaism has had an enormous impact on the world through Jewish sacred texts, most notably the Hebrew Bible. Judaism is a Monotheisitic religion, meaning belief in one God and is primarily concerned with this life, placing little emphasis on an afterlife. Judaism does not actively seek converts, but conversion, though difficult, is possible. Especially after proving you were meant to be Jewish with this quiz!
Your beliefs are closest to those of Islam! Google your local Mosque, because it may be time to learn a little Arabic. Islam is the second largest, and fastest growing, religion in the world with over 1.6 billion followers. It was founded by Muhammed in the 7th century. Islam is a Monotheistic religion, meaning the belief in one God. Islam places huge emphasis on the role of prophets in conveying God's will for humanity. For Muslims, Muhammed was the last prophet who revealed the final and true religion for all humanity in the form of the Quran, the Islamic holy book. Ramadan is the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar, a month long fast from sunrise to sunset that culminates in Eid al-Fitr, a major Islamic holiday full of feasting and rejoicing. Let us feast!
Some parts of this quiz were probably boring for you, or just down right funny. You're a pragmatist and a thinker. Atheism, from the Greek "atheos" or "without God", is the intellectual rejection of belief in God or deities. Atheists emphasize the lack of empirical evidence that God or an afterlife exists and rely on scientific explanations for human existence. It should be noted that although atheists often reject all organized religion, there are some religions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, that have traditions of atheist philosophies. So could there be a spiritual side to you after all? (yeah, probably not, we know)
Thus spoke Zarathustra? You're an old soul looking to connect with the Light. Zoroastrianism is one of the most ancient religious philosophies in the world. Originating in Persia (modern day Iran), Zoroastrianism was a major religion until the arrival of Islam. Zoroastrianism teaches the existence of one, supreme God who is the source of good in the world. Pain and suffering are explained by the existence of a chaotic force that battles God. There are less than 2 million followers in the world, most of which are in Iran and India. You are one of a kind!
You're either a Yoga enthusiast or on a deep spiritual path -- or both! Hinduism is a broad term for the many different religious practices of India. There are many different concepts of God in Hinduism, ranging from the belief in one God who manifests itself in an endless number of gods and goddesses, to the belief that the Universe itself is God. One popular deity is Vishnu, who comes to earth periodically to save humanity. Yoga originated as a Hindu religious practice (in Sanskrit it means "to attach" or "to join" - this is understood to mean "union with the divine"). All Hindu traditions believe in the reincarnation of human souls over many lifetimes. That means you get to be something great in your next life!
Can you say "OM"? You're clearly looking for inner peace and calm! Important to know that Buddhism is a major religion with many different traditions and interpretations. Buddhism is based on the teachings of the Buddha, an Indian prince from what is today Nepal, who left his royal life to experience suffering and ultimately the path to end it. The Buddha's teachings are based on the concept that all of life is suffering caused by our desires. Buddha taught that the way out of suffering and the cycle of karma, or cause and effect, is through a mindful process of awakening. Buddhism emphasizes the concept of impermanence and keeping calm through all of life's ups and downs. Keep calm and be a Buddhist!
You're a Rasta! Probably a stoner, Bob Marley fan, and left-wing. Rastafarianism or the Rastfari movement is an afrocentric way of life founded in Jamaica in the 1930s. Rastas believe in one God, Jah, who manifests himself in human form. Jesus was one such manifestation. Rastas believe that Ethiopia, and Africa in general, is the true Zion and birthplace of humanity. The ritual and spiritual use of canabis is central to the movement. Rastafari culture and philosophy is adamantly opposed to Western culture which is often called "Babylon". Rastas believe that the truly righteous are everliving and will never die. Much of the Rastafari movement is based on black liberation and in opposition to white oppression. Reggae music has been instrumental in spreading the Rastafari philosophy. Ya man!