Elements of Religious Traditions
Reginald T. Vandiver Jr.
August 9, 2011
Elements of Religious Traditions
In the world today there are numerous types of religion. Having as brief understanding of one??™s religion can help you to better understand the person you are dealing with. Understanding the differences in religion is as equally important. Each religion worships a divine being. Some religions believe in one God as to other religions believe in numerous Gods. Also each religion has sacred place where they go to worship. Each religion has certain sacred times throughout the year which they recognize.
Typically in the western countries the most accepted form with the divine has one possible form, and example of this would be Christianity. Christians believe and worship one god. In India a relationship with the divine source is recognized as taken many forms. Hinduism worships one god of ultimate oneness. Hindus believe that their current life is based on the actions from their previous life. The goal of Hindus is to become free from continues reincarnation. There is several ways to end the repetition of reincarnation. One is be lovely dedicated to the gods and goddesses of Hindu. Another way is to grow in the knowledge of meditation. The final way is to be participate in numerous religious ceremonies and rites. Christians believe in one loving god.
???Sacred time is a “time out of time,” when the communitys sense of the sacred interrupts ordinary experiences of time??? (Patheos, 2010). For example Islam??™s mark there sacred time on annual calendar. They have a calendar similar to want we use in the United States. There are twelve months which have the similar number of days in each month as ours. The weeks are divided into seven days much like Judaism and Christianity. The days last from sunset to sunset just like Christianity. The sacred time is marked on a calendar. Ramadan is a sacred time in the Muslim religion. The entire month of Ramadan is also sacred and is a time in which the powers of evil are diminished by the sacred event of the original revelation (Patheos, 2010). The 27th day of Ramadan is called the ???Night of Power???. The Night of Power is supposed to be the day when Muhammad received the first revelations on the Quran. Christians also have several days throughout the year that are sacred. One of the days that Christians celebrate is Christmas, which is the birth of Christ. Easter Sunday is also a sacred time in the Christianity faith. Christian Celebrate Easter because they believe it is the resurrection of Christ.
Different religions have different sacred places for their religion. Muslims gather for prayers and services at Mosques. Muslims go to shrines to seek blessings. The Prophet Muhammad built the first mosque in the courtyard of his house in Medina in 622 to provide a place for Muslims to gather for prayer and for community (Patheos, 2010). Muslims visit the Mosques five times a day for prayer. Christians worships and pray together in places called churches. In 1313 the Christians received potection under the Roman law, they adopted the building style of the Roman law. Today churches have many different archetectial styles. The Buddist relgion also has sacred places called stupas. Many stupas contain relacs of Budda or other monks.
Many religions share the same elements. Although there are different forms of Christianity they share some similarities. All Christians believe in one God, but their interpretation of the Bible is different. Many religions have had a hard time tolerating other religions. There have been religiously motivated wars, genocide, and civil unrest all because of differences in religion. In many countries citizens are not allowed freedom of religion.
In the world today there are numerous forms of religion. Having as brief understanding of one??™s religion can help you to better understand the person you are dealing with. Each religion worships a divine being. Some religions believe in one God as to other religions believe in numerous Gods. Also each religion has sacred place where they go to worship. Each religion has certain sacred times throughout the year which they recognize.
Patheos. (2010, march). Retrieved August 9, 2011, from Patheos Seek Understand: http://www.patheos.com/Library/Islam/Ritual-Worship-Devotion-Symbolism/Sacred-Time.html