What do all religions have in common?

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  1. Indigenous profile image62
    Indigenousposted 14 years ago

    What do all religions have in common?

  2. Tricia Lee profile image60
    Tricia Leeposted 14 years ago

    What religions have in common is, their need to control others and the need to feel superior.

    1. profile image0
      Dave36posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Is it religion that's needs to control others, or man's ego's in said religions..I mean i'm not religious, but don't all religions teach/preach love & peace etc?..

  3. Absolutely Elle profile image58
    Absolutely Elleposted 14 years ago

    All religions share ideas about how to cope with living, death and what happens after we die in common. They also share stories about how life was created and how humans should treat other humans (in other words they set up a structure of morals for the community that has faith in whichever religion they believe in).

    1. Arachnea profile image66
      Arachneaposted 9 years agoin reply to this


    2. connorj profile image69
      connorjposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      They have less and less in common as the age of "Man" continues...

  4. Ellandriel profile image76
    Ellandrielposted 14 years ago

    Fanatics...I guess they all are... and all lie!

  5. kwade tweeling profile image80
    kwade tweelingposted 14 years ago

    Define religion.

    All religion offers answers to important spiritual questions. They offer some way to define that which we cannot explain. Along that vein, they offer a view of what happens after death.

    If you mean an organized group practicing a religion; That tends to mean that one person, or group of people tells the rest what a "scripture" means and expect the remaining people in the group to follow along and usually pay a tithe. While the demands of "following the flock" differ, the basis is the same. Follow what we tell you to do because we say it is right. Now, they say that there is room to interperate but most of the time interperatation that does not dirrectly follow the views of the rest of the congregation (rather, the heads of the congregation) is "frowned upon" or considered falacy. This then means the "offending party" is "taught what is right" depending on religion this may mean that the person is told to repent, it may mean they are chastized, whatever the "lesson" it usually comes with great feelings of guilt. This causes the person questioning their views to want to just "follow the flock."

    If you are talking merely a religious belief structure; This basically means what they have in common is as stated previously about answering questions. Plus it usually means exploring what best fits your personal views and practicing accordingly.

    Personal experience and opinion prefers the latter.

  6. kwade tweeling profile image80
    kwade tweelingposted 14 years ago

    Define religion.

    All religion offers answers to important spiritual questions. They offer some way to define that which we cannot explain. Along that vein, they offer a view of what happens after death.

    If... read more

  7. Bozoplay profile image67
    Bozoplayposted 14 years ago

    They all result in wars over beliefs that they preach which are in conflict with many other beliefs that they also preach. Emotional response seems to overpower logic and you are not worthy if you do not follow their beliefs. Try to explain the concept of religion to someone who has never been exposed to it (like someone form outer space). You will find contradiction after contradiction.

    1. cperuzzi profile image93
      cperuzziposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Name me a Buddhist war.

  8. gusripper profile image41
    gusripperposted 14 years ago

    When they have no answers they get straight to the only and mistakeless power ....GOD knows....

    1. ABCKamran profile image59
      ABCKamranposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Atheists don't have faith in GOD

  9. dabeaner profile image59
    dabeanerposted 14 years ago

    They prey on our fear of death.  Religious leaders count on the stupidity and gullibility of most people in order to control them.

  10. Born Again 05 profile image81
    Born Again 05posted 14 years ago

    Religion is man's way of trying to reach God or earn one's way into Heaven. In that respect, all religions have a common denominator. On the other hand, faith in Jesus Christ Alone and His finished work on the cross is God's way of reaching out to man. Christ paid the penalty for the sins of all men/women when He was crucified, dying in our place. He overcame death for us, so that whosoever believes in Him will overcome death also and spend Eternity with Him in Heaven.

  11. aravindhaksha profile image58
    aravindhakshaposted 14 years ago

    All religions attempt to answer 2 questions...love and God.

  12. Bard of Ely profile image82
    Bard of Elyposted 14 years ago

    They are all control systems offering a system of rewards and punishments for good or bad behaviour. All religions mix in a lot of common sense along with a lot of material that cannot be proved true or false and so commands the faith of the religion's supporters. Religions generally claim to be the word of a god or gods, although Scientology is a new religion and was created by, and all its texts written by, L Ron Hubbard.
    Religions are used not just to control but to divide up people into factions and to create division and war in the name of some god. Ultimately, this would be a control system too because the rulers of the world often use "divide and rule" as one of their methods.
    John Lennon asked us to imagine a world without religion and I am sure such a world would be a lot better than the madness we live in today.

    1. William Robb profile image60
      William Robbposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Good answer religion has caused more suffering and death than any disease infact more than hitler could have dreamed of but none havd been prosecuted for their crimes, take the christians church their wealth has come mostly from suffering.

  13. Quiet Stormn profile image61
    Quiet Stormnposted 14 years ago

    That depends on whether you are talking about the people practicing the religion, or the religion's doctrine itself. 

    I believe that all religions share a portion of the truth, and that all ways lead to the center.  They all carry a certain set of rules to follow, with consequences to pay if they are not carried out.  They also all try to explain life after death, why we exist, and what human's purpose is here on earth. They all inherently are trying to explain their side of the elephant, metaphorically. 

    If you are talking about commonality among the people involved in these denominations, they all carry the "need to be right".  So many wars on this earth are all because people feel they have to be the sole owners to the truth, and every else must change and bend to it.  This is because of the human ego.  Now, I am not knocking the ego, because it does serve the function of protecting us, however it does interfere a lot more than it should.  It can inhibit and actually twist growth in human's spirituality like an overbearing mother would do to a child.  A lot of these practicing members also use their religions to control and manipulate people to their will using fear tactics and threats.  They will also claim this is to "save you". 

    Honestly I don't need any saving that I didn't ask for!

  14. NenaNena profile image60
    NenaNenaposted 14 years ago

    God lol they all believe in God or some sort of God

    1. M Asif Jameel profile image65
      M Asif Jameelposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, yes Nena

  15. pjk_artist profile image65
    pjk_artistposted 14 years ago

    All religions share one thing in common.  The fact that man has used this religion to control the thoughts and actions of his fellow man.
    All religions share one thing in common.  They all worship a false external God and continue to perpetuate the lies their ancestors created.

    1. Omer123 profile image61
      Omer123posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      what does that mean a false external god ?

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      SimplyIposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Pjk_ artist, I guess you believe you are God. That's why an idea of God besides you seems strange to you! Will you be ever disapointed!

  16. adayatech profile image60
    adayatechposted 14 years ago

    Religious groups differ greatly in their concepts of deity, other beliefs, and practices but it seems there's one thing we can all agree on.

    All of the major world religions and philosophic systems have what is refered to as an "Ethic of Reciprocity". In Christianity and Judaism, it's called "The Golden Rule" and often expressed as "Do onto others as you would wish them do onto you."

    1. William Robb profile image60
      William Robbposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Remember 'christians' are responsible for the crusades the inquisition (much of the church's wealth stems from this as heretics property became church property) and 'witch' trials.  As yet no attempt has been made by the church to repent

  17. M'Lady Grimm profile image61
    M'Lady Grimmposted 14 years ago

    All religions have three things in common:

    1. An influential person with beliefs or perspectives
    which attract a following

    2. A doctrine or method for attaining
    a community whose ideals revolve around #1

    3, A perfected society or condition to be attained by
    practicing item #2

    In addition to traditional religions,
    Veganism, Atheism, Humanism, Darwinism and Homosexuality likewise share these three conditions.

  18. Ruchira profile image67
    Ruchiraposted 14 years ago

    All religions are common in regards to having Faith in the Almighty.

  19. Hugh Williamson profile image78
    Hugh Williamsonposted 14 years ago

    Religions usually claim to possess a spiritual truth that no one else has. Unfortunately, this leads to their believing they are special or "chosen" in some way, and so nonbelievers are inferior. War and genocide in God's name is sometimes the sad result.

    God probably has a healthy ego and I doubt that he gets all tingly about people grovelling and chanting about how great he is.

    Religions are all human social institutions and if they realize this and forget the dogma and mind control they can actually be beneficial in my opinion. Some modern churches are attempting to do just that.

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    subwaysadieposted 13 years ago

    A following of people. A dependence on them by those followers. Lack of Faith.

  21. Cagsil profile image73
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    Religion is based on contradictions and life isn't that complicated. You cannot add substance to something that has no substance.

  22. Lee Boolean profile image61
    Lee Booleanposted 13 years ago

    They are all "the only truth" and "the only way" and "the holy path"

    1. cperuzzi profile image93
      cperuzziposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Nope. Buddhism has been mixed with Christianity, Shintoism, and Atheism.

  23. Judah's Daughter profile image78
    Judah's Daughterposted 13 years ago

    All religions have a god (even man's thought or science is a "god", if all other gods are out of the equation).  "Religion" is really a set of actions that assure one's acceptance by that god.  If one were to assemble small groups from each and every "religion" on the face of the earth, and each one were to "pray" to their "god", the God who answers would most likely convince all others that He is real and the others are not.  Personally, religion and relationship are different.  I can choose to follow a dead guy's "religion", or have a relationship with the living God.  To those who don't know the living God, it will appear as just another dead "religion" to them, and that's understandable.

    1. celafoe profile image54
      celafoeposted 9 years agoin reply to this


    2. lostohanababy profile image56
      lostohanababyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      We're on the same page.  I agree!  Most al Communities, believe in whatever their interpretation may be "GOD".  Sorry, I wasn't more clear on what I meant to say.  Just making a comment , not a judgement!

  24. HOOWANTSTONO profile image60
    HOOWANTSTONOposted 13 years ago

    All religions have False gods and False doctrines offering false hope and offer no Grace. Their gods have done nothing for them, neither can they.

    1. Lindsey Nobles profile image59
      Lindsey Noblesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      hehe is that why you have a photo of a white horse as your avi? smile

      I totally agree with you.

  25. topgunjager profile image60
    topgunjagerposted 13 years ago

    The true reason for any religion to exist is because they all want power=)

    1. Sammam profile image39
      Sammamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      There is Only 1 God

    2. profile image51
      thetruthishere101posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      There are over 10,000 recognized religions on the face of the earth. Each group claiming that their religion is the way to salvation and the other 9,999 religions are manmade lies. Each person prays to a different God and hopes that their God is list

  26. Shealy Healy profile image59
    Shealy Healyposted 13 years ago

    The believer. All  religions have the one human being who follows and believes the creed. Without that one believer that one religion does not exist.

  27. Messenger_of_god8 profile image60
    Messenger_of_god8posted 13 years ago

    it doesn't matter what anyone believes as long as your god teaches you to live a positive lifestyle   ++

  28. profile image0
    Denno66posted 13 years ago

    People. Every religion has that one common denominator.

    1. Stella Kaye profile image83
      Stella Kayeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I believe it's the golden rule which even the non religious can abide by for the common good.


  29. profile image51
    Lingsrobinposted 13 years ago

    1) Every religion in the world, even the native and nature religions have in common that ut is teached to treat "your next" as if it would be you. The Korean for example says you should treat another follower of ALLAH as if it would be yourself or the buddhist say you should feel everyone else is like yourself. Most famous for "western people" it is by Christian Religion. Jesus said you should treat your next as if it would be yourself and this is already in the old testament, means that e.g. jews follow this "law" as well. This is because human couldn't live in a sociarty without treating other people as if it would be you.

    Not every religion has a God such as the Atheism is a religion in many peoples opinion and Konfuzianisms has for example no God too.

    2) But also every religion has believers.

    1. William Robb profile image60
      William Robbposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Well put apart from the atheism absence of religion cannot be religion.
      True atheists just realise with modern science theres no need for religion, the bible got the entire creation myth wrong, everything in the wrong order, not to mention the rest

  30. peteradepetun profile image56
    peteradepetunposted 13 years ago

    The golden rule. Religion is born out of the need for positivity ; a clear expression of moral law and ethics: treat others as you would like to be treated.

  31. cuts73 profile image60
    cuts73posted 13 years ago

    The desire to control within and strongly influence without.

  32. Somesh Dutt profile image59
    Somesh Duttposted 13 years ago

    In one word if I would like to sum it up, it would definitely be....

  33. rajeshghodke profile image59
    rajeshghodkeposted 13 years ago

    They all tell about a way to lead a life as humans.

  34. shrek619 profile image60
    shrek619posted 13 years ago

    they are supposed to preach ideas for common good which is the outcome of every individual's, on earth, inner peace.

  35. profile image50
    Diana Blissposted 13 years ago

    What all religions have in common is that they all come from the same source, God.  Every so often He has sent His messenger with teachings so that we can become better human beings.  Each of His messengers is like a school teacher, the oldest are like the early grades and as they progress, their teachings become more sophisticated.  If we look at Abraham, Krishna, Noah, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab, and Baha'u'llah as the nine we know of, Their spiritual teachings are all the same.  As each of them lived, spoke, and wrote; They taught humans how to live, who their source was, and that we have a covenant with God to which we are all cosigners.  Their social teachings (marriage, divorce, etc) change according to the needs of the times in which they lived.  This is so that we can find our way back to our Creator.  If we go directly to the source (read the sacred texts of these religions) we will see their commonalities and that above all else, we have choice.  We can choose to believe and obey God's teachings or choose not to.

    1. profile image57
      Roshaunda11posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      So wisely said true indeed

  36. matt6v33 profile image61
    matt6v33posted 13 years ago

    They foolishly choose to "Add To" and "Take Away" From The Word of God! Kinda like a child in a candy store.. For the child gets to pick and choose, its favorites. As Does Foolish Man, with His Written Word to Them!  How sad!

  37. DurgaMa profile image61
    DurgaMaposted 13 years ago

    All religions have two things in common:

    1. All religions have a belief system (whether they admit it or not). In other words, every member of a religion agrees on having the same basic fixed ideas.

    2. All religions have Truth at the core (regardless of how different each one is from the other).

    http://durgama.com and http://learneasymeditation.com

  38. Mikel G Roberts profile image65
    Mikel G Robertsposted 13 years ago

    GREAT QUESTION! The thing ALL religions have in common is people. People looking for answers. People looking for a connection to something greater than themselves. People looking for comfort, companionship, hope, love, and a place to belong. People looking for understanding, in both senses of the word, understanding of the universe and other people that understand them.

    People are the common facter in every religion.

  39. Potentialinlove profile image61
    Potentialinloveposted 13 years ago

    Religion creates separation.  It is the antithesis to unity.  It only points to where we want to go...we have to go beyond religious doctrine into understanding that there are laws that guide the universe.  Beyond our ego's and our self-rightous indignation.  Beyond the judgment religion creates.  It isn't our job to judge, we have so much work to do on ourselves.  Turn judgment on yourself, do acts of sharing and the light will take care of you.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      WELL said and put!

  40. terced ojos profile image60
    terced ojosposted 13 years ago

    All religions have in common that they are generally on a journey to understand the spiritual side of humanity. These journeys usually end up being codified into some workable form through writings; which give rise to practices called religions.  All cultures have tried at length to understand their spiritual perception of themselves their planet and now their universe.

  41. RNMSN profile image59
    RNMSNposted 13 years ago

    religion...all 41 previous answers (including the one deleted due to bad content) are all very good answers for this question

    lets jdont forget that religion is made by man...the higher power didnt create religion....we did...to my dismay and many other dead persons of whatever 'religion' they may have chosen

    spirituality has nothing to do with religion of any sort...

  42. profile image0
    Tom Maitlandposted 13 years ago

    Simple answer. They are all collective. One cannot have a religion by himself with only himself. That's the underlying fundamental of a 'religion', and the primary thing they have in common. Not all religions have 'gods' or even common beliefs within the religion (eg. New Age). They are not all institutionalised, and they are not always centred around answers as some are focused on process. Nor are they control systems, as non-institutionalised religious variations such as those observed in the Romantic and neo-Romantic eras focus on the individual freedom, although they still remain a collective thing.

    Crazy philosophy stuff!

    1. WiccanSage profile image90
      WiccanSageposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Totally agree.

  43. magx01 profile image59
    magx01posted 13 years ago

    They all claim the rights to morality, and they are all wrong.

    They provide quick and easy answers to the big question, or at least pathways to attain those answers, and they do not deliver.

  44. Naturalreflection profile image61
    Naturalreflectionposted 13 years ago

    All religions are collective interpretations of our common need for a spiritual side in our mind-body perception of reality.

  45. Goodpal profile image80
    Goodpalposted 13 years ago

    Every religion asks you to be a good, ethical and moral person. By corollary, it translates into "love yourself and love everyone else". The language and style may be different but this is the basic message.

    1. Robert the Bruce profile image61
      Robert the Bruceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Have you heard of Islam!? Those who are faithful to the Koran kill people. How's that for good and ethical?

    2. Oztinato profile image76
      Oztinatoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You are talking about a few crazies and labelling an entire religion. That could be seen as extremely bigoted.
      Its the same as saying "all Scots are stingy". Ie Nonsense.

    3. Robert the Bruce profile image61
      Robert the Bruceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Up to 300 million crazies is not just "a few." Plus, I don't really care how you see me. The facts are the facts.

    4. Oztinato profile image76
      Oztinatoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      300 million! Thats bigotry. Wee Robbie ye proved my point lad.

    5. Robert the Bruce profile image61
      Robert the Bruceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I know you're not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but 300 million out of 1 billion is not A FEW crazies. In fact those who truly follow Islam will be violent. Islam itself is a threat to humanity. Islam equals conquest.

    6. Oztinato profile image76
      Oztinatoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Wee Robbie, I'd like to see your sharp statistics on that figure. Sounds like its a figure you believe to be true.......

  46. profile image0
    gulnazahmadposted 13 years ago

    Love for everything living or non-living in life.

    Peace, equality, no-violence, the ideas about good and bad are other things common in all religion but still, these things are also based on love.

    1. M Asif Jameel profile image65
      M Asif Jameelposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Gulnaz, You explained really well

    2. profile image59
      SimplyIposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      No, there are religions that hate and kill. Where is the love it that?

  47. Bikash jha profile image61
    Bikash jhaposted 13 years ago

    well all religion was started to make human life better and spiritual but it ended in a way where now all religion are reason are source of hatred, impurity,rape (as it try to name sex sin and controll a natural thing like this),sexism,racism and wars.
    which is completly human fault for misunderstanding it.

  48. sjames4444 profile image61
    sjames4444posted 13 years ago

    There is something bigger than ourselves that we cannot control.

  49. profile image0
    iamqweenbeeposted 13 years ago

    I hope all religions have God in common and praying to God

  50. profile image0
    Always Greenerposted 13 years ago

    Religions are all the worlds oldest corporations


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