I took the Beliefnet survey and the religion it told me I was closely matched to was, Liberal Christian Protestantism. Since Lutheran is in that group and I am Lutheran, I chose to write on Hinduism since it is a religion that interests and intrigues me. The early origin of Hinduism is subject to debate for a few reasons. Many Hindu traditions can be traced back very far, but there was no ‘Hinduism’ before the modern era. Also, Hinduism is not a single religion, but rather many traditions embraced by Hinduism. Hinduism also has no definite starting point, with no definitive founder. The Hindu traditions go back many thousand years and can be argued that Hindu revelation is eternal. Hinduism isn’t a religion that has derived from the ideas of a leader, but rather just the religion of the people of India and has gradually developed over four thousand years, with no specific date of origin. The term “Hinduism” includes numerous traditions that are closely related and that share common themes, but doesn’t constitute a unified set of beliefs or practices. Hinduism is the oldest surviving world religion. There are roughly 900 million Hindus worldwide. Almost 80 percent of the country of India regards itself as Hindu and 30 more million Hindus live outside of India. Hinduism is the third largest religion after Christianity and Islam. Hinduism has many gods and includes the main gods, Devi, Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu. Devi is the Divine Female and known as the Mother Goddess. Devi is revered by all and acknowledged as the Divine Female and mother. Brahma is one of the triumvirate of gods that is responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. Vishnu and Shiva are the other 2 gods in this triumvirate. Vishnu is the protector of the world and the restorer of moral order (dharma). He is a peaceful, merciful and compassionate god. Shiva is the god of destruction. His role is to destroy the universe...
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