Today there are approximately 4,200 active religions. 21 of those being major religions that have a strong following. About 1 billion of our just over 7 billion population, don't believe in religion, or express a belief in a god. The most common religion is Christianity with a backing of about 2 billion people or 33% of the world population. Islam comes in a distant second with 1.2 billion people. If you're from India, you probably express your belief in Hinduism, as do 811 million others. Chinese folk religion has 385 million believers. The fifth most popular religion is Buddism, although true Buddhists don't believe it's a religion at all. Non-believers who don't follow any religion, sometimes express strong concerns of how close in comparison most religions are to cults. Many think it's a dangerous way to think and believe, most religions tend to focus to much on the afterlife and not on life in the now. If people spent more time focusing on the now, and less on the Utopian place religion tells us we go when we pass; could it be possible to create that Utopian society here? You may believe it's silly to think that all of this was created by just one god, maybe it's way too complicated of a thing for one entity to handle. A lot of stories expressed in the holy bible seem impossible, many are less believable than most stories Walt Disney wrote. Some believe, the bible is based on psychedelics, and how the use of them can help advance us as a species. Take the book written by John M. Allegro called "The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross" for example, he was one of only 10 people who's job it was to decrypt the dead sea scrolls. John was the only person involved who wasn't a part of any church and with no religious background. His findings were full of Magic Mushrooms. According to him, what was expressed was a lot of psychedelic use hidden within the stories. Some researchers now believe that the burning bush Moses was talking to God through, was the acacia bush, which is the most popular tree in Jerusalem, with the highest amounts of dimethyltryptamine (DMT). DMT is the most potent psychedelic known to man. When you look at the story of Moses, and how God talked and gave him the Ten Commandments through this burning bush; it does start to become more believable if you consider he was just really high on DMT. With so many religions out there, which one to choose? You may consider one of these...
We all probably know or have heard of this radical religion by now. Especially thanks to members like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and the late Isaac Hayes to name a few. The Church of Scientology is a following created by L Ron Hubbard (Elron) in 1952 as an outgrowth of his earlier self-help system called Dianetics. Once you're in, you can climb the ladder of The Church of Scientology, onto higher levels of initiation (OT levels). Mystical teachings are imparted that may be harmful to unprepared readers. The teachings that lead to these higher levels are kept secret from members who have not yet reached that far. In the OT levels, Hubbard explains how to reverse the effects of past-life trauma patterns that supposedly extend millions of years into the past. Among these advanced teachings is the story of Xenu, introduced as an alien ruler of the “Galactic Confederacy.” According to Hubbard, 75 million years ago, Xenu brought billions of people to Earth in a spacecraft resembling Douglas DC-8 airliners, stacked them around volcanoes and detonated hydrogen bombs into these volcanoes.
9 The Creativity Movement
Founded in Lighthouse point Florida in 1973, The Creativity Movement (formerly known as the World Church Of The Creator), is a white separatist organization that hugely promotes a racist whites-only religion. Despite the former use of the word Church in its name, the movement is atheist. The use of the term creator does not refer to a figure, but rather to themselves (white people,) as explained by the following's creator, Ben Klassen. After Klassen’s death in 1993, Creativity almost died out as a religion, until the New Church of the Creator was established three years later by Matthew F. Hale as its high priest. Hale was incarcerated in January 2003, for plotting with the movement’s head of security, Anthony Evola (an FBI informant), to murder a federal judge. Who knew racism and religion wouldn't work well together in the 21st Century?
8 The Church Of All Worlds
The Church of All Worlds is a religion founded by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and his wife Morning Glory, in 1962. The religion quickly evolved from a group of friends and lovers who were in part inspired by a fictional religion of the same name in the science fiction novel, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein; the church’s mythology includes science fiction to this day. Many of their ritual celebrations are centered on the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece. They recognize “Gaea,” the Earth Mother Goddess and the Father God, as well as the realm of Faeries and the deities of many other pantheons. Following the tradition of using fiction as a basis for his ideas, Zell-Ravenheart recently founded The Grey School of Wizardry inspired in part by Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the school in the Harry Potter novels.
7 The Universe People
Universe people, or also referred to as Cosmic people of light powers, is a Czech religious movement centered around Ivo A. Benda. Their belief system is based upon the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations communicating with Benda, and other “contacters” since October 1997, telepathically, and later even by direct personal contact. According to Benda those civilizations operate a fleet of spaceships, led by Ashtar Sheran, that orbit the Earth. The Universe People’s teachings incorporate various elements of ufology. Cosmic people closely help and keep a keen eye only on the good, and are waiting to transport their followers into another dimension.
6 The Temple Of Psychick Youth
Obviously, they forgot the use of spell check in this religion. The Temple of Psychick Youth (TOPY) was founded in 1981 by members of Current 93, Psychic TV, Coil, and a number of other individuals. This evolving network is a loosely federated group of people operating as a unique blend of artistic practitioners of magic. TOPY is dedicated to the manifestation of the worship of gods, and the magical concepts lacking mysticism. The groups main focus is on the magical and psychic aspects of the human brain linked with “guiltless sexuality.” Since its existence, TOPY’s research has covered both Left-hand path and Right-hand path magic, also various elements of psychology, art, music, and a variety of other media. Some of the groups more well known influences on the network have been Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare, and Brion Gysin.
5 The Prince Phillip Movement
If you're a fan of the show An Idiot Abroad, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, you may remember one episode where they send their uncomfortable friend, Karl Pilkington to meet these people. The Prince Philip Movement is a cargo cult of the Yaohnanen tribe on the southern island of Tanna in Vanuatu. The exact time they formed this group is unknown, some speculate it was most likely in the 1950's. The Yaohnanen strongly believe that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the consort to Queen Elizabeth II, is a divine being, the son of a mountain spirit. According to ancient tales the son travelled overseas to a distant land, married a powerful lady and would in time return. Their beliefs were strengthened by the royal couple’s official visit to Vanuatu in 1974, when a few villagers had the opportunity to observe the prince from afar.
4 Nation Of Yahweh
This movement was founded in 1979, in Miami by Hulon Mitchell Jr., he who by the name Yahweh Ben Yahweh. Nation of Yahweh is a predominantly African-American religious group, and is closely related to the Black Hebrew Israelites line of thought. Their goal is to return African Americans, whom they see as the original Israelites, to Israel. The group departs from mainstream Christianity and Judaism by accepting Yahweh Ben Yahweh as the Son of God. The group has encountered lots of controversy, due to legal issues of its founder and has also faced accusations of being a black supremacist cult, by the Southern Poverty Law Center and The Miami Herald. Many have criticized the beliefs of the Nation of Yahweh as racist, stating that the group believed blacks are “the true Jews” and that whites are “white devils.”
Nuwaubianism is an umbrella term used to refer to the doctrines and teachings of the followers of Dwight York. York developed Nuwaubianism by using a wide range of sources, which include; Freemasonry, the Shriners, the Moorish Science Temple of America, the revisionist Christianity & Islam and the Qadiani cult of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the numerology of Rashad Khalifa, and the ancient astronaut theories of Zecharia Sitchin. It originated as a Black Muslim group in New York in the 1970s, and has gone through many changes since. White people are said in one Nuwaubian myth to originally have been created as a race of killers to serve blacks as a slave army. York is now in prison after having been convicted on money laundering and child molestation charges, but Nuwaubianism continues...
2 The Church Of SubGenius
This church was created in the 1950's by the "worlds greatest salesman" J.R."Bob" Dobbs. The Church of the SubGenius is a parody religion that promotes slack, satirizes religion, conspiracy theories, UFOs, and popular culture. The church started with the publication of SubGenius Pamphlet #1 in 1979. It found acceptance in underground pop-culture circles and has been in the underground music scene, on college campuses and on the Internet. Some famous people support the group, such as Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman), he's a SubGenius minister. Probably the most important SubGenius event occurred on July 5, 1998: X-Day. The Church had been predicting that on this day the world would be destroyed by invading alien armies known as the X-ists (which is short for “Men from Planet X”). When the event didn't occur, the church administrator who predicted it was tarred and feathered – but was allowed to continue on as administrator.
1 1.The Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster
Created in January 2005 by Bobby Henderson, back then a 24-year-old Oregon State University physics graduate. He started the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) due to his opposition of the teachings of intelligent design in biology classes. Henderson, describing himself as a "concerned citizen" representing more than ten million others, argued that intelligent design and his belief "the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster" were equally valid. In his letter, published May 2005, he noted, "With millions, if not thousands, of devout worshippers, the Church of the FSM is widely considered a legitimate religion, even by its opponents – mostly fundamentalist Christians, who have accepted that our God has larger balls than theirs." The only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma. That is, there are no strict rules and regulations, there are no rituals and prayers and other nonsense. Every member has a say in what this church is and what it becomes.