What is the oldest religion on the ea...

What is the oldest religion on the earth?

Created by John Hansley Marten on Jun 8, 2008

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Muslim

Hinduism

Since: May 07

Lone Jack, MO

#22 Jun 13, 2008
MAC1 wrote:
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Notice I said Islam. If you're using the word "Muslim" to represent universality as far as those who believe in God, forget about it. Bad choice! The word "Muslim" is defined as someone who follows Allah, which is the god of Islam only. Again, Islam was not before Christianity.
If I understand Islam correctly, they believe in the one living God, the God of Abraham
Writing in Paradise

Honolulu, HI

#23 Jun 13, 2008
MAC1 wrote:
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Notice I said Islam. If you're using the word "Muslim" to represent universality as far as those who believe in God, forget about it. Bad choice! The word "Muslim" is defined as someone who follows Allah, which is the god of Islam only. Again, Islam was not before Christianity.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam all follow the same deity: the god of Abraham. That's why they're called the Abrahamic Religions by scholars.
Scooter-girl

United States

#24 Jun 13, 2008
Writing in Paradise wrote:
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Judaism, Christianity and Islam all follow the same deity: the god of Abraham. That's why they're called the Abrahamic Religions by scholars.
The term "Abrahamic Religion" is a relatively new term, and the concept was coined in the 18th century:

"Abrahamic religions is a term of Islamic origin.[1][2] The view of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as three traditions with a single origin also has a tradition in the West, beginning with Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's Nathan the Wise (1779). The English expression "Abrahamic religions" arose in the 20th century, in ca. the 1960s (e.g. James Kritzeck, Sons of Abraham, 1965)."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrahamic_religi...

If one does some searching into the non-doctrinal (or even some doctrinal)origins of Islam you may actually discover that it's an incorrect term, even if some people (Muslims especially) think that's the case.

Anyway, it's a bit off topic but I thought I'd mention it.
Scooter-girl

United States

#25 Jun 13, 2008
Oh, and in terms of the "first religion" I wouldn't consider the two choices even close.

Animism was probably the first organized religion, followed up by some sort of ritual polytheism. After all, why was Abraham "set apart" to recognize the Supreme God if his neighbors were already doing that?

zazenmind

Since: Sep 07

tampa

#26 Jun 13, 2008
This is just another subject, that man has no proof, just like the belief in god, has no evidence, and must be accepted by faith, which means, beliefs, by default or cultural pride and conditioning, out of tradition...But their is no evidence of the first man made religion, because, the first man made religion, was spread through oral tradition...THE ONLY REAL RELIGION, IS THE STUDY OF EXISTENCE AND ITS NATURAL LAWS AND PRINCIPLE.... MANS RELIGION, IS POLUTED IN THE FOG OF MYTHS, SUPERSTITIONS AND FEAR...Natural science has provided humanity, with the only real resource of self knowledge, while, traditional religion, has humanity under the fog of ignorance, fear and violence for expanding the power of the authorities, the one whispering hate and lies, in the ears of the men and women, the religious hypocrits, claim their god calls sheep...WAKE UP..

“Good luck with that”

Since: Dec 07

Eden Praire

#27 Jun 13, 2008
Chef wrote:
We are all born atheists.
I think Agnostic would be a better description.

“Good luck with that”

Since: Dec 07

Eden Praire

#28 Jun 13, 2008
Scooter-girl wrote:
Oh, and in terms of the "first religion" I wouldn't consider the two choices even close.
Animism was probably the first organized religion, followed up by some sort of ritual polytheism. After all, why was Abraham "set apart" to recognize the Supreme God if his neighbors were already doing that?
Of course, Noah lived long before Abraham, so Abraham wouldn't be the first with those beliefs.
Scooter-girl

United States

#29 Jun 13, 2008
bryts wrote:
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Of course, Noah lived long before Abraham, so Abraham wouldn't be the first with those beliefs.
Good point there, but also Noah's "religion" wasn't organized (I don't think), and the story is told in retrospect. I'm coming at it from an "organized religion" aspect.

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Since: Dec 07

Eden Praire

#30 Jun 13, 2008
Scooter-girl wrote:
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Good point there, but also Noah's "religion" wasn't organized (I don't think), and the story is told in retrospect. I'm coming at it from an "organized religion" aspect.
I almost qualified my stmt to that effect. I'm glad you did.
Drake

AOL

#31 Jun 13, 2008
Atheist wrote:
Infact Jesus was a pagan not a christian or a jew.
Historians usually refer to Jesus as "Hellenic Jew", that is a Jew influenced by Greek culture. I suppose one could refer to the Greek influence on him as being a "Pagan" influence.

Since: Jan 08

Croydon, PA

#33 Jun 13, 2008
Writing in Paradise wrote:
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Judaism, Christianity and Islam all follow the same deity: the god of Abraham. That's why they're called the Abrahamic Religions by scholars.
Christians make it clear that Allah is not God of the Bible. Scholars can say what they want but Christians who recognize that Quranic teachings and claims are diametrically opposed to the scriptural teachings of the Bible (both Hebrew Bible and New Testament) can only come to one conclusion: Islam is not an Abrahamic religion. It is the musings of a twisted man who clearly misrepresented who he was and that which he spoke was sacrilege against Abraham and the God of the Bible.

Since: Jan 08

Croydon, PA

#34 Jun 13, 2008
Drake wrote:
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Historians usually refer to Jesus as "Hellenic Jew", that is a Jew influenced by Greek culture. I suppose one could refer to the Greek influence on him as being a "Pagan" influence.
What nonsense. Not all so-called "historians" view Jesus as a Hellenic Jew. Please feel free to cite proofs. Jesus had a specific mission which he never once indicated was influenced by Greek culture.
Writing in Paradise

Honolulu, HI

#37 Jun 14, 2008
MAC1 wrote:
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Christians make it clear that Allah is not God of the Bible.
Christians say a lot of things that aren't true.
Writing in Paradise

Honolulu, HI

#38 Jun 14, 2008
MAC1 wrote:
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It is the musings of a twisted man who clearly misrepresented who he was and that which he spoke was sacrilege against Abraham and the God of the Bible.
Sounds like Paul.

Since: Jan 08

Sewell, NJ

#39 Jun 14, 2008
Writing in Paradise wrote:
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Christians say a lot of things that aren't true.
However, only Muslims believe Allah is the God of the Bible. Muslims deceive themselves in more ways than one.

“Good luck with that”

Since: Dec 07

Eden Praire

#40 Jun 15, 2008
Writing in Paradise wrote:
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Christians say a lot of things that aren't true.
As do you.

“Equal Opportunity Heckler”

Since: Jun 08

Saint Paul, MN

#41 Jun 15, 2008
The faith of the wholly-pastorized jug-full is the only true religion.

GOT MILK........GOT SALVATION!
Scooter-girl

Portland, OR

#42 Jun 15, 2008
Cant_abide_a_fool wrote:
The faith of the wholly-pastorized jug-full is the only true religion.
GOT MILK........GOT SALVATION!
I'm lactose intolerant...

1noteasilyfooled

“Fundie SMACKER..”

Since: Mar 08

Sunshine city, St Petersburg

#43 Jun 15, 2008
Scooter-girl wrote:
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I'm lactose intolerant...
according to beyondhyperbole.. your responsible for your own foolishness..

If you believe anything he/she says is truth.

Since: May 07

Odessa, MO

#44 Jun 15, 2008
Scooter-girl wrote:
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I'm lactose intolerant...
They have forgotten we are no longer on the prey to milk thread where we are making "puns" about milk.

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