Religion is a set of beliefs that a person has. They normally believe in a higher being and they are a set of values that a person believes in. Many people are familiar with the popular religions like Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. However, there are many other religions around the world that are practiced.
These are often considered rare religions because they are not as well known as other religions. One example of that is Satanism. This religion believes that Satan is the most high. One of the practices they are known for is sacrificing people in the name of Satan.
M. Porter, Senior Executive, Master of Art, San Jose
Answered Aug 13, 2020
Worshippers of Satan can be categorized as spiritual, but it is a dark evil type of spirituality. The public practice began in 1966 with the establishment of the church of Satan, and they were said to have “sacrificed” people in Satan’s honor.
There is also a church that promotes human euthanasia as a way to control the population. Rastafarianism is a religion and a movement against oppression. Bob Marley, for example, was a Rastafarian, which is a Christian influenced religion, except they believe in smoking marijuana and that Africa is God’s land. Many of his songs seem to be coming from a place of some spirituality.
One particularly disturbing religion is called The Body of Christ, which is a total and faithful surrendering to God’s will. In 2002, the pastor of the Body of Christ Church was charged with murder for starving his child to death. He said he was waiting for a sign from God to feed the baby.
E. Barnes, Professional Gamer, Professional Gamer, Washington
Answered Mar 31, 2020
There are many rare religions in the world. Religious scholars count that there are over 4,000 known religions, but there could be thousands more that are not even recognized or acknowledged. One rare religion is Jainism.
This religion is based on five truths, which include being truthful, practicing celibacy, not stealing, not committing acts of violence, and not possessing anything that is illegal. Another rare religion is Zoroastrianism. They believe in the god Ahura Mazda and believe that he will come back to Earth to claim his followers, which is a similar thought to those that follow the religion Christianity.
Charlie Rogers, Manager, Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), Lexington, Kentucky
Answered Mar 19, 2020
Whenever people are asked to give the total number of the existing religions being practiced in the world, 4000+ is usually given as the answer. While this is true, at least based on the little information available on the internet, there are thousands of others that can be regarded as religious organizations, but the problem is that they are very rare.
Also, contrary to the belief that major religions like Christianity and Islam are surging in popularity because they are two oldest religions, there are other oldest religions that are not that popular; in fact, their entire population is not up to 5 million.
For instance, Jainism is one of the oldest religions founded before the tenth century. Jainism is mostly practiced in India, and it has a total population of about four million people. Jainism is known for its teachings against violence, stealing, etc. Other core parts of its beliefs are truth, non-possession, and celibacy. Other rarest religions are Wicca, Raëlism, Discordianism, etc.