· It has been said that ‘One religion read is all religions understood’, which basically indicates that every religion has a common thread going through it that carries forward several messages that bind us all together to certain beliefs upon which we have based our societal norms and value system. Apart from the upheavals in the history because of the misinterpretation of the messages from a particular religion has not deterred the universal messages from reaching to those who have faith.
The below mentioned list of common beliefs in all religions has been compiled with complete sensitivity towards the texts and the sentiments of people because of the chances of misinterpretation due to certain phrases written in certain manner or language that might get misunderstood.
· Gods Do Exist In Human Form – in the ancient religions from the polytheistic traditions, this was a common belief that gods and goddesses could come to earth in the form of humans to finish off evil. Followers of Hinduism believe this the most as the concept of Avatar (manifestations) is an integral part of the Hindu mythology. In other religions, their founders are considered manifestations of gods. For example, Jesus, Gautam Buddha and Zoroaster.
· The World Of Spirits – spirits are an integral part of the mystical and haunting facet of each religion. It is believed that each spirit has the capacity to interact with human beings from time to time. In Christianity, the devil is mentioned as the evil spirit and the people from his world are addressed as demons. From demonic possession to spirits haunting a scene where someone had died unnaturally are beliefs which are widely acknowledged among every religion.
· Reincarnation – the basic concept of this belief says that the spirit will leave the body at death, only to enter some other body but in a completely new life time. This belief is related to Karma which basically means, actions that are performed in one life will affect one’s existence in next life form. This cycle of reincarnation can only be broken by experiencing enlightenment or Nirvana. Gnosticism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism follow this belief.
· Sacred scriptures & texts – considered an important part of all religions, these texts are thought to be the writings that have been passed on by god and his messengers to the followers at lot of whom have literally moulded their life styles based on the principles and teachings mentioned in them. The Vedas and Upanishads In Hinduism, the Hebrew Bible of the Jews and the Quran are some of the examples of the holy texts that are considered the central idea of these religions.
· Mutilation Of the Body – the act of circumcision is one of the most known mutilations among several religions which involves removal of foreskin of the penises of infant males. The act is made in to a ritual in Islam with a basic reason of avoiding any infections and diseases. In some sects of Christianity, the act is carried out with the same reason. Other mutilations include tattooing of religious symbols and pictures to show devotion towards god. Also, self-whipping and infliction of pain through other means so that to experience pain and struggles of gods is also carried out.