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Having understood briefly the Major religions of the world, one can summarize the common features of all the religions into External Unity and Internal Unity.

THE COMMON FEATURES

EXTERNAL UNITY:

  1. All the religions were founded between 7th century BC and 7th century AD with the exception of Hinduism.
  2. All the religions were born in Asia.
  3. All the religions had one particular founder (Prophet) except Hinduism, Christianity by Jesus Christ, Buddhism by Buddha, Islam by Prophet Mohammed, Zoroastrianism by Zoroaster.
  4. All the religions have one particular Holy Book, with the exception of Hinduism. Bible of Christianity, Koran of Islam, Zoroastrianism of Avesta, Dharmaphadda of Buddhism.
  5. All religions have their holy places of pilgrimage.
  6. All the religions have certain holy and sacred days to be celebrated by way of fasting, to be spent in spiritual practices.
  7. Prayer and worship are basic to all religions.

INTERNAL UNITY:

  1. All religions believe in God.
  2. All religions believe in the three-fold function of God, viz., Creation, Protection and Destruction.
  3. All religions believe in the principle of soul of spirit.
  4. All religions emphasize the necessity and value of sacrifice.
  5. All religions believe in three worlds Earth Heaven and Hell.
  6. All religions believe in the equality of man.
  7. All religions emphasize the supreme value and efficacy of prayer.
  8. All religions lay the same emphasis and stress on the necessity of ethical life.
  9. The aim and goal of all religions is to make man perfect.

All religions believe in the principle of the Brotherhood of man and the Fatherhood of God

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