is the adherence to codified beliefs
that generally involve a faith
in a spiritual nature
and a study of inherited
related to understanding
. The term "religion"
refers to both the personal practices related to faith as well as
to the larger shared systems of belief.
In the larger sense, religion is a communal system for the
coherence of belief—typically focused on a system of thought,
unseen being, person, or object, that is considered to be supernatural, sacred, divine, or of the highest truth. Moral codes, practices, values,
institutions, traditions, and rituals are often traditionally
associated with the core belief, and these may have some overlap
with concepts in secular philosophy. Religion can also be described
as a way of life.
The development of religion has
taken many forms in various cultures. "Organized religion"
generally refers to an organization of people supporting the
exercise of some religion with a prescribed set of beliefs, often
taking the form of a legal entity (see
organization). Other religions believe in personal revelation
and responsibility. "Religion" is sometimes used interchangeably
with "faith" or "belief system," but
is more socially defined than that of personal convictions.
The seven deadly sins
known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, are a classification
of vices used in early Christian
teachings to educate and protect
followers from (immoral
fallen man's tendency to sin
. The Roman Catholic Church
into two types: venial (forgiven
through any sacramental
) and capital
(meaning they kill the life of grace and risk eternal damnation
in the sacrament of confession
, or taken away by a perfect contrition
). Beginning in
the early 14th century, the popularity of the seven deadly sins
with artists of the time ingrained them in human culture around the
Listed in the same order used by both Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th Century
AD and Dante
Alighieri, the seven deadly sins are as follows: luxuria (extravagance, later lust), gula (gluttony), avaritia (avarice/greed), acedia (sloth), ira (wrath), invidia (envy), and superbia (pride/hubris). Each deadly sin is opposed by one of
the corresponding Seven Holy Virtues.
ப்ரம்மம் ) is the concept of the Godhead found in Hinduism. Brahman is the unchanging, infinite,
immanent, and transcendent reality which is the Divine
Ground of all things in this universe. Though its nature is
transpersonal it is sometimes considered anthropomorphically as
Isvara, the Supreme Lord. In the Rig Veda,
Brahman gives rise to the primordial being Hiranyagarbha that is equated with the
creator God Brahmā. The trimurti can thus be considered a
personification of hiranyagarbha as the active principle behind the
phenomena of the universe. The seers who inspired the composition
of the Upanisads asserted that the liberated soul
realized his identity with Brahman as his true self (see Atman).
- ...that the Qur'an is believed by Muslims and
traditional Islamic scholars to have remained unchanged since its
The Ten Commandments
"Decalogue", are a list of religious and moral imperatives which,
according to the Hebrew Bible
, were written by God
and given to Moses
on Mount Sinai
in the form of two
stone tablets. They feature prominently in Judaism
The phrase "Ten Commandments" generally refers to the broadly
identical passages in Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.
Hebrew language, the commandments are termed עשרת הדברים (translit. Aseret ha-Dvarîm) and
Hebrew עשרת הדברות (translit. Aseret ha-Dibrot),
both translatable as "the ten statements." The name "Decalogue" is
derived from the Greek name δεκάλογος or "dekalogos"
("ten statements") found in the Septuagint (Exodus 34:28, Deuteronomy 10:4),
which is the Greek translation of the Hebrew name.
According to Biblical text,
the commandments represent the utterances of God on Mount
Sinai. God inscribed them into "tables of stone",
also referred to as "tables of testimony" or "tables of the
covenant", which he gave to Moses. Moses then gave them to the
people of Israel in the third month after their Exodus from
Egypt. Israel's receipt of the commandments occurred on the third
day of preparations at the foot of the mount.