Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me, "What a long, strange trip it's been"

The future of religion

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Grateful Dead, September 30, 1989 The Wheel
If the thunder don't get you then the lightning will

Religions and Sects

by Richard Grigonis, Thursday, 01 May 2014 7:00 PM, NewsMax

  1. Christianity (General) — 2.04 Billion Followers
    Most of the religious Western World (North America, Europe, and Oceania) follows this monotheistic religion based on the Bible. Christian pilgrims carry wooden crosses along the Via Dolorosa during Good Friday in Jerusalem, Israel. Thousands of Christians around the world celebrate Good Friday, which is when Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In Jerusalem, Christian pilgrims take part in processions along the route that Jesus is believed to have taken in his last days as he carried the cross.
  2. Islam (General) — 1.226 Billion Followers
    Islamic pilgrims perform the walk around the Kaaba (Tawaf) at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi Arabian holy city of Mecca. The Kaaba, Islam's most sacred sanctuary and pilgrimage shrine, which stands in the heart of Mecca's Masjid Al-Haram mosque, contains the holy Black Stone believed to be the only piece remaining from an altar built by Abraham. Pilgrims try to touch and kiss the Black Stone and the door of the Kaaba. “Islam” literally means “submission to God” and the Quran is its holy book. Islam is most often practiced in the Middle East, Northern Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, Western Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Malay Archipelago with concentrations of worshipers in Eastern Africa, the Balkan Peninsula, Russia, and China.
  3. Catholicism — 1.142 Billion Followers
    For some, Catholicism refers to Christians and churches belonging to the Catholic Church in communion with the Holy See, for others it refers to continuity "back to the earliest churches," which is claimed by other churches in mutual disputes over Christian doctrine and practice, such as the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodoxy, the Assyrian Church of the East, the Old Catholic Church, and the Anglican Communion.
  4. Hinduism (General) — 828 Million Followers
    Truth is eternal. Hindus pursue knowledge and understanding of the Truth: the very essence of the universe and the only Reality. According to the Vedas, Truth is One, but the wise express it in a variety of ways. Hindus believe in Brahman as the one true God who is formless, limitless, all-inclusive, and eternal.
  5. Agnosticism — 639 Million Followers
    Agnosticism, (from Greek agnōstos, “unknowable”), strictly speaking, the doctrine that humans cannot know of the existence of anything beyond the phenomena of their experience. The term has come to be equated in popular parlance with skepticism about religious questions in general and in particular with the rejection of traditional Christian beliefs under the impact of modern scientific thought. The word agnosticism was first publicly coined in 1869 at a meeting of the Metaphysical Society in London by T.H. Huxley, a British biologist and champion of the Darwinian theory of evolution. He coined it as a suitable label for his own position. “It came into my head as suggestively antithetical to the ‘Gnostic’ of Church history who professed to know so much about the very things of which I was ignorant.”
  6. Buddhism (General) — 367 Million Followers
    Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development and the attainment of a deep insight into the true nature of life. There are 376 million followers worldwide. Buddhists seek to reach a state of nirvana, following the path of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who went on a quest for Enlightenment around the sixth century BC. There is no belief in a personal god. Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent and that change is always possible. The path to Enlightenment is through the practice and development of morality, meditation and wisdom. Buddhists believe that life is both endless and subject to impermanence, suffering and uncertainty. These states are called the tilakhana, or the three signs of existence. Existence is endless because individuals are reincarnated over and over again, experiencing suffering throughout many lives. It is impermanent because no state, good or bad, lasts forever. Our mistaken belief that things can last is a chief cause of suffering.
  7. Atheism — 150 Million Followers
    Atheism is, in the broadest sense, the absence of belief in the existence of deities. Less broadly, atheism is the rejection of belief that any deities exist. In an even narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities.
  8. Anglicanism — 85.4 Million Followers
    As part of a Christian tradition mostly comprising or tied to the Church of England, Anglicans fully declared their independence from the pope at the time of the Elizabethan Religious Settlement with the Act of Supremacy of 1558.
  9. Sikhism — 23.8 Million Followers
    Sikhism was founded in the 15th Century in Punjab, India, on the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and 10 successive Sikh Gurus (the last one being the sacred text Guru Granth Sahib). The word Sikh derives from the ancient Sanskrit root śiṣya meaning "disciple" or "learner," or śikṣa meaning "instruction."
  10. Seventh-Day Adventists — 16 Million Followers
    Seventh-day Adventists (SDA) are a 150-year old Christian denomination that emphasizes the central role of Jesus Christ as personal savior, high priest for all believers, and judge of all humankind. The denomination has no creed but members typically agree to 29 fundamental beliefs that cover core Christian beliefs as well as beliefs differentiating it from other sects.
  11. Latter Day Saint Movement (Mormonism) — 15 Million Followers
    Mormons are a religious and cultural group related to Mormonism, the principal branch of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity, initiated by Joseph Smith in upstate New York during the 1820s. After Smith's death in 1844, the Mormons followed Brigham Young to what would become the Utah Territory.
  12. Judaism — 14.5 Million Followers
    Judaism stems from the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh, and is contemplated and explained in subsequent texts such as the Talmud. The laws and commandments of God were revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai in the form of both the written and oral Torah. Karaite Judaism, however, believes that only the written Torah was revealed. Moreover, humanistic Judaism and similar humanistic moments may be considered non-theistic.

    Casey Jones - Grateful Dead

Driving that train, high on cocaine,
Casey Jones you better watch your speed
Trouble ahead, trouble behind
And you know that notion just crossed my mind

This old engine makes it on time
Leaves Central Station 'bout a quarter to nine
Hits River Junction at seventeen two
At a quarter to ten you know it's travelin' again

Driving that train, high on cocaine
Casey Jones you better, watch your speed
Trouble ahead, trouble behind
And you know that notion just crossed my mind

Trouble ahead, Lady in red
Take my advice you'd be better off dead
Switchman's sleeping, train hundred and two is
On the wrong track and headed for you

Driving that train, high on cocaine
Casey Jones you better watch your speed
Trouble ahead trouble behind
And you know that notion just crossed my mind

Drive your train, whoo

Trouble with you is the trouble with me
Got two good eyes but you still don't see
Come round the bend, you know it's the end
The fireman screams and the engine just gleams

Driving that train, high on cocaine
Casey Jones you better, watch your speed
Trouble ahead, trouble behind
And you know that notion just crossed my mind

And you know that notion just crossed my mind

Songwriters: Jerome J. Garcia / Robert C. Hunter
Casey Jones lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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