One World Religion? One World Order? Hardly! There are 730 major religions in the world. Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism comprise the greatest numbers of followers. The following is a population distribution according to religions by adherents.com:
Christianity: 2.1 billion
Islam: 1.5 billion
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion
Hinduism: 900 million
traditional religion: 394 million
Buddhism: 376 million
primal-indigenous: 300 million
Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
Sikhism: 23 million
Juche: 19 million
Spiritism: 15 million
Judaism: 14 million
Baha’i: 7 million
Jainism: 4.2 million
Shinto: 4 million
Dai: 4 million
Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
Tenrikyo: 2 million
Neo-Paganism: 1 million
Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
Scientology: 500 thousand
Each of these religions has many divisions. For instance there are approximately 38,000 Christian churches.
As you may have noticed in the preceding list there were 1.1 billion people who have no belief. Even these people may believe in something. Maybe they believe in their fellow man. Perhaps they believe in themselves. That in itself is its own religion.
Dr. William Ernest Hocking, a professor at Harvard in the Philosophy department believes we should all come beneath the umbrella of one universal Religion. That’s like saying we should have prayer back in schools. Who’s going to say the prayer? I don’t know about you, but there are some leaders of churches that I really wouldn’t want leading my kids in some sort of a chant.
In times past there was talk of an ecumenical movement amongst the Christian churches of the world. Because of this the World Council of Churches was started. Today it is a fellowship of nearly 350 churches. Over 150 of these churches are actual members of this organization.
However, the proposal that all these churches can just come together and harmonize is just not happening. In some ways it reminds one of the ‘melting pot’ ideology here in the U.S. Through the years many thought Americans would mingle. And to some extent we do. But we are a multicultural society. Each entity in our country still maintains much of its culture. You can still find restaurants that serve food just like it is prepared in some foreign country. Customs handed down have not changed.
Our society has not blended. Our religions have not blended. One religion for everyone? I believe we shall have to wait until we are in Heaven. There and only there shall we all belong to one fold.