Religion is a fundamental part of human life; it is a subject of utmost importance that transcends cultural, philosophical, historical and, above all, spiritual barriers.
There are entire families that are devoted to a particular belief, where parents are dedicated to teaching their children and friends about their faith; one of the ways in which they do it is by giving books about what they profess in order to expand such beliefs.
In that sense there are many books on religion that can provide a lot of specific information on the subject, some of them are paid literature, while others are free in PDF format, which can be easily downloaded and read at any time, since you only need a Smartphone or a computer to do so.
Being a topic of vital importance, we are going to consider some important aspects of the different religions that exist today, not without first defining what it means or what a religion is.
Taking into account the intrinsic need of human beings to worship, we can understand that religion is nothing more than the systematic effort that a person makes to reach God through its own forces, for this purpose have been devised roads, works, steps, etc. All with the purpose of having a contact with the Divine Being.
Throughout the history of humanity, many religions have emerged, some of them monotheistic (belief in one God) and others polytheistic (many gods), which are framed in the cultures and way of life of people.
In Christianity, due to certain human influences, branches or other religions have emerged, among which are the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roman Catholicism, Mormons, Unitarian Christians, and the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Such division is due to the diversity of beliefs within themselves, although all of them have as one of their sacred texts the Bible, they also add other particular literatures that they consider “sacred” or of equal authority to the biblical scriptures.
Now, polytheistic beliefs are extremely broad, and give people the “freedom” to worship many gods. Ancient Egypt is one of the most notable examples, they believed in flies, frogs, locusts, the sun, the moon, the calf, and so on. For them, each of these elements represented a deity and had a certain influence on every aspect of people’s lives.
Nowadays, we can notice that countries such as India, Africa, China, and Greece, to name a few, maintain this type of beliefs, where Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Santería, are the most known and practiced religions.
Finally, it should be noted that religion has a great influence on human beings, and many of their customs and ways of expressing themselves are due to these beliefs.
The Bible Books
The Bible is a universal book, it holds the Guinness record as the most printed book of all times, it has been translated into a great number of languages, and there are few families that do not have a bible at home.
It is composed of sixty-six books, divided into two great periods, the Old Testament with the first 39 books and the New Testament with the following 27, where the incursion of the person of Christ in the history of humanity is the division of both periods.
It should be noted that the Bible is the Word of God, so it teaches what is the will of God for humanity, its central theme is the salvation of sinners through faith in Jesus Christ; there are many people who have embraced its truths, and have changed their way of thinking towards God in a radical and sincere way.
2) Adventist Books
Adventism is a religion founded in 1840, which is based on the prophecies of Ellen G. White, its maximum exponent, who through “visions” received messages that she later declared to her followers as divine teaching.
The Adventists are also called Protestant Christians, however they have a particularity or distinction in their teachings with respect to other denominations, which is to keep the Sabbath day, maintaining the Jewish tradition of meeting on Saturdays in the synagogues to learn the Law of God.
They have as dogma the prohibition of sausage and pork, in order to obtain better health, as well as other teachings. At present they are scattered in various parts of the world and meet under the name of Seventh-day Adventist Church.
3) Angels Books
Angels are spiritual beings created by God, who do His will, and serve Him on behalf of believers. They are more powerful than humans, and have a messenger activity that has been recorded several times in the Bible, mostly in the Old Testament.
They are supernatural, they cannot be seen, nor worshipped, since they are creatures made by God. In many Eastern and Western religions, they are seen in different ways, for example in Islam they are seen as rulers of nature, and in Roman Catholicism as guardians or “guardian angels”, who are in the care of a particular person.
Within their sphere there are angelic hierarchies, and among them is also the fallen angel, who is Satan, the adversary of God and enemy of humankind.
4) Catechism Books
The catechism is a doctrinal book that exists in the Catholic religion, it establishes the foundations of this religion, indicating what its ideals about faith are, it also explains in this text the traditions of the church and what is the mode of act according to your morals.
The types of catechisms are: universal, valid for all places; national, for each nation or people, approved by the episcopal conference; local, approved by the bishop for his diocese.
Saint John Paul II approved in 1992 the current Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is presented as a reference text and a safe standard for the teaching of the Church. It is not intended to replace approved local catechisms, and encourages and facilitates the drafting of new ones, as it is for them a model and an example. Benedict XVI approved the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in 2005.
5) Christian Books
Christianity has its origins in the Bible, the followers of Christ were first called Christians to make a distinction between those who believed in the Lord and those who did not. From then on, until our times, every follower of Christ is called a Christian.
The Christian faith lies primarily and solely in the truths revealed in the Word of God, which is the only sacred book in that religion; and in practice or lifestyle, being Christ-like in character is its great distinguishing mark from other religions.
Studying historical Christianity, the Bible, will give a more accurate and profound definition of what Christians really were and are.
6) Demonology Books
The etymological origin of the word demonology is found in the Greek and more exactly in the union of two words. On the one hand, there is daimon which means “genius” or “demon” and on the other hand that would come to be translated as “science”.
Within the field of theology, demonology represents a specialty that is responsible for studying everything related to demonic entities and all their links, focusing on their origins and nature. Likewise, this discipline tries to establish a hierarchy about the different evil beings and their ability to influence humans.
His studies are related to those of angelology, a discipline focused on the study of angels. “Malleus Maleficarum”, by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger, is one of the key works of Western Christian demonology, where they refer to the existence of witchcraft as a central aspect of Catholic beliefs and as a potential harm to believers.
7) Freemasonry Books
Freemasonry is one of the religions with more boom worldwide, is organized in lodges, and its structure is hierarchical, where each member to enter or initiate belongs to the lowest category of all, and must be advancing within the organization.
Masons are intellectual people, who advocate human welfare, their approach is totally philanthropic, and pursue the development of the individual for the welfare of all humanity, which they claim, can be achieved through scientific study, the moral study of things, and self-knowledge.
Masonic communities are usually economically prosperous, this is one of the main reasons for many people to be part of it. It is worth mentioning that many famous personalities belong to this religion.
8) Santeria Books
Santeria is a cult that is part of the Afro-American religions. The beliefs are derived from the fusion of Yoruba West African beliefs with Catholic Christianity. It began to be practiced by black slaves in Cuba, and little by little it spread to the rest of the colonies to which the Yoruba arrived in the Caribbean.
It contains a large number of myths, stories or legends (patakí) that give reason for many of its ceremonies and customs. Although there are more than 400 divinities of which sixteen are actively worshiped, those that form the main base are Obatalá, Ochún, Yemayá, Oyá, Changó and the Warriors that are Elewá, Ogún, Ochosi and Ozún.
This religion is also known as the Rule of Osha-Ifá, the santeros (this is how believers and belonging to this religion are known) believe and worship a unique God, who is responsible for the creation of the universe, is known as Olodumare.
9) Spirituality Books
Spirituality is a heavenly trait, it belongs to God, it is its essence, however, it has been given to men in an aspect of their soul, therefore it is inferred that man is a spiritual being, and for that reason he has the need to connect with a higher being, in this case God himself.
Within many religions, spirituality is viewed subjectively, focusing on the improvement of the person as an integral being, which is why it has been taken as a metaphysical force, a part of consciousness, or as a philosophical idea.
For many personalities, being spiritual means the intention to experience special states of well-being, to practice the senses of solidarity, empathy, connect with nature, etc.
10) Theology Books
Such knowledge is obtained through the systematic study of the scriptures (The Bible), where it is revealed who God is, his attributes, his character, his will, etc. In other religions, theology varies according to their beliefs, but for the most part what is considered the sacred text is always used. However, many Eastern religions tend to be polytheistic, and their study of theology is based more on traditions, human thoughts, and lived experiences of their practitioners.
It should be noted that theology has undergone many changes throughout history, in the 1600’s it was something academic, but in our times only those who belong to a particular religion study theology.
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