What is religion? Webster defines religion as : the state of a religious the service and worship of God or the supernatural : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance : a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices : scrupulous conformity : conscientiousness : a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.
Dean C. Halverson, a world religions specialist, has identified 11 major religions in the world. They are Animism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Marxism, New Age Movement, Secularism, Shinto, and Taoism.
(World Religions, Dean C. Halverson, 1996, pg. 15)
While this paper is not going to be about all the religions of the world it is going to be about a particular religion. A religion that is peculiar to a certain type of people that have all had a common experience, a similar experience that is the glue that brings them together in certain beliefs, observances and practices of their shared experience with the leader of this religion. The leader is referred to by his followers as the head of this religious body of followers. While some religions have certain places considered sacred to their adherents because the body of their founder is buried there, this particular religion.
As a matter of fact the government went to great extremes to prove that the founder of this particular religion was dead and buried and sought to stop his followers from telling others about him and his teachings. While this did not stop the people following this man it also could not prevent hundreds of people from being eyewitnesses to the fact that he was certainly alive and well. Some well known authorities of this time have all written of the eyewitness accounts of this man and the many things that he did that attracted such a following of people to him.
While it is a fact that man kind has always had a desire for something deeply...