The Religiosity of the World
Let’s discuss some of the departures from the system of worship that God first revealed to Adam, Noah and Abraham. Hinduism (Vedas, Upanishad and other Scripture, orally from 1500 BC, world's third largest religion) is one of the oldest strains of varied pagan beliefs coming away from the time of Abraham (2000 BC) and Moses (1200s BC) . It is one of the foreign systems worshipping other made up deities (together with the Egyptian’s system described in Exodus and there are others as well). I say made up because they themselves acknowledge in their earliest texts that the deities were “created” but one strain states ‘the one’ was before all (which is their conscience speaking from the “amen corner” in all human beings). Some strains are even atheistic, which is also true of Buddhism, and some only describe Hinduism as a way of life, not a religion. Buddhism is much simpler and was founded by the Buddha in India in the context of Hinduism sometime between 600-400 BC and written down around 200 BC in the Sutras and Tripitakas, (with much disagreement and many strains today). Buddhism is the world's 4th largest religion. Both seek enlightened freedom from the painful cycle of life and reincarnation, through ethics and meditation. Islam was founded in the 600s AD long after Judeo-Biblical religion and Christianity. Mohammed was its founder in Saudi Arabia in what was either a Christian or pagan context ( probably Christian). It, like Hinduism and Buddhism has a basic system of ethics you are supposed to follow in order to obtain salvation , although it is monotheistic. Islam is the world's second largest religion (Christianity is the world's largest religion by the way).
The Apostle Paul when he comes to Athens in Acts is already familiar with the Pantheon of the gods of the Greeks and Romans and he rebukes and instructs them in this way:
In Prayer Today :
Thank God that the light of Christ has brought you from false to true worship of the Living God.