What is the oldest known religion in the world?

Religion goes back as far as human civilizations. Nobody knows what the first religion was. The Egyptians predate the Jews, The Mesopotamians predate them. The Chinese predate them…

Religions with a creation story often claim to be the oldest, since the world began with that creation and with the god or gods of that religion.

Others say that animism would be the oldest known type of religion. This is a primitive religion, which sprang up independently in many areas of the world, but in most countries has mainly been replaced by more formal religion. In animism, spirits are considered to inhabit familiar objects in the landscape. For example, Australian aboriginal beliefs probably go back 60,000 or more.

Remnants of animal worship survived in Judaism and Christianity. Satan was a serpent; Jehovah, like Osiris, was worshiped as a bull; Christ was the lamb of God, and the Holy Ghost appeared in the form of a dove. However, these are only symbols of the worshipped object, and are not worshipped in themselves.

The Egyptian religion can also be considered the oldest religion. Its origins date back beyond 3000 BCE.

First off, this is a very general question. religion comes from “religare,” which is to bind, or have union with, etc. so humans throughout our history have been seeking this union. yoga, in Sanskrit, means union. this longing for connection to god, to worship god, is innate in us.

Since Sanskrit is the oldest written language, as far as religion being written down, and as far as organized religion is concerned, it would be Hinduism. It is said that when Rama appeared, according to our calendar, it’d be a million or so years (not sure the exact, but it’s a long time!) And Krishna, god himself according to the Vedic scriptures, appeared here 5,000 years ago. Buddha, about 500 B.C., Jesus, about 2,000 years ago

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are all Abrahamic related religions. Abraham dates back to 1800 BC.

This also depends on religion my personal belief is Judaism, since Adam and Eve. Then Noah. I’m Christian. Also I might mention that most don’t believe that nature or sex worship, solar worship, or worship of elements or forces of nature. Most that don’t believe in a specific religion that gains its roots to long, long ago believe that a polythestic worship of gods that represent the values of the people was the first (gone from today’s world).

From a Biblical perspective, undoubtedly many of the religions of the world are very ancient, and no doubt included what is known today as various ‘aniministic’ elements. Such worship is, according to the Biblical view, the worship of the creature rather than the Creator who made the particular object, whether it be the sun, or a tree etc. It would be akin to us worshiping and adoring a technological invention, instead of praising the inventor, as we know that everything has a maker. In the same way the Bible records these religions as a degeneration from the original monotheism we find in the beginning. The Bible also records the first type of religious ceremony in Genesis 3:3-6 where Cain and Abel both made offerings unto the Lord, the Creator of all. According to the Biblical view, all other religions would have come after this time and developed from it, essentially as creations of man. Genesis 4:3-5 (King James Version)

And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.4And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:5But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

Even before this religious ceremony of the offering of the sacrifice, it is recorded that Adam had a form of open fellowship with God as He had spoken to him and received and understood God’s instructions. This simple understanding and fellowship between persons which in a sense transcends all religious practice as man meets personally with His maker is what is restored to a degree when a person becomes a ‘new creation’ in Christ and receives the in-dwelling Holy Spirit. This requires no religious ceremony, can occur anywhere and anytime, and is open to everyone who wishes to worship ‘in Spirit and in truth.’ It also has the assurance that everything has already been done and completed through the finished work of Jesus Christ, not through any amount of religious works which the devotee can do.

Worship of Animals and Plants -In the infancy of the world animals were deified and adored, and trees and plants were regarded as sentient beings and received the homage of man. Nearly every animal has been an object of worship. This worship flourished for ages in Egypt and India In Egypt the worship of the bull (Apis) was associated with that of Osiris (Serapis). The cow is still worshiped in India. Serpent worship has existed in every part of the world.



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6 responses to “What is the oldest known religion in the world?

  1. Jiexuan

    Care to note, the earth is less than 60,000 years old. God created the earth and heavens in six days. – Gen 1. “There was morning and there was evening.”

    I don’t get: are you trying to say Hinduism is the oldest recorded religion or the Egyptian myth was the oldest known religion?

    What’s up with God was worshipped as a bull? I thought the Israelites slaughtered bulls for the sacrifice offerings?

    Last thing: check this out, http://creationontheweb.com/content/view/5420

  2. Dear Jiexuan

    Thank you for your comment. I understand that is what was written in Genisis 1.

    I do spend a considerable amout of time reading and learning from the Bible.

    However how do you explain the fossils being found for Dinosaurs at 75 million years ago?

    I am more than happy to print any information from your web-site with in this blog with more links back to your site.

    I look forward to your reply, and your thoughts and beliefs?

  3. ShawnT

    Very interesting to hear what you think. Religion is a form of suppression, it does not tell you the truth of creation. I used to be Christian, untill the questions I had are not answered: Adam + Eve = Cane and Able….. Cane and Able had kids with who? ? Incest!!!
    GOD=Trinity=Father, Son(Jesus), and the Holly Spirit? This makes up the Creator, GOD.? Ha…….. Where was the trinity before Jesus, and where is the trinity now? Is GOD not complete again?
    I dont want to bash Christianity, it helps some people that dont want to think and research.
    Anyhow, I am so diggin deep that I am interested in talking with you.

    Just a thought;
    Some moments in life we cant handle the huuman events! Do YOU (us humans) think that we could even handle seeing, or knowing everything about this”GOD”?

  4. Rodney

    ShawnT, excellent point, one of my students in youth group has questioned incest for a long time; I think or at least hope at this point that I have adequately answered his question. 1. There are details left out in the bible, such as that Adam and Eve had other “sons and daughters” but it is unclear as to when, or how many. As far as “incest” well these were the first humans their seed was more pure and we take it on faith that God had allowed this in order for creation to exist and expand. As the nations grew and expanded this practice was forbidden. Even if you are a total non believer the theory of Evolution would have an “incestual” history, you came from the same source, and either you materialized by accidental mixture or primordial soup or not, children are still born from their mothers’ womb. 2.) The Trinity- God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit.
    Jesus, God the son is God, and was in the beginning with God. Gen. 1:26 “Let us make man in our image” God was speaking with the members of the trinity. 3.) The only physical form we could see of God would be Jesus, Immanuel, the incarnation of God- God in the flesh -Jesus. Jesus says if you have seen me then you have seen the father. The closest anyone in the bible got to see God the father and lived was Moses, and God spoke to him through a burning bush, and Moses still had to turn his back. We could not be in the ultimate presence of God we would die, but if we make the write decision to apply our faith in Jesus Christ we will have an eternity of peace with Christ Jesus. Feel free to respond to me personally if you wish for further discussion, and I hope this helps you realize some truths that will lead you back to him. Rodney — rwspeaksout@yahoo.com

  5. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  6. gizmo

    umm ur theory on incest i think could be wrong… If god made adem and eve, whats 2 say he didnt make others after them?

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