“How To Start Your Own Religion” offers easy, step-by-step instructions on how to get in on the ground floor of one of the world’s oldest institutions. By following these simple directions, you can be the newest entrepreneur on the world stage of spirituality. No more religion that doesn’t quite fit, no higher authority telling you what to do- now you can have a religion that fits YOU, that’s perfect for YOU, and that you can control from the ground up. All you have to do is relax, be creative, have fun, and read the instructions listed below.

1. Choose a focus . Why are you interested in forming your own religion? Many a faith has been crafted because people were discontented with the status quo. Bobby Henderson, the inventor of Pastafarianism, created his Church with a distinctly anti-Intelligent Design agenda. Buddhism developed initially as a protestant movement within Hinduism, and broke with the caste system as a form of social protest. But obviously, not all religion started as a radical movement. Anton LaVey identified strongly with the carnie community, and consequently he combined a love of flair with Nietzschean philosophy and founded modern Satanism. So look at your own motives for making a religious system. Does it center around a person, an idea, or a physical object? Is it revolutionary or just plain fun? Religion can serve all sorts of purposes, so choose what works best for you. Remember, Ron Hubbard was a science fiction writer before he came up with Scientology. Play to your strengths!

2. Next, create a central belief system . Feel free to start small with this step. You don’t have to decide how your followers feel about everything right now, because as your religion grows so will the doctrines of belief. Leave the nit-picky stuff for later, like medical ethics and child rearing, and choose two or three main dogmas. What’s considered sacred in your religion? Pirates, aliens, and vegetarianism are a few examples. Or you could always go the way of Buddhism and reject the duality of that whole sacred/profane construct. Another article of belief might center around historical events, such as the Exodus from Egypt in the Jewish Bible. The possibilities are endless. Whatever you choose, remember to use your imagination and enjoy yourself!

3. Third, design your rituals . Very few religions survive without a strong ritual component. Especially in fledging religions, ritual can help bind a new community together and instill a sense of loyalty to the new faith. Ritual can also be very psychologically gratifying. Why do you think that Neo-Paganism is so popular? Those guys have some great rituals. Now, its your choice how strict the ritual should be and how it ties in with your belief system, but if you’re all out of ideas try referring back to your focus. Symbolism is a big part of religion, and you can always create a ritual that references your focus, and reminds everyone that that’s why you’re doing this in the first place.

4. Pay attention to aesthetics . This means that you should assemble all of your tools and materials, and get started on the symbols and artwork of your new regime. What clothes should your followers wear? What symbol will easily identify them as your followers? Your religion’s visual appearance will be your calling card in the world. What is your theme? Consider colors, design, and nick-knacks.

5. Now you need to choose your own role within the power structure of your religion. Are you the head priest? The enlightened one? A mystic? An equal community member? Or perhaps the anonymous founder, setting your creation adrift in the world? Christianity and Islam both started with a single prophet. Just remember that whatever your role, timing and social context can make or break a religion. Before declaring yourself the next Messiah, consider if the world is ready for that. Perhaps a guru would be more appropriate.

6. Now get out there and advertise, advertise, advertise! Whatever your medium, a soapbox, the internet, protesting at the U.N., you probably want exposure. Otherwise, how will you attract others to your cause? In order to gain official recognition and get those tax breaks, you’re going to need followers, so let the world know you’re here. Try putting an add on Craig’s list.

Quick recap of the steps:
1. Choose a focus, a central theme, idea, or person.
2. Create a central belief system, consisting of 2 or 3 main dogmas.
3. Design your rituals.
4. Pay attention to aesthetics, in terms of materials, symbols, etc.
5. Choose your own role. Who are you in this religion?
6. Advertise, advertise, advertise!

WARNING: Side effects may include martyrdom, madness, and ostracization from society.

<p>i made a reigion based off of a purple wyvern who is naedGyrtu Mornaug. We have lost the fact that he created the universe with his own blood and must re-acknowledge that fact.</p>
<p>i made a religion called ponaki it is based off the centeral idia of peace and love and before anyone calls me a hippie i am not but we worship the god minuko she is the one who brought us here to this planet and created peace but us humans have lost sight of that untill now and i will say that our society today is not centered on peace and we are constantly thinking about death and destruction and sex so i say that minuko shall rise and try to wake everyone up from this terrible dream and let us see what this world should be like</p>
My new religion will be unicornism. Which we will worship the Rainbow Unicorn Goddess, &quot;Una&quot;. Rituals are to dance and to always say &quot;praise Una&quot; when eating. We wear some kind of rainbow item on body. Preferably a hand made bracelet.
<p>I'm gonna create new religion just because of my profit. If you wanna support my shit, please contact me via gmail:</p><p>hrdyondrej11@gmail.com</p>
My new religion is all based around a weed God. It's simple will obviously be the weed leaf. Rituals will be as soon as you're done with your day's work you smoke as much as you want. A second ritual is so what you want when stoned. You must smoke weed to become a member of this religion. I am the head priest and anybody who smokes weed can join.
I created religion called metism it is a religon were woman matter the most if you want to join reply<br>
I wanna join I am a woman <br>
I created a religion where it's all about love sex, kissing, etc.
<p>Hmm... Interestingly, I have this idea of a solar religion where the Sun is a god.</p><p>&quot;If thou greedily snatch thy light, thou shall burn, quite literally.&quot;</p>
<p>I'm going to start a new religion and I haven't decided which symbol I should use. Should it be the electric chair or the gurney and hypodermic needle? Additionally, I want it to be centered around pain, cruelty, suffering, persecution and execution. Then I'll have to figure out some way to justify all this horror and make it out to be a wonderful thing after all. Finally, I'll have to come up with some implausible ending to the story and make it believable in spite of its absurdity. Help me - has this ever been done before - I don't want to be &quot;reinventing the wheel&quot; now do I? http://wsautter.com/read-save-walts-books-ipad</p>
<p>Yes, it's called the afterlife and heaven, and it's included in like every religion.</p>
I ditched my last religon and started a new one it's called lidsey sturling ism were we worship lidsey sturling<br>
<p>I made a culture and religion named: Church of the Light. If any one interests let me know in my email: alextkhev962@gmail.com</p>
I will
Thank you I am starting a religion. Its going to be based on aliens. Its called alienism.
<p>my religion is called googlism, it's where you worship google the greek goddess</p>
I'm going to start a religion called Order of The Phoenix. We will follow the teachings of JK Rowling.
I made my religion. Its sad, angry, depressed religion. But its not evil
<p>&quot;<strong>Side effects may include martyrdom, madness, and ostracization from society.&quot; : I loled</strong></p><p><strong><br></strong></p>
I created one! It's called Confusionism. It's basically FSM except that it centers around ninjas. :)
But potentially incredibly profitable! Look at Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Jim Bakker, Joel Osteen and the many other con men who make a living by getting down and dirty with a supreme being!

About This Instructable


23 favorites


More by blacklamb: How To Start Your Own Religion
Add instructable to: