Introduction: How to Start Your Own Religion

“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 toaesthetics . 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 andadvertise, 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.

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CiaranJ_King (author)2017-02-06

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kaseyonwater made it! (author)2017-01-13

Thank you for this opportunity to ADVERTISE and share my religion. I call it... Empyreumism. Empyreum is a Latin word that means: the abode of GOD and the angels... a realm of pure fire or light. In Empyreumism, I attempt to bridge the gap between science and GOD. The title of the main story-line within my "religion" is the story of tidbit. I call the story of tidbit a modern creation myth and a theory of everything... in one. The big questions the frame the story of tidbit are... Where did one come from?... What brought two together?... and How did life originate?... Questions... I speculate that science will never be able to answer. Questions... that can only be explained as ACTS OF GOD. Thus, the 3 ACTS of GOD were born and so the story of tidbit. In this story, GOD is defined as the inexplicable infinite force that made the impossible, possible.

If curious... check out...

http://thestoryoftidbit.weebly.com/

In the story of tidbit there are 3 ACTS or Actions of GOD to which there are 3 REACTS or Reactions... all of which carry INFINITE implications.

ACT 1:
God brought 1.
(1 neutrally charged particle to the INFINITE.)

REACT 1: ("bing") an infinite field of DARK MATTER.
i.e. INFINITE NEUTRALITY =
(an infinite field/matrix of neutrally charged particles.)

ACT 2:
GOD spun 2 together.
(2 neutrally charged particles amid INFINITE NEUTRALITY.)

REACT 2: ("bang") light & MATTER in motion... (and all that comes with)
i.e. PERPETUAL DUALITY =
(an atom/element containing both positive/negative e charges,
spinning/radiating energy through space/time.)

ACT 3:
GOD brought 1 and spun.
(a single-celled organism with DNA, consciousness, a soul...
with infinite ability to self-replicate.)

REACT 3: ("boom") LIVING MATTER radiating/reflecting light...
ETERNAL LIFE
(the evolution of all life/the evolution boom.)

MORALS OF THE STORY

Neutral is the source from which the Universe took course.

Every tidbit of matter is tethered to neutral.

To be like GOD is to strive toward neutral.

We are to recognize were great imbalances exist within ourselves and within our environment and we should strive toward actions that will create reactions that will bring about the appropriate shift to correct imbalances.

If all this could be summed up into one word... EQUALITY!

EQUALITY is the answer to so many problems existing in the world today.

I hope this is of some use to someone out there. Thank you all for considering this information and thank you again blacklamb for this opportunity.

For more info... check out...

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA19XmABIlI&t=5s

if anyone would like to help me improve, develop, or streamline these ideas... I'm always looking for new friends and collaborators.

Contact... kaseyonwater@gmail.com

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FeisaR (author)2016-03-03

If you are interested email me YufiDonnis@gmail.com

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FeisaR made it! (author)2016-03-03

I made a religion called Noocracronis Divinism (tahaddi 'iiradat alaliha)is also a name for this religion as this translates to challenge the will of the gods. We believe in the Ancient gods of Egypt. Our Dogmas are Vegetarianism, heart tone music which turns all negative emotions into beautiful music. We believe in a Noocracy mixed with a theocracy. We love the exploration of knowledge and acknowledge our gods as Gods who put us through challenges in order for us to challenge and change their will in order to make it to there heavenly pantheon. We practice witchcraft. We obey all the ancient Egyptian holidays schedule. Other Dogmas include Animism, Inquisition and materialism. I am the mystic Pharohnis who writes my true religious books based on astral experiences between my gods and I. This has always been my religion for real. We also have religious customs as we all shake hands left to left and when you join and contact me I will tell you why. Colors are important and we follow the eastern traditional meanings of colors and this is why we dye our hair in these colors it MUST be 3 colors only and keep it such all of our lives with braids. We must wear the color that our coven votes to us as contacts in our eyes, and we must wear colorful silk moo-moos that have our witch coven colors on us. The colors can be any in the world as we also have an elemental sign and personality zodiac tattooed on our left hand as the zodiac is on the bottom of the hand and the element sign on the top. Polygamy is a practice as the Egyptians often did this and the sign of ours is a thinking cloud with a pyramid in the center. We have multiple denominations based on the chosen god we choose for our main way of life not just worship. This is the gods challenge and this is how we respect that they want us to test their will to get to what we call the Min Portal. We then arise to heaven becoming a god too. We believe in the scientific facts but also believe that god is in all and only will allow us to be with them as long as we become a challenge unto their will instead of cowering before them making us immortal. We believe that we must succeed from the union in respects that the gods created their own realms. Therefore we will succeed and start an Anarcho-communist Noocracist Theocracy.

Noocracy- Government by human intellect, Theocracy- Government by the divine, Anarcho-communism- Anarchist communism (also known as anarcho-communism,free communism, libertarian communism, and communist anarchism is a theory of anarchism which advocates the abolition of the state, capitalism, wages, and private property (while retaining respect for personal property),[9] and in favor of common ownership of the means of production, direct democracy, and a horizontal network of voluntary associations and workers' councils with production and consumption based on the guiding principle: "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need". source wikipedia (for the defintion of Anarcho-communism.

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FeisaR (author)FeisaR2016-03-03

I know that is the true religion. Our sign is a thinking cloud with a pyramid with an eye in the center within the thinking cloud.

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FeisaR (author)2016-03-03

I made a religion called Epidemio Divinism (tahaddi 'iiradat alaliha)is also a name for this religion as this translates to challenge the will of the gods. We believe in the Ancient gods of Egypt. Our Dogmas are Vegetarianism, heart tone music which turns all negative emotions into beautiful music. We believe in a Noocracy mixed with a theocracy. We love the exploration of knowledge and acknowledge our gods as Gods who put us through challenges in order for us to challenge and change their will in order to make it to there heavenly pantheon. We practice witchcraft. We obey all the ancient Egyptian holidays schedule. Other Dogmas include Animism, Inquisition and materialism. I am the mystic Pharohnis who writes my true religious books based on astral experiences between my gods and I. This has always been my religion for real. We also have religious customs as we all shake hands left to left and when you join and contact me I will tell you why. Colors are important and we follow the eastern traditional meanings of colors and this is why we dye our hair in these colors it MUST be 3 colors only and keep it such all of our lives with braids. We must wear the color that our coven votes to us as contacts in our eyes, and we must wear colorful silk moo-moos that have our witch coven colors on us. The colors can be any in the world as we also have an elemental sign and personality zodiac tattooed on our left hand as the zodiac is on the bottom of the hand and the element sign on the top. Polygamy is a practice as the Egyptians often did this and the sign of ours is a thinking cloud with a pyramid in the center. We have multiple denominations based on the chosen god we choose for our main way of life not just worship. This is the gods challenge and this is how we respect that they want us to test their will to get to what we call the Min Portal. We then arise to heaven becoming a god too. We believe in the scientific facts but also believe that god is in all and only will allow us to be with them as long as we become a challenge unto their will instead of cowering before them making us immortal. We believe that we must succeed from the union in respects that the gods created their own realms. Therefore we will succeed and start an Anarcho-communist Noocracist Theocracy.

Noocracy- Government by human intellect, Theocracy- Government by the divine, Anarcho-communism- Anarchist communism (also known as anarcho-communism,free communism, libertarian communism, and communist anarchism is a theory of anarchism which advocates the abolition of the state, capitalism, wages, and private property (while retaining respect for personal property),[9] and in favor of common ownership of the means of production, direct democracy, and a horizontal network of voluntary associations and workers' councils with production and consumption based on the guiding principle: "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need". source wikipedia (for the defintion of Anarcho-communism.

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mordecaic (author)2016-02-07

i made a religion called lunar illuminism we are vegitarian and respect the animals and earth we have no leader or god and only live by facts

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AmyM111 (author)2016-01-30

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.

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the fellow commoner (author)2015-12-24

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

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EverlastingLuv2345 (author)2015-11-29

My new religion will be unicornism. Which we will worship the Rainbow Unicorn Goddess, "Una". Rituals are to dance and to always say "praise Una" when eating. We wear some kind of rainbow item on body. Preferably a hand made bracelet.

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DavidK158 (author)2015-10-27

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.

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Mystical 345 (author)2015-04-20

I created religion called metism it is a religon were woman matter the most if you want to join reply

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I wanna join I am a woman

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Mystical 345 (author)2015-07-29

I created a religion where it's all about love sex, kissing, etc.

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rdococ (author)2015-06-25

Hmm... Interestingly, I have this idea of a solar religion where the Sun is a god.

"If thou greedily snatch thy light, thou shall burn, quite literally."

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wsautter (author)2015-03-31

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 "reinventing the wheel" now do I? http://wsautter.com/read-save-walts-books-ipad

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rdococ (author)wsautter2015-06-25

Yes, it's called the afterlife and heaven, and it's included in like every religion.

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Mystical 345 (author)2015-04-23

I ditched my last religon and started a new one it's called lidsey sturling ism were we worship lidsey sturling

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alex.tkachev.7 (author)2014-12-23

I made a culture and religion named: Church of the Light. If any one interests let me know in my email: alextkhev962@gmail.com

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I will

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Aliens-Are-Real (author)2015-04-20

Thank you I am starting a religion. Its going to be based on aliens. Its called alienism.

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harlar (author)2015-03-30

my religion is called googlism, it's where you worship google the greek goddess

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harlar (author)2015-03-30

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Ravenclaw2 (author)2015-03-12

I'm going to start a religion called Order of The Phoenix. We will follow the teachings of JK Rowling.

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i am depression (author)2015-01-22

I made my religion. Its sad, angry, depressed religion. But its not evil

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alex.tkachev.7 (author)2014-12-23

"Side effects may include martyrdom, madness, and ostracization from society." : I loled


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theawesomeninja (author)2011-09-28

I created one! It's called Confusionism. It's basically FSM except that it centers around ninjas. :)

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Prfesser (author)2011-09-14

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!

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