Joel Osteen is a nondenominational Christian and the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Osteen's weekly sermons can be viewed in every U.S. television market.
According to Joel Osteen's website, he began preaching through the encouragement of his father, John. John was a preacher and the founder of Lakewood Church. For 17 years, Joel produced John Osteen's televised sermons but never preached, as he preferred to stay behind the scenes. In January of 1999, Joel finally decided to preach his first sermon. Ironically, the same Sunday that Joel Osteen preached his first sermon was also the last Sunday of John Osteen's life. He died suddenly from a heart attack, and Joel took over his ministry.Learn More
The Mayan religion was a polytheistic Mesoamerican religion that was popular in Guatemala, Belize, western Honduras and the Tabasco, Chiapas and Yucatán regions of Mexico starting in the late-preclassic period (200 B.C. to 200 A.D.) and extending up through modern times. The modern Mayan religion coexists with both pan-Mayan syncretism, which seeks to revitalize traditional Mayan cultural practices, and modern Christianity.Full Answer >
Hinduism was the world’s very first religion, and it's still being practiced as of 2014. The earliest records of religious practice come from Egypt about 4000 B.C. According to the Egyptian Creation Myth, there was only Ocean, which was initially void until a hill of earth emerged on its surface.Full Answer >
Religion is important to society because it helps to regulate behavior. Religion teaches people specific rules, laws and morals to follow.Full Answer >
The predominant religion in Israel is Judaism, as more than 75 percent of the population identifies as Jewish. Islam is the second most popular religion in the nation, with more than 16 percent of the population identifying as Muslim. Christianity and Druze are the two other prominent religions in the country. Two percent of the country is Christian, and less than two percent identify as Druze.Full Answer >