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AS and A Level: Hinduism
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This judgement that is made by God determines whether a person's soul will spend eternity in heaven or hell. Based on Jesus' teachings and other sources of revelation, Christians believe that heaven is a place of eternal life, extravagance and luxury, 'The best and sweetest flowers of Paradise God gives to his people when they are upon their knees. Prayer is the gate of heaven, a key to let us in to Paradise', 'There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away' (Revelation 21:4), these quotations show Christians believe that heaven is a place for those who have worshipped God and have followed the teachings of Jesus.
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Examine the Hindu views on arranged marriages. To what extent can Hindu arranged marriages survive in a multi - cultural society
These are very important factors that most parents do not overlook for arranged marriages. In India, parents feel that a girl can be a potential wife at the age of eighteen and parents get worried if she remains unmarried past twenty four or twenty five. It is acceptable for a boy to remain unmarried till his late 20s, but after that questions are asked about his appropriateness as a husband. This does not necessarily apply to a growing urban middle class population.
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Job may have appeared to be a righteous man on the outside, but beneath, Job could have been a man whose heart was not fully pure, and therefore was being punished by God. Here the conventional Christian attitude is that suffering is a result of ones own actions. In The New Testament the belief is that suffering may not have been brought upon by the individual but by their parents or others around them. In Hinduism the attitude towards suffering is varied.
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However, Hinduism also teaches that abortion, like any other act of violence, thwarts a soul in its progress toward God. All Hindus believe that all life has a soul or ATMAN. This means Hinduism promotes the theory of "SANCTITY OF LIFE". Sanctity of life means that all life is a special gift from God and must not be taken without proper cause. To Hindus, to take life would incur BAD KARMA. Karma is the nature of law that will bring about good fortune for good deeds and misfortune for bad deeds.
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Hinduism is a way of life as much as a religion, and different Hindus may believe different things without being 'right' or 'wrong'. Holy Books The Hindu religion has many holy books. Some of these are called Shastras. They advise on how people should live their lives. The most important Shastras are the Vedas. They are the oldest holy books in the world, Veda means knowledge. Hindus believe that Vedas came from God and had everything that is true about the world.
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He also throws rice and spices into the fire symbolising fertility. The bride offers puja to the deities and then goes into a separate room to offer private worship to Parvati and Shiva asking for a long marriage and children, preferably sons. When the groom arrives at the place of the wedding, the bride's mother and the priest meet him at the entrance with a 'sacred light' to ward off any evil spirits. The priest prays to Vishnu and Lakshmi and together, the priest and bride's mother lead the groom into the place of the wedding.
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Christianity and Hinduism seem to have profoundly different views in relation to God and/or existence.
Creation emerged out of Brahman; he moved from an unmanifest state (without any form) to a manifest one (with form). There was always something before creation, as it is an impossible notion to assume that anything can come from nothing. Although, we could argue that God?s ultimate uniqueness can form the ability to produce something from nothing; or the concept of an actual infinite can be put forward. However, with reference to The Cosmological argument (which is an argument for the existence of a first cause), William Craig would state the absurdity of this for we would not be able to cross an infinite, and therefore wouldn?t exist.
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