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As Christians we believe that God has a plan and that the death of Jesus was for the benefit of humankind

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As Christians we believe that God has a plan and that the death of Jesus was for the benefit of humankind. Jesus said he had to suffer and die as he had been sent on a mission of self-sacrifice. So he had not come to lord it over people, rather, he had come to serve; and he had come to sacrifice his life - a sort of ransom - to benefit people. Mk 10:41-45 Jesus relieved pain and he removed suffering. He spent more time doing this than anything else. E.g. Jairus' Daughter, Calming the Storm and healing blind Bartimaeus. Jesus forgave sin, which was the main cause for much suffering and all Christians believe that God was incarnated, on Earth, as Jesus himself. Prior to his death Jesus experienced; both emotional and physical pain. For example: when he was tortured and killed. ...read more.

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Christians believe that death is not the end but the beginning of a new eternal life, therefore a life after death. They believe that a deceased persons body might rot away in a grave or be cremated into ashes, but their personality lives on, somehow, raised to life by God in another place that is really impossible to imagine. The story of Jesus rising again helps to give them confidence in this hope. Although it is part of God's plan for Jesus to suffer, that will not be the end of the story. Jesus will rise from death and as far as we know nobody at the time of Jesus expected him to die - let alone rise again. Christians believe that the Resurrection of Jesus is relevant to them. Human Beings sin, because of sin they deserve to go to Hell. ...read more.

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In conclusion, the most important role for Jesus, as a saviour is to save humankind, from suffering, sin and death. The reason behind Jesus' death is beneficial towards Christian faith and by allowing us to shed the burden of our sins and by rising from death. He rewarded us with Eternal Life, giving us the chance to be joined by God in Heaven. If we have sinned, Purgatory is a state of purification. It is less where the departed pay for sin through suffering than where they are prepared to enter the visible presence of God and the Saints. People who have died in a state of grace, but with imperfections, are in Purgatory after they die, until they are ready to move on to be with God. All Christians look forward to life in the Kingdom, when they will be with God, and sin, death and pain will no longer exist. AO1 Explain what Christians believe about: Death of Jesus & Life After Death. Daniel Flynn 10O 06/05/02 ...read more.

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