• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Christian teaching reflects on what they believe - views on death and the after life are always defined

Extracts from this document...


RE Coursework ~ By Alice Sutcliffe Christian teaching reflects on what they believe. Different groups of the Christian religion believe slightly different things, yet their views on death and the afterlife are always defined. It is clear from the teaching of the Bible that Christians believe death is not the end. Evidence of this is depicted in the Christian hymn title; "It is not death to die." After the death of a much~loved friend or relation, Christians will always hold a funeral ceremony. A funeral is an event to celebrate the life, and to mourn the death of a close friend or relative who has recently passed away. At a funeral, the body can either be buried or cremated, and this choice varies from person to person. A Christian's beliefs may strongly influence their particular decision. The service at funeral can either be simple with prayers, hymns and a short address, or longer with Holy Communion as well. A Christian funeral can take place at a church or a special crematorium. However, many people argue that the money spent on funerals would be better spent on the living. There are two main Christian beliefs as to what happens when a person dies. ...read more.


They believe that at Purgatory, people work off their sins before they go to heaven. Although many Christians believe that you go to heaven, hell or purgatory straight away after you die, in contrast to this, other Christians believe that on the day of judgement all the dead will be raised for God to judge them then. This can be supported by the First Corinthians 15:52 from the Bible; "For the trumpet shall sounds and the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed." This view is also depicted in the Christian Hymn; "How shall we stand on that great day?" The first verse particularly supports this idea as it reads; "The judgement has set, the books have been opened; How shall we stand in that great day, When every thought, and word, and action, God, the righteous Judge, shall weigh?" In conclusion to what Christians believe about death and the afterlife, there are various different views that Christians have. However, although some Christians may have slightly different views than others, they are all supported by the teaching of the Bible. These views may effect the decisions of Christians every day, in relation to how serious their faith is. ...read more.


However, I believe that people shouldn't have to rely on the bible to tell them things such as 'Thou shall not kill' because it is obvious that is wrong. Their own conscience and knowledge of human morals should be able to tell if an action is right or wrong. I appreciate that a belief in the afterlife will affect the way a follower of that religion lives their life but I would hope that it does not stop them from leading a happy existence. As well as Christianity, followers of other religions may also in a way sacrifice their lives in relation to a particular belief in the afterlife. For example, Buddhists believe in reincarnation. They believe that in the next life, you will either be punished or rewarded for your actions in the previous one. They feel that all animals are sacred and must not be harmed in any way, so if a Buddhist were to eat meat, they would probably live your next life as an unimportant being. After weighing up each side of the argument, I still strongly agree with the above statement. Nevertheless, I do understand other points of view, including that of a Christian. It is clear to see why a devoted Christian would dedicate their life to helping others out of their own will. They may do this because they believe life is short, but the afterlife goes on forever. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Morality of War section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Morality of War essays

  1. Christian views on a just war.

    When it is over peace and justice must be restored. 5. All other ways of solving the problem must be tried. War must be the last resort. 6. You must use only enough force to achieve your goals innocent civilians must not be made to suffer.

  2. Explain Christian Beliefs about Justice.

    In a modern war one would only be able to use a small number of nuclear devices. Arguments against Nuclear Weapons and War: If one has a very large amount of Nuclear weapons then he cannot use them in a limited way - it is all or nothing.

  1. War is Always wrong

    One of these denominations is called the Quakers and they are strong believers in pacifism. This is the belief that peace should always be kept, violence should never be used, and it is always unjustifiable. War is a form of violence, therefore all pacifists are against war, and they believe that it is always wrong.

  2. Christian views

    Another very famous phrase is from a prayer. Christians feel responsible to make god's kingdom come on this earth. This I stated in the poem "thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." You know have to think carefully, do Christians actually force you into anything that you do not wish to

  1. Explain why the first Christians were persecuted The persecution of Christians by the Roman ...

    Besides the magazine, he set up a camp called: "Niepokalanow" for sheltering the Jewish and the Polish people escaping form the persecution of the Nazis. This is one of his greatest signs of Christian charity.

  2. Religious Views on Peace and Conflict Assessment

    C. Choose one religion other than Christianity and explain its attitude to war. Islam's attitude towards war is negative, Islam mainly about being peaceful not to fight, they certainly wouldn't think a war would help solve problems; instead forgiveness would solve it in a better way, discuss and forgive.

  1. "King Billy" by Edwin Morgan is a poem about the life and death of ...

    Morgan then goes on to describe the life of poverty that that Billy Fullarton led, "brooding days of empty bellies, billiard smoke and a sour pint" tells us clearly that they spent their days in dingy pubs, drinking the same pint for hours because they couldn't afford another drink or to go anywhere else.

  2. War should always be avoided. Do you agree?

    It is a huge sin and this is shown by the quote ?Do not commit murder? Exodus 20:13. War will break this rule as it is killing people hence devaluing life and going against the idea of the sanctity of life.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work