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Question B Explain how a particular belief of an afterlife may affect the way in which followers of this religion may live their lives. Heaven is a plane of existence between the Earth and Hell. It is a religious or spiritual place often described for Christians through the Bible, Art and prayer. 'As Earth as it is in heaven' (Lords Prayer). Dante describes it as a 'paradise' in 'The Divine Comedy'. This means that heaven is a place of total happiness, for Christians paradise is eternity with God. For Christians proof of heaven is not essential. They believe that heaven is a metaphor for peace with yourself and God. The belief of heaven comes from Genesis though for Christians it was affirmed in the ascension. This was immortal, a significant part in the life and death of Jesus. It showed that he died like a human and was resurrected (immortal) beliefs such as these affect the way in which Christians lead their lives. Christians use all these beliefs and teachings to summize that living unaffected by sin, your soul can reach heaven when you die. ...read more.


Confessions of any sin is a regular Christian practice, one of the most important repentances is the one you say before you die (last rites). It is the final pledge to God to forgive you, as you are either about to pass into his state or into hell; it is an age old tradition. A famous example of this last rite repentance would be Queen Mary (of Scotland) whose head is rumored to have carried on reciting the Catholic mass once her head was removed from her neck. Purgatory is a place that for Roman Catholics and other fundamentalist Christians lies between Heaven and Hell. It is also of no physicality, it is not so much a spiritual place. It is a state of temporary suffering where the soul remains until it is cleansed of all committed sins on Earth. However it was believed by the churches of the middle ages that if you are not baptized you will remain there forever. They believed in a much less forgiving God. ...read more.


If you have repented but have committed a sin unforgiving of Heaven and uncondeming to hell you temporarily belong in purgatory. Hell is a place for the condemned, a prison for sinners. Dante describes hell as an 'inferno'. A unmerciful state of permanent torment and suffering. The idea of Hell was first described in Genesis. Satan was once an archangel that betrayed God. Angels too can be damned to hell. 'When angels sinned, God did not let them go free without punishment. He sent them to hell and put them into caves of darkness where they are being held for judgment.' (2Peter:4) He was challenged by God and forever Satan has remained an omen of all evil. Jesus resisted temptation many times. A good example of this may be his endurance throughout the desert, in the time we now call Lent. His actions taught Christians not to give into temptation, as it is a moderate sin. Christians believe people that have committed awful sins such as murderers go to Hell. Their lives are affected by the idea of it, because of this Christians try and live their lives in such a way as to avoid Hell as they believe sinners deserve eternity with evil as a fair punishment. ...read more.

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