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Death and Dying R1 The Christian faith has many different beliefs and teachings on death and what may happen after that. The New Testament contains a numerous amount of references to a life beyond the grave that doesn't make sense at all unless believed and accepted in. The ultimate question is, 'Is there life after death?' There are a few ideas of the future life. Firstly, it is believed that whatever form we may be in, human or spirit, we shall remain in Christ's presence forever. Secondly, we shall be like Christ and have a spiritual body like him. Another belief is that it'll be a better life than the one present as God will bestow some of His Glory on us and we'll receive his goodwill and favour. Finally, we shall be given a reward or authority for the life we have led. However, the Christian belief is that death is not the final frontier to be feared. The life and religion now living is just the preparation to the eternal life ahead in heaven with God. Christians believe that faith in Jesus can overcome death and evil, with the idea of immortality of the soul. This is where Christians believe that all humans have a body and a soul that survives death, and afterwards goes to a spiritual place where God is. Mark stated in his Gospel that he assures that anyone who 'gives you a drink of water because you belong to me' will certainly receive a reward. However, there is one other aspect to think about on the subject of death; hell. Hell can be defined as a 'separation from God'. For some it could represent fire, isolation or loneliness. Although it is believed that God rules us, God does not send people to hell. It is those sinners who send themselves there. Judgement Day is when all will be judged and sentenced. ...read more.


Another commandment is to honour your parents, have respect for them as you would for God, and never misuse the name of God. The sixth demand is to worship God, and only God. The next is to remember Sabbath Day and to keep it holy and to rest, the eighth is to never make anything an idol and finally, 'do not murder'. Following these demands will result in the believer leading a good and happy life, in which they'll be later awarded on by God. However, a teacher of the Law once asked Jesus, "Which commandment is the most important of all?" and Jesus replied that the most important is this, "Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." and that the second most important commandment is this: "Love your neighbour as you love yourself." Another factor influencing the behaviour of a Christian is forgiveness. They pray for forgiveness once realised that they have sinned, such as prayers for mercy and to forgive others. Roman Catholics have a Devotion to the Sacrament of Forgiveness by offering their prayers, confessions, communions, fasting and 'works of mercy' to God for the intention that sinners repent their sins and receive the Sacrament of Forgiveness. The holy purpose is to replenish their selves and clear all (theirs and the sinners) sins, to bring grace with God. There are many Catholic prayers for repentance and all seek for forgiveness for their misdeeds in similar ways. There are many other different affects on a Christian because of their particular belief towards afterlife. Actions could be made towards those of a lower class so that God would reward the Christian(s) in their next life. Such things as giving up or giving a certain amount of their money to the poor, or giving their belongings to a charity in order to help the less fortunate. ...read more.


Overall they wouldn't agree with the statement, even though they don't believe that there is a heaven and hell. Humanists don't believe that there is a heaven and hell, but this does not mean that they could live their life however wished. They intend to live their life sinless and good, so that when they part the present world, they know that they have not badly affected their loved ones and surrounding humans because of their behaviour. So, even though Humanists don't have a religion, they still believe in leading a fine life. On the contrary, I think that all of the above are true and well said, but we have to love the creator of all this as well, God. We are all his 'images', and should live life to the full, but also respecting others and God in the meantime. I feel that it is not necessary to pray to God or wear certain clothes or follow very strict rituals in order to please him, unless the actions are really wanted by the individual. This is because I have never believed that God would have created us to be thinking about him all day everyday, but for us to explore the world, meet new people and take pleasure from our surroundings. However, forgetting about what may happen next is not very thoughtful and considerate, as the actions or work-taking place in the present is going to affect you later on in life. I also trust that 'whatever goes round comes round', and this would also affect our future because I believe that committing a sin will be brought back on you at sometime in your life. The Ten Commandments is also very important to me, but if necessary, it is acceptable to go against it. In conclusion, everyone has a right to believe what he or she wants to believe and do what they wish, as long as it doesn't affect anyone else in the meantime. In addition, if a sin is committed, the human being should be responsible enough to handle the consequences. ...read more.

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