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Question A Describe the teachings and the beliefs of the afterlife in Christianity about death and what may happen after life. Christians believe the soul is as immortal, tangible, metaphysical body alive within each human. The soul is believed to be you're after life body (for heaven) until the apocalypse (Christians call this judgment day). On Judgment day the Bible says: 'Death and the world of the dead also gave up the dead they held' (Revelations) upon the deceased's ascension the physical body (from our life on Earth) will be given back to the dead. This is why most Christians used to believe in burial rather than cremation, so they may have a body for that day. Now a new interpretation of the Bible is a more popular belief-that we will be given 'new bodies' for our life with God. It is popular due to scientific development. We now know that dead bodies simply rot. Other religions have different beliefs about the 'disposal' of the body. Hindu's believe that burial is only for children who have not yet reached puberty. They believe in burning them body in front of everybody, they believe cremation gives freedom to the soul, so it can move onto another life. ...read more.


Through his death, because he was Gods son, Jesus could resolve the problems of sin and human failure. He showed mortal suffering and death then the immortal ascension. The ascension was proof that there is a heaven and that God has power over life and death. 'While he was blessing them he left and was taken up to heaven' (24 Luke 31). Playing on the idea of mortality, though we may be disillusioned sometimes there is total equality throughout the human race. We all where born into this world and we will all feel the pains and smiles of life before succumbing to our inevitable fate. How humble we may be on the social scale, or how wealthy we are does not decide our fate, determine our journey afterlife. It is in a common factor, our souls that are judged. This is evident in the parable that Jesus told of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31). Lazarus, a poor man brought a minimal bounty as an offering to the temple, but it was all he could manage, a totally selfless act. The rich man offered all the riches that he didn't care to loose, he thought wealth would ensure his souls ascension to heaven. ...read more.


That there is/are a place/s between heaven and hell. Dante uses levels of hell to explain that a murderer and a hungry person who stole food would not be in the same hell. All Christian regardless of denomination believes in a heaven and most believe in a hell. Then there is controversy over sin, for example... soldiers, or people that are involved with euthanasia-are they murderers? Was it a passion driven from the soul? Different individuals believe in a variety of possible answers. Questions like this often sway people into making life decisions based on faith. There are Christian soldiers, but some Christians may decide against the profession in the view that eternal punishment could be the only outcome for killing another man. Such judgment, of course can only be made by God. Unjustified crimes (e.g. hungry person stealing food) are sometimes a result of 'misinterpretation' and discernment. For example, the Islamic terrorists of the Wahydeeb who where involved in '9/11' believed they where doing it in the name of their God, and that in doing this they would be with their God. However almost every outsider of the Wahydeeb would agree that it was a repulsive, unholy act that would completely condemn them. It is not only a question of faith, but of ethics that aids us in our life decisions that ultimately lead to our fate. ...read more.

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