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Explain different Christian beliefs about life after death

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Explain different Christian beliefs about life after death (33) The term "afterlife" is interpreted as "continuation of existence, typically spiritual and experiential, beyond this world after death". The concept of life after death is eschatological as the topic is related to the end of time. Many different religions have their own theories on what happens after death including the Christian idea of heaven and hell, or the Buddhist theory of rebirth, but atheists believe that at death one ceases to exist. There is no afterlife or eternal soul that continues in eternity. All there is to look forward to, is our inevitable death, the future death of mankind, and the universe. Trying to explain life after death is important to many people, typically for two reasons; a) ...read more.

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judged. Whether this reward or punishment is contingent upon doing good deeds, or merely upon believing in God and Jesus, is the topic of discussion among different Christian groups. Some books of the Bible appear to deny the existence of the afterlife, "The dead cannot praise the Lord, nor any who go down into silence." Psalms 115:17 Christian eschatology believes that the immortal soul experiences a particular judgment after death, whilst separate from the body. The particular judgment is followed by residing either in the presence of God or in Hell, where the soul is consciously subject either to happiness or torment respectively. Heaven is eternal life with God, paradise, and only those free from sins and whom have led a "good" life can join God in heaven. ...read more.

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Once you have been cleansed of your sins you can join God in paradise (heaven). Purgatory it is not eternal, and you have hope to join God in heaven. Limbo literally means "hem" or "border" and it is the permanent place or state of those unbaptized children and others who die without personal sin as they are too young or too innocent to understand sin i.e. it is the border between realms, as you have not sinned you cannot go to hell, but as you have not been baptized or recognise God as your Lord you cannot join him in heaven. Limbo is said to be a place of happiness. Christians also believe in the Final Judgement, which is the time when the world is ending and God will judge everyone, both living and dead. Laura North A2 Level RE Mrs Jordan ...read more.

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