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Explain how Christian and Muslims teachings / beliefs on 'life after death'

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Explain how Christian and Muslims teachings/beliefs on 'life after death' One of the many questions that humans have asked them selves is 'what happens to us when we die?' The three most common beliefs are: 1. the body rots away underground and that's the end 2. you either go to heaven or go to hell 3. you will be either reborn or re-incarnated Death produces a lot of different emotions, fear, anxiety, shock, pain, anger, loss, hurt and relief are just a few of them. For some people death is a form of release, an end to any pain they have suffered, and to other people death is a' doorway' to another life. Christians live their lives according to the teachings of Jesus which are found in the Bible - an account of how God created the world and how man should live in that world. Christians believe that Jesus died and was then resurrected. He taught Christians not to be afraid of death. An important belief of the Christian faith is that 'we believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting'. Christians believe in life after death, while the body decays the soul lives on. Jesus said " he who believes in me will live even though he dies: and whoever lives and believes in me will never die" (John Chapter 11). ...read more.

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by killing somebody, not only will that person spend eternity in hell (as our Christian beliefs tell us), but that person will also spend their life in jail or be lawfully executed depending in which country they live in. If a person stole something, then they would be fined or sent to jail. Jesus said 'let him without sin cast the first stone', so that any punishment should be given which fits the crime, and should show compassion when it is needed. Just suppose that somebody killed one of your children - it would be very hard not to get revenge by then murdering that person. It would be easy to sympathise with the parent of that child and to offer compassion when giving them punishment. If someone stole a loaf of bread because he could not afford to feed his family, again it would be easy to feel sorry for this person and to show leniency when giving him some form of punishment. It would also be very difficult to believe that a kind and caring God would forgive him and let that person into heaven but instead send him to hell when he eventually died. The Ten Commandments were literally carved in stone and the more strict of religious beliefs say that they should be followed to the letter. ...read more.

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Science, information, knowledge, technology and the freedom of choice take up a large part of our lives these days and there does not seem to be much room left for myths and beliefs that cannot be proved to exist. Faith cannot be proved either but I do have faith and try my best to help other people when I can. It's just as though we don't have any time or room left for faith these days. I do though believe you should live your life according to Common Law or the laws of your country as much as possible. That is, do not kill or do not steal but I also happen to think that the law should be as flexible enough to offer sympathy and compassion when it is needed. I do not think they should be any discrimination neither between men and women or people of different races or religions. The law should cover everybody without showing favouritism or prejudice one person or to one country. The amount of punishment should fit the crime, and be given out with wisdom, intelligence and common sense. People who commit particularly evil crimes should be severely punished and I do hope that they go to hell when they die. I do think that laws are based on the Ten Commandments or God's word, and will try very hard to follow these rules throughout my life. 2 1 ...read more.

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