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Explain the reasons why some religious people believe in life after death.

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(a) Explain the reasons why some religious people believe in life after death. There are a variety of reasons why religious people believe in life after death. For example, in the context of Hinduism, our life after death can explain the purpose of our current life. The law of karma teaches that our actions in our current life will affect the nature of our future lives. Good karma will allow us to break free of moksha- the cycle of birth, death and re-birth, and follow the Path of the Sun, where they will be re-united with God. Therefore, Hindus may believe in life after death because it will motivate them to perform good actions, as they know that they will be rewarded for it. Similar to Hindus, Christians also believe in life after death because it gives a purpose to their current life- living a good life can aid them in being accepted into Heaven, and living a bad life will mean that their soul will be tortured in Hell. ...read more.


Therefore, many Hindus will include yoga and praying as part of their daily routine, and the practice of yoga may change the way they live their lives because they will have greater control over their mind. Christians will be influenced in living their lives differently because they know that everything that they do will be judged at Judgement Day, and this will decide whether they will go to Heaven or Hell. Therefore, not only will Christians try and lead good lives in order to be accepted into Heaven, such as by giving money to the poor, but they will also avoid committing bad actions, like theft, because of fear of going to Hell. Furthermore, the belief in life after death means that Christians have hope that their life will have a purpose, 'those who have died before Christ's return will be raised to life' (Corinthians 15v42). ...read more.


It may also be argued by both Hinduism and Christianity that trying to perform good actions in order to gain a good future life or go to Heaven is an act of selfishness, since we are only concerned about ourselves and not of trying to please God. However, there is a need to plan for our future life if we want to have a good future life. In Hinduism, the law of karma teaches that Hindus must perform good karma (actions) in order to be re-united with God. By not attempting to have a good future life, Hindus will be trapped in moksha- the cycle of birth, death and re-birth. Christianity warns people of the need to make preparations because failure to do so could mean that they will go to Hell. Preparing for life after death is particularly important in Christianity because unlike Hinduism, people are only allowed one chance on Earth to prove themselves to be good people to God. Section B Life After Death ...read more.

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