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Explain what Christians Believe about... 1. The death of Jesus 2. Life after death

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Suffering, death and resurrection. Ao1- Explain what Christians Believe about... 1. The death of Jesus 2. Life after death 1. There are many Christian interpretations of Jesus' death. Christians believe Jesus died to save them from sin, so therefore also from death. In the Christian mass they say: 'Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life.' This means that Jesus' death was a ransom to release them from sin and to give them eternal life. He paid the price for their sins in order to save them from the devil. 'For even the Son of Man did not come to be serve, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.' Mk11, 45 Jesus is saying that God sent him to be a suffering Messiah, to serve and not be the great fighter and king that the Jews expected. They were given free will, so they had a choice to sin; this separated them from God. ...read more.

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Christians also believe that if they choose sin, they do not go to heaven they go to hell, they choose death. Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead to show triumph of good over evil and life over death. It shows that Jesus is the Lord and that there is eternal life for all. The resurrection of Jesus also shows that God vindicated him through his death. 'Very early on Sunday morning at sunrise, they went to the tomb...Then they looked up and saw that the stone had been rolled back. So they entered the tomb where they saw a man...'Mk 16, 2-5 This shows that Jesus rose from the dead, he triumphed over evil. Ao2- Explain why the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus are important for Christians today The death of Jesus gives Christians meaning and purpose to their life. It is important because they believe that if they don't sin they will be awarded with eternal life with God in heaven. ...read more.

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Christians would compromise beliefs, but in extreme circumstances be prepared to die. You don't have to give your life to a faith by dying, but by spending it on someone else. Oscar Romero risked his life in order to help others, he wouldn't compromise his beliefs. Because of this he was murdered. In my view a Christian would give up their life, although I do see why this is just considered as a waste of time. Non- Christians could not believe in eternal life, life after death, so they compromise their beliefs in order to live their life as much as possible. But Christians believe that when you die you have eternal life with God in heaven, but only if you are good. Speaking as a Christian, I would find it hard to die for my beliefs, but would die for my beliefs than to live without them. Weighing up the arguments I feel that Christians would die for their beliefs, rather than compromising it, than living without their faith. But only die for their beliefs in extreme circumstances. Matthew Bonner, 10MCO Religious Studies 30/04/2007 Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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