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Explain what Christians believe about the death of Jesus and life after death.

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Suffering, Death and Resurrection Coursework Explain what Christians believe about the death of Jesus and life after death The death of Jesus is one of the most important Christian beliefs throughout all Christian Churches. Christians believe that the death of Jesus holds many meanings for all of us: it was the means of salvation, a form of atonement and it gave us the chance of reconciliation so that through his death the gates of heaven have been opened where we can achieve eternal life. Jesus faced opposition throughout his life, this conflict came to its culmination before Jesus' death, in the temple, at Gethsemane and particularly at the trials. His death was a result of both religious and political factors. The questions put to Jesus at his trials illustrate the religious and political differences. At the Jewish trial Jesus was asked "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"(Mk.14:61) which is of obvious religious significance. ...read more.


It brings us one step closer to God, and strengthens our relationship with him. Jesus' death was a fulfilment of the Old Testament scriptures and a fulfilment of the Father's will. The suffering and death of Jesus were inevitable, it was predicted in the Old Testament by Daniel and Isaiah and then by Jesus himself: "He began to teach them that the Son of Man was destined to suffer grievously...and to be put to death." (Mk. 8:31) Jesus was obedient to God's wishes, he learned obedience and achieved perfection through his suffering and therefore Jesus earned his position as Lord of Humanity. The Resurrection is the basis of Christianity. Christians are resurrectionists, we believe in life after death. Although Christian Churches have different views on life after death we all share some common views, that death is not the end. Through the Resurrection, victory has triumphed over death. The Resurrection is to a new world free of corruption and sin ruled by God. ...read more.


Protestants tend to argue that they are saved by their faith alone because they can do nothing more to make them acceptable to God, this is know as 'Justification by Faith'. Orthodox Churches say bodies will be restored to life again on the last day. Some Christians believe in predestination, that God has already decided who will go to heaven and who will go to hell. Presbyterians believe that in order to be saved you have to repent of your sinful life by returning to God through Christ and find his mercy. Although some of the Christian Churches' views differ we share some basic knowledge and understanding of the death of Jesus and life after death. We all believe that the Suffering, Death and Resurrection was part of God's plan and that Jesus died to save us from our sins and that through his death we have been reconciled with God. Christians also believe that the Resurrection has brought us closer to God and eternal life where we will all be united with God, therefore the Resurrection has answered the question, "Is there anything after this life?" Bronagh Kealey ...read more.

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