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Life After Death

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Introduction

Life After Death All of the major religions believe in life after death. However the ideas from religion to religion can vary greatly. I am going to look at Hinduism and Christianity, two religions that I have been surrounded by all my life, and the different perceptions they have of life after death, and then I will give my own view. "For certain is death for the born and certain is birth for the dead; therefore, over the inevitable thou shouldst not grieve." This quote from the Bhagwat Gita (Hindu holy book) sums up the Hindu perspective on life after death. Hindus believe that the time they will spend on earth is decided from the moment they are born, and that how long they will live, chosen by God, can not be changed. Therefore, if a young person dies the family can be consoled by the thought that the tine they had spent on earth was what God had intended for them. Another thought that comforts Hindus after the death of a loved one is their belief in reincarnation. ...read more.

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When Jesus died on the cross he was giving up his life for other people's sins and demonstrating the love of God. When Jesus rose again he proved that it was possible to overcome death and live with God for all eternity. Christians were freed from the burden of original sin if they followed Jesus' teaching and example and believed in him as the Son of God. Jesus said, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies' - John 11:25-26. Many Christians believe that one day Jesus will return to earth. This second coming of Jesus is called the Parousia. At the Parousia God will judge everyone and decide whether they will be given eternal life with God or whether they are to be punished in hell. Many Christians have different ideas about heaven and hell. Some follow a very traditional belief that heaven is a wonderful garden paradise where they will live for ever with God and Jesus. These people often believe that hell is a real place where people will suffer eternal torment and punishment. ...read more.

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Although some people claim to have had 'near-death' experiences, and whilst others say that they can talk to the dead or have seen ghosts, none of these can be proved. No scientific proof has ever appeared to show that anything happens to people after death. It is possible therefore that when people die they simply stop living and that there is nothing beyond life. Personally, I don't believe in God, and therefore I do not believe in Heaven, Hell, Reincarnation, or any sort of after-life. However, I do feel that, at this moment in life, religions give the bereaved a way of coming to terms with what has happened, and bring them comfort in the thought that the one who has died has gone to a better place. I feel that when someone has lost someone they loved or were close to, it is important for them to be with family and friends who can support them and help them through the difficult times. I think it is important not to let the grief take over one's life, but that one should only think of all the good the deceased brought into the world and all the happy memories that they have left behind. Anjli Chotai PRE Assessment 11MW ...read more.

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