Immortality Views Among Different Cultures and Religions

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Immortality Views among Different Cultures and Religions The concept of life after death has been around practically as long as life itself. Our beliefs about life after death can have a profound effect on our attitudes toward life. Most individual's beliefs about life after death are directly related to their cultural or religious affiliations. According to Montagu, "Of all the many forms which natural religion has assumed none probably has exerted so deep and far – reaching an influence on human life as the belief in immortality" (1955, p.15). Archeologists have discovered what is believed to be evidence of Neanderthal man's belief in life after death. They found the remains of several Neanderthals buried with such items as…show more content…
This account obviously refers to reincarnation which was a common belief among Jews of that era, which was approximately 85 AD. The Jewish book of Zohar is a text which explains that all souls are subject to trials and transmigrations. It continues to state that all souls must reenter the absolute substance from which they have emerged. This can only be achieved by becoming perfect; if perfection is not achieved within one lifetime then they must live another life and another life until finally reaching a condition which enables them to become reunited with God where they will live for eternity. Christianity has several different variations on the theme of immortality. These variations are related to the many different denominations under the umbrella of Christianity. In general, liberal Christians accept the idea that the authors of the bible held different beliefs involving heaven and hell. Some of the oldest biblical writings described an underground cavern in which all people regardless of their deeds spent eternity in after death. The books within the New Testament more commonly described hell as a place of eternal punishment. These newer books perceive hell as more of a concept than an actual place of punishment. The Protestant denomination of Christianity believes that heaven
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