Life After Death Essay

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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
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It also meant than human beings would not be
immortal and would eventually die. There was no suggestion that they
would go to heaven. Christianity developed from Judaism. This religion
believed originally that when people died they went to a dark place
under the earth called Sheol. Later, Jews began to believe that they
might share some sort of eternal life with God after death. 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…