What The Tradition Teaches About Life After Death

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1. Explain what the tradition teaches about life after death and why this belief is significant to members of this religious tradition Many people are not sure about life after death but the Catholic Church teaches otherwise. The Scriptures teach that it is natural to die. “There is a season for everything… A time for giving birth, a time for dying.”- Ecclesiastes 3:1-2. For Christians, the meaning to death is found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which Catholics celebrate in the Eucharist. Judgement is believed to then come after death and we will each be judged, and rewarded or punished due to how we have lived our life on earth. St. Paul writes, “All of us must appear before Christ to be judged by him. All will receive what they deserve, according to everything they have done, good or bad in the bodily life. - 2 Corinthians 5:10. The Catholic Church also teaches that for a Catholic, death marks the climax of a person’s life on earth. For committed Catholic’s, death becomes their most meaningful act. Catholics also believe that their physical life is short so it motivates them to live a faithful life filled with mercy and love. Eventually, if they have done this, they will be rewarded. There is also the reassurance that they will be reunited with loved one who have already passed before them. We know this by Christ’s death and resurrection because he has changed the nature of our death. That we too will go to heaven. That Jesus destroyed the power of

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