Various religions across the world employ several different concepts that non-believers often find very strange or difficult to grasp. There is however a concept that is universally understood and somewhat accepted by the vast majority of our contemporary society. This is of course the concept of an afterlife. The afterlife can be defined as a sort of state of being where the consciousness of an individual persists even after the physical death of the body. This concept plays a central role in nearly all religions that employ it and is sometimes dependent on the existence of a God. However, not all religions that employ the concept of an afterlife revolve around the existence of a God and taking into account the primal instinct of self-preservation
They believe that the afterlife takes place in a series of levels or hierarchies that a person can fall into, based on the life type of life that they live. Once a person dies, they will be in the best shape that they have ever been in, with peak physical and mental conditions (Williams, 48). After a person has died, they will remain in a state of misery or a state of delight based on the actions that they made while they were living and whether or not they accepted Christ into their lives. Williams states that there are four “eternal retirement communities” that a person can be placed into in the afterlife (54): Level one is the best level “Celestial Glory”; this is the place where God lives. In order for a person to live here, they have to have a strong connection with God and the teachings of Christ.
Burying the dead is something that Antigone felt strongly about and thought that all people should have the right to after they leave us. Do we not all believe that burying the dead is a religious belief that we all share for what is morally right? Clearly, people of Thebes, if you do not share in this belief that burying the dead is a part of our moral beliefs, then clearly you also do not believe in new life after we pass over. Before Antigone died she spoke, “But I will bury him; and if I must die,/I say that this crime is holy: I shall lie down/With him in death, and I shall be as dear/ To him as he to me” (816).
Many of us have thought about life after death. What happens to us after we die? Where do we go? What happens to our body? Do we go to heaven? Do we go to hell? Does our spirit live on? Does our soul find a different person? Many questions can arise from the thought of immortality. For those who believe in life after death, those beliefs may differ greatly. William Rowe’s article Life After Death focuses on the various beliefs of immortality and the problems with those beliefs. In researching William Rowe, the author of the article I chose, I found that he was a professor of philosophy at Purdue University. Rowe converted from Christian to an atheist. I found it interesting that he chose this conversion because of the fact that
Upanishads are philosophical texts that deal with reality and eternity. It introduces the issue of reincarnation. Bhagavad-Gita is an epic poem that is written in the form of a dialogue between the hero Arjuna and the deity Krishna. The Hindus believe there is only one true god who is the creator of the universe. Hindus believe that when you die your soul will become immortalized.
“What will happen to me when I die? “This is a highly important question in the Christian worldview we believe in eternal life after death. Is there life after death? I think it depends on our choice and our personal relationship with God. Our choice of receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior or not while living on earth is believed to determine our eternal state in two literal places called Heaven and Hell.
In reality, Hindus still believe in Brahman, one Supreme Being. Hinduism affects ones entire life and being. Hinduism is both monotheistic and polytheistic in my opinion. Since there are so many different components of Hinduism I don’t think it could be classified under these 2 categories. I find
When death takes its path, where do you go? Is there a Heaven or Hell, does the afterlife exist? Everybody has different beliefs, but no one knows what path we take when we are nonexistent. Typically, Heaven is praised and Hell is feared. When you think of Hell you picture endless lands of fire and eternal suffering.
Buddhism/Hinduism vs. Christianity: Afterlife The concept of afterlife is different for many. Some would say there is a heaven or hell, or some would believe in the concept of reincarnation. The answer varies from different peoples perspective in terms of their religion or personal opinion; yet despite these differences it is agreed that different concepts of afterlife in different religions can have a certain degree of similarity or comparison. Although Buddhism/Hinduism and Christianity are three different religions in terms of where the soul enters in afterlife; they do have many similarities such as a reward and punishment system and second chances to redeem oneself.
When we are dead, we will not exist or experience anything. Death is the destination of our life journey on this planet. When we are dead, we are no longer physically present on this planet. To us, everything is over. According to Epicurus, “So death, the most terrifying of evils, is nothing to us, because as long as we exist death is not present, whereas when death is present we do not exist.
Judaism; one of three Abrahamic faiths, is one of the oldest religions in the world that exists today. ("BBC - Religion: Judaism," n.d.) Followers of this religion are referred to as Jews, and their beliefs are based on the idealization that there is only one God. When pertaining to death, an essential principle of Judaism’s belief is in techiat ha-meitim, meaning the ‘resurrection of the dead’. This concept of death not being the end and the idea of the future entailing the restoration of souls, is an underlying influence on the way Jews approach death.
If there is a quantum code for all things, living and dead, then there is an existence after death (speaking in purely physical terms). Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr, former head of the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, posits that, just as a particle "writes" all of its information on its wave function, the brain is the tangible "floppy disk" on which we save our data, and this data is then "uploaded" into the spiritual quantum field. Continuing with this analogy, when we die the body, or the physical disk, is gone, but our consciousness, or the data on the computer, lives on.
It is not until children grow up that they realize there are other answers to questions. We grow up believing different types of the afterlife because it is something everyone does. Even if there is no explanation or solid evidence, to keep on living, people need something to keep themselves from giving up in life if they know for sure that there is nothing for them after. Why keep living when you are going to end up being forgotten and putting everything you did be done for nothing? Believing in an afterlife or at least having an explanation in human minds about what will happen after life is needed for our cognitive thoughts to allow us to keep moving on with our
“Hinduism is a religious system that has grown and developed from an even older religion based on the Vedas, which are ancient and sacred Hindu writings.” This older religion was created in India, from about 2000 to 1000 B.C. only thing is that it was created orally, and then it was created in written texts by sacred texts during a period of about 1500 B.C. to 900 B.C. the idea of Hinduism includes the important belief of transmigration. This belief declares the existence the innermost self or soul, whether it is in a great or low being, this has been unchanged. There is happy or poor and suffering according to its moral or immoral behavior. This explanation of life situations is known as the law of karma and the process is called samsara.