The Teachings and Beliefs of Christians About Death and What Might Happen Afterwards

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The Teachings and Beliefs of Christians About Death and What Might Happen Afterwards

There are many varied views on the afterlife that Christians hold.

Depending on denomination there are many different teachings. The

fundamental teaching is that when we die God judges us and depending

on that judgement many believe we will either go to heaven or hell.

The timing and the manner in which this is done is what varies. Most

Christian denominations teach that there is a heaven and a hell.

"Heaven", it has been suggested means "the roof of the world". This

would be backed up by beliefs in ancient Hebrew times that God was

found in high places.

Exodus 19:11

"And be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come

down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people"

In the New Testament, Heaven is called; "The Kingdom of Heaven"

(Matthew 3), "The Kingdom of God" (Mark 9:46) and "The Great Reward

(Matthew 5:12).

Christians believe that heaven is a place where your soul goes when

you die to spend eternal life with God. The views of heaven as being

in the clouds with angels, praying and praising God the whole time

doesn't seem to appealing for 20th century people. The people who

wrote it however were trying to explain something that had never been

seen so therefore it was down to the individual to interpret heaven

how they wanted. Heaven is referred to as a "white" and God is said to

be sitting on "a great white throne" Revelations 20.

"Hell" in the English language comes from Old English, "Hel", meaning

underworld. They teach that hell is place that you spend eternity

without God's presence. Many Christians used t...

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...believe that God

called us to live for him and living for him means you have to follow

Jesus' example.

For an atheist this quote would be completely true. They would see the

afterlife, as non-existent so therefore what happens when we die will

not matter. Apart from personal morals and the law, atheists do not

have any rules upon which they live their life. Sex before marriage,

drugs and alcohol means nothing to them apart from the consequences

that may follow. They are able to live a fun life believing that it

will not affect an afterlife.

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