Christian teaching reflects on what they believe. Different groups of
the Christian religion believe slightly different things, yet their
views on death and the afterlife are always defined. It is clear from
the teaching of the Bible that Christians believe death is not the
end. Evidence of this is depicted in the Christian hymn title; "It is
not death to die."
After the death of a much~loved friend or relation, Christians will
always hold a funeral ceremony. A funeral is an event to celebrate the
life, and to mourn the death of a close friend or relative who has
recently passed away.
At a funeral, the body can either be buried or cremated, and this
choice varies from person to person. A Christian's beliefs may
strongly influence their particular decision.
The service at funeral can either be simple with prayers, hymns and a
short address, or longer with Holy Communion as well. A Christian
funeral can take place at a church or a special crematorium. However,
many people argue that the money spent on funerals would be better
spent on the living.
There are two main Christian beliefs as to what happens when a person
dies. These are known as "Separate Soul" and "Bodily Resurrection."
Christians who believe in "Separate Soul," feel that after death, the
soul leaves the body and goes to Heaven, Hell or Purgatory. Christians
who believe in "Bodily Resurrection" think that after death, the whole
body will be raised, just as Jesus was.
"I am the resurrection and the life, whoever believes in me will live
even thought he dies." This Bible quotation from John 11:25 supports
the idea that traditionally, C...
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...owers of other religions may also in a
way sacrifice their lives in relation to a particular belief in the
afterlife. For example, Buddhists believe in reincarnation. They
believe that in the next life, you will either be punished or rewarded
for your actions in the previous one. They feel that all animals are
sacred and must not be harmed in any way, so if a Buddhist were to eat
meat, they would probably live your next life as an unimportant being.
After weighing up each side of the argument, I still strongly agree
with the above statement. Nevertheless, I do understand other points
of view, including that of a Christian. It is clear to see why a
devoted Christian would dedicate their life to helping others out of
their own will. They may do this because they believe life is short,
but the afterlife goes on forever.
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