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.
"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
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
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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One World, Many Issues - Textbook
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