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Christian  beleifs about the soul

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The Soul

  • A non-physical part of us with feelings and thought
  • Is the real essence of a person
  • Created by God
  • It cannot be destroyed, immortal, eternal
  • It leaves the physical body, when we die
  • It reunites with God in heaven
  • Quote: "God created Adam from the ground and breathed life into him" (Genisis 2:7)
  • Described as the "breathe of life"
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Christian Beleifs about

Life after Death 

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  • It is eternal
  • Begining of new life - flowers are used at funerals
  • There is no marriage in heaven
  • You will be rewarded by how you lived your life of earth
  • God will judge us according to our faith and actions - Day of judgement
  • Purgatory:cleansing of the soul, ready for heaven, a catholic beleif
  • Salvation: God saves us by giving us a chance to be fogiven and enter heaven
  • Life on earth is preparation for the next life
  • Quote: "I will create new heavens and a new earth" (Isaiah)
  • Quote: The sheep and the goats - "I was hungry and you....." (Matt 25)

Others beleive:

  • Atheists beleive this is the only life and our sould dies when we die.
  • Hindu's believe in reincarnation - we come back as another animal depending on how we lived our life e.g a sinful person comes back as a cockroach.
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Christian Beleifs about Heaven

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  • Eternal presence of God
  • Description - light, singing, beauty, peace, rainbow, throne of God, perfect, awe, no evil or suffering or mourning
  • People who have lives thier lives for God and with with love for others will enter heaven.
  • Quote: "The wolf and the lamb will feed together.....but dust will be the serpents food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holr mountain"
  • Quote: The sheep and the goats (Matt 25)
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Christians Beliefs about Hell

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  • The church used to see it as eternal suffering and torture for non - beleivers
  • Used fear of hell to encourage people to be christians
  • Salvation Army: Tries to help others to save thier souls from damnation
  • People who have sinned throughout thier life will be given the punishement of hell
  • The absense of God for eternity
  • Others beleive in Annahalation: When the soul is also destroyed when we die.
  • Quote:"If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person, for God's temple is sacred and you together are that temple" (Corinthians 3)
  • Quote: The Sheep and the goats - "Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you didn't give me food to eat....."
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Christian Funerals

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Christian Funerals:

  • Bible Readings - readings on afterlife and eternal life
  • Eulogy: Talk or speech, sharing of memories, acheivements, usually friend or family member
  • Prayers: Said for friends and family, for God to support them and the dead people is entrusted to the care of God.
  • Hymns: Hymns about eternal life will be sung
  • Holy communion: Reminder of Christ at the last supper, He died for us to save our sins and gave us eternal life.
  • Body is cremated or put in a coffin
  • Flowers are used as a symbol of new life
  • Candles are used to remind us of the holy spirit which is in everyone.
  • Quote: "I am the resurrection and the life, He who beleives in me will live, even though he dies." (John 11)
  • Quote: Beginning prayer - "Lord, thank you for the gift of life both now and when we die"
  • Quote: "Father, into your hands we commend our brother/sister"
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Thanks!, the funeral part really helped me :) 


Thanks :) Just check your spelling :-P

thomas carroll

Really helpful cheers!

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