RE- matters of life and death: life after death

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Why Christians believe in life after death

  • The resurrection of Jesus
  • Jesus tells Christians that they will be brought back to life (John 11:25)
  • Jesus teaches that he is the key to eternal life (John 3:16-17)
  • St Paul teaches about life after death and how the body will be transformed from a physical body to be a spiritual one when it is raised (1 Corinthians 15:20, 35-8, 42-4)
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How these beliefs affect Christians

  • Some Christians belief in the Resurrection; that after death the body stays in the grave until the day of judgement. When everyone will be raised from the dead and be judges by God. As such they want to lead good lives so that they can go to heaven
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Why Muslims believe in life after death

  • The Quran and Muhammed state that it exists
  • It is one of the '6 Fundamental beliefs' of Islam
  • Life is a test reward/punishment can only come in the next life
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How these beliefs affect Muslims

  • To get to heaven they will lead a good life- following the 5 Pillars is a way to do this- also follow Shari'ah law- all this gives meaning and purpose to their life and so they would be less likely to commit suiside
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Non-Religious reasons for believing in life after

  • Near- death experiences- people who have had these say that they were travelling through a tunnel or toward a light e.g. research of Dr S Parnia
  • Existence of the spirit world/ghosts- who are thought to be the spirits of the dead that are sometimes visible to the living. Use mediums and ouija boards
  • Reincarmation- people claim that they can remember previous lives e.g. case of Taranjit Singh
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The case against life after death

  • Scientific evidence shows that when the body dies, everything decays
  • No one has returned from the dead to tell us
  • The end of life means exactly that, it is illogical to speak about life after death
  • Life-support machines prove the brain dies before the body
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