Importance of the present life: Christianity



The present life is very important

  • It's preperation for the next life:
    Rick Warren - Purpose given life "THIS LIFE IS NOT ALL THERE IS! Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production. You will spend far more time on the other side of death - in eternity - than you will here. This life is preparation for the next"                                                                                                                                                                                God has…planted eternity in the human heart.” Ecl. 3:11 (NLT)
  • Actions determine the outcome of the afterlife: Whilst there are different orthodox Christian beliefs – Catholics, Protestants, the Baptists and other Christians, the core of Christian belief about the afterlife is that there is an afterlife, that conduct on earth – how we behave - will determine where in the afterlife you will eventually end up. That there is a hell for the wicked ones and there is heaven for those who behaved well. Additionally, the Catholic Church suggests there is an afterlife state which is between heaven and hell the Catholic Church calls ‘purgatory.’ The theological teaching is that after a time of purgation, the spirit will eventually be progress and will go to heaven. There are other Christians, the Protestants, who do not accept purgatory. Catholic theology also states that sinners can confess their sins to Catholic priests and those sins are forgiven for ever – it does not matter how grave the sins might be – including genocide – if the sinner truly repents, he will be forgiven. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" - John 3:16
  • The present life is the beginning of the kingdom of God (Inaugurated eschatology). Inaugrated eschatology is a certain scheme of eschatology—the study of the latter days or the end times. Inaugurated eschatology basically says that the kingdom of God, as


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