Religious Studies: Life after Death

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What do Christians believe about death?
That it is not the end and there is life after death.
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Can Christians explain fully what life after death will be like? Explain.
No, but they refer to teachings in the Bible but believe it is part of their journey to be reunited with God and therefore it is impossible to know exact details
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What do general ideas suggest will happen after death?
That Christians will be reunited with loved ones.
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What did Jesus promise?
That there would be a place for all who believed in him.
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What to Christians believe continues on after death? To where?
That the immortal soul continues on a journey or eternal lifer in Heaven, Hell or Purgatory.
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When was Jesus crucified on a cross?
On Good Friday.
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What do Christians often believe happened to Jesus after he was crucified?
That three days later he rose again and was resurrected, marked by the festival of Easter.
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Give two Christian terms that are usually associated with Jesus.
Salvation and redemption.
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What two titles is jesus often attributred with? What is it's former and latter meaning?
'Saviour of the World' and 'Redeemer' - the former meaning he came to earth to save poeple from their sins and latter meaning someone who saves others from sin and damnation
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Why do Christians believe Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross for?
In order to redeem believers from the original sin of Adam and Eve
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What did Jesus' suffering on the cross allow those who believe in and follow him to do?
Be forgiven for their sins and enter heaven. Christians believe that it is through the suffering of Christ that people can be forgiven and also achieve Salvation by following the example of Jesus.
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What do Christians believe you must do to get to Heaven?
Follow God's way on earth and not have sinned. - or if you have sinned and repented.
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What is Heaven seen as?
A place free of suffering where you will spend eternity with God.
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"There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain"
A Bible reference to Heaven - many Christians believe it is a place where suffering and evil don't exist.
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Which Christian church mainly believes in purgatory?
Roman Catholics.
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Who goes to purgatory?
The souls of people who have died but are not ready to go to heaven.
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Talk about purgatory in the middle ages.
It was common, in the middle ages, for rich people to leave money for prayers to be said after their death to decrease their stay in purgatory.
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Some Christians believe in Hell - what is Hell?
A place of pain and suffering. It is seen as an eternal place without God.
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Talk about Hell in the medieval period.
In the Medieval Period many pieces of art depicted a frightening view of hell; it was shown as a place of torment and suffering, often associated with ideas of fire and steam where pain and torture were common elements.
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Why was the idea of hell often used?
To try and get people to be morally good and follow the teachings of Christianity for fear of ending in Hell.
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Do many Christians believe the Biblical descriptions of Hell to be literal or symbolic? Explain.
Symbolic - in order to try and help people understand a very difficult concept.
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What is some Christians different interpretation of Hell?
That it is an idea at the point of death, the body and soul no longer exist.
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What do Christians attribute as the two main roles to God?
That he is eternal, and believed to be present at the start of the world as creator and the end of the world as judge.
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What do Christians hold God as?
The ultimate and only judge of all of humanity.
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After death, what do Christians believe God will do?
Judge each human individually according to they way they have lived their lives, their faith and actions. Christians believe God holds all the qualities necessary for a good, fair judge.
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According to the apostles creed, what will God judge? when?
The 'living and the dead' at the end of time.
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What does the book of Revelation in the Bible state?
That there are two books - one containing the deeds people have done in their lives and the other containing all the names of all those who have shown belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
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Christians who have believed and responded to Jesus will be what? What about those who haven't?
Rewarded, however, those who havent' will be punished.
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What do Christians believe they will be punished to determine?
Their future in the afterlife on their actions and beliefs on Earth.
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What does the parable of the 'Sheep and Goats' from the Bible explain?
How God will judge humans.
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What were parables?
Stories told by Jesus with a hidden or deeper meaning and were considered a good method of explaining complex ideas to people.
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What is the parable of the Sheep and Goats used to teach the idea of?
That when the day of judgement comes, humans will be separated into two groups. Those who have lived good lives and followed Jesus will be rewarded whilst those who have not are damned to an eternity in Hell without God.
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There is a very ________ relationship between life on earth, judgement and the afterlife.
Distinct.
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According to Christians, what determines how you are judged and where you spend eternity in the afterlife?
Your life and actions on earth.
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How is the behaviour of a Christian's impacted because of belief in afterlife?
They often live their lives always aware of the consequence of the afterlife and will try to lead lives according to God in order to attain the desired outcome.
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Because the judgement Christians receive after death depends on their behaviour and faith in God during their life, how are Christians encouraged to live their life?
Morally - according to the Laws of God.
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What do Christians believe they should do when they've done wrong.
Recognise that they've done wrong and confess it to God in order to achieve forgiveness.
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Who must Christians put their trust and faith in? Why?
God - who will guide them to eternal life with him in heaven.
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