Life after death


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Life after death

  1. 1. Tuesday, 06 December 2011 What do religions believe happens when people die? Aims: • To know what Christians and Buddhists believe about life after death • Understand how beliefs about life after death affect believers their lives
  2. 2. What do Christians believe happen when we die?• All Christians believe in life after death. They all agree that Jesus died and rose from the dead and that there will be an afterlife for those who love and believe in him.• Their evidence comes from the resurrection of Jesus, the teaching of the Bible and of the Church (the Creed). However, Christians have different views about what happens when you die.• Most believe in either the immortality of the soul or the resurrection of the body
  3. 3. How does the Bible describe the afterlife?Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated onit. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, andthere was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great andsmall, standing before the throne, and books were opened.Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The deadwere judged according to what they had done as recorded inthe books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and deathand Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and eachperson was judged according to what they had done. Thendeath and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake offire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not foundwritten in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelations 20:11-15
  4. 4. The effect on Christians’ lives• Belief in life after death affects the way Christians live their lives• Christians believe that they will be judged by God after death, so they live within the guidelines given in the Bible and by the Church. This affects how they live and how they treat others• The fact that Jesus rose from the dead gives them hope that they will also rise, and that they will be rewarded for their time on Earth
  5. 5. • It offers comfort to those who have suffered the death of a loved one.• The promise of Heaven offers an explanation for suffering experienced in this life• The promise of an afterlife means forgiveness for Christians who have repented, and new hope for a better future
  6. 6. What do Buddhists think happen when we die?• Read page 11 in the orange book• Watch this clip and this clip – Tibetan Buddhist views
  7. 7. Plenary: Watch this and complete the table Christian belief Shared belief Buddhist belief