Christianity 's Belief Of The Afterlife Essay

1372 Words Mar 5th, 2015 6 Pages
At the time when Paul wrote to the Corinthians and Thessalonians, he witnessed a widespread misunderstanding of Christianity’s belief in the afterlife. Contemporary Christians believe that all of God’s faithful will share in the world to come, and that one’s time on Earth is a mere fraction of their eternal life in Heaven. In the Jewish religion of Paul’s time, the end of time fostered fear and grief in the Thessalonians and Corinthians. Many believed that only those who were alive at the second coming of Jesus would be carried up into heaven, while those who died before the end would return to Earth and miss the jubilation in Heaven. This misconception caused a panic on two fronts. The Thessalonians and Corinthians were worried that they would not survive until the second coming of Jesus. Additionally, those who believed they would be saved by the Son of God became apprehensive about the idea of having to leave loved ones behind on Earth. In either case, the Thessalonians and Corinthians harbored an unfounded distrust of the afterlife. As a result, Paul addresses these misconstructions, as many prophets do, in a somewhat enigmatic manner. At the close of the two books, however, Paul’s message seems to be well received, as he imparts the truth about death and the afterlife within the Christian faith. Paul reveals Timothy’s raving review of Thessalonian society, and praises them for “standing firm in the Lord,” (1 Thessalonians 3:8). He is pleased with how they have…

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