Life After Death Essay

1125 Words Apr 21st, 2001 5 Pages
What is going to happen to us when we will die? Some people never considered what it could happen to them after life. For many people, death is a redoubtable event because they do not know what to expect after their death. However, other persons, such as religious people are conscious of what to expect after their death because of their beliefs. Each religion has different ideas and different ways of looking life. Death, therefore, is viewed by different religions in many ways. Although, different religions have a distinct conception of death, they all have something in common: they all give hope to people. Among all different religions in the world, four of the most common ones - Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, and Hindu- view death in …show more content…
For example, if a soul in the purgatory asks for forgiveness and pays the punition with some tests, the soul will be released and moved immediately to Heaven (2). If a person during his or her life does not commit any sins, then he or she will go to the Paradise. The light of God illuminates the Paradise. There, the souls are totally purified and they can rest in peace. "In the Paradise, embodying the knowledge of divine mysteries bestowed by Grace, who leads the soul through the successive ascending levels of Heaven to the Empyrean, where the soul is allowed to glimpse, for a moment, the glory of God"(Divina Commedia, 27). Therefore, death is viewed in the Catholic religion in a prospective of three different worlds: Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. Death can be viewed in the Jewish religion. In the Jewish religion, when somebody dies there will be eternal existence determined by the moral behavior and attitude during his or her course of life. "Afterlife is seen as a way to reflect the ultimate justice of human existence"(Joseph Telushkin, 2). When a person make sins in his or her life, his or her soul will be punished in a place called "Gehenna". However, since God is filled with mercy and love, punishment is not to be considered eternal. Punishment might be self-determined on the basis of suffering in kind the suffering the person brought about (Telushkin, 3).

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