Life After Death - Hao Sijia Hao English 125 Section 099...

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Hao Sijia Hao English 125 – Section 099 Short 8 November 2010 Life after Death As Homo Sapiens Sapiens , the modern species of human beings, evolved to carry increasingly complex brains and gained the capacity to wonder about deeper, philosophical reasons of their existence on Earth, culture and religion also progressed to answer their questions. Unsurprisingly, the possibility of an afterlife especially intrigues the human mind because death ubiquitously affects all living organisms. It will unavoidably claim everyone eventually. However, because no one has yet been able to return and reveal the process the soul undergoes after passing, the topic of death is still shrouded in mystery, eliciting nearly-universal sentiments of fear, doubt, and wonder. Not a single living person knows for certain the postmortem events that happen to someone after death; they can only speculate. Understandably, over the millennia, different religions have formed theories about an afterlife to try to accept and understand the concept of death. In more contemporary times, science has also formulated its own hypotheses about an existence of life after death. Both Abrahamic religions, Christianity and Islam have similar views of the afterlife based in their core beliefs. Christian ideology stems from the Holy Bible. Although many different Christian denominations hold their own variations of the belief, they all generally agree that a Judgment Day will arrive when God descends upon earth and evaluates all people based on the actions they performed during their lifetimes. Presbyterians view the afterlife in an unembellished, fundamental way with which most Christians would concur. They prescribe to
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Hao the idea that, “When you die, your soul goes to be with God, where it enjoys God's glory and waits for the final judgment. At the final judgment, bodies are reunited with souls and eternal rewards and punishments are handed out” (Donelson). Souls whose sins have been forgiven by God rise to heaven, where they enjoy the presence of God and escape all forms of suffering for eternity. Non-believers and sinners spiral downward toward Hell to be forever punished. Often, Hell is portrayed as a dungeon of fiery despair while Heaven is idealized as a blissfully peaceful sanctuary. Like Christianity, Islamic doctrine that is imbedded in its own Holy Book, the Qur’an, also states that a Judgment Day will come. Allah , the Islamic name for God, will resurrect the dead and either rewards or punishes each person for his actions during life. Muslims learn to sacrifice pleasures and temptations in their current lives on earth in order to reap the rewards in the afterlife ( Nawrozzadeh ). All who religiously observed Islamic tenets preaching actions such as kindness to all people and faithfully worshipping Allah are sent to jannah , “paradise”. Conversely, people unfaithful to Islamic ideals sent to jahannam , hell. The division in which God placed the souls will be their resting place for the rest of time. Unlike the Abrahamic religions where souls proceed down a linear path, travelling from
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