Buddhism - After you die you are
reincarnated. The goal is to get out of this Ferris wheel cycle and
eliminate want. This peace is called nirvana.
Death is not the end of existence. Judaism leaves a lot of room
for personal opinion, but basically believes in a heaven and hell.
Some day a messiah will come and resurrect the dead. The wicked may be
tormented with demons, or in the alternative, Jews can believe that
the wicked are simply destroyed and no longer exist.
- There will be a day of reckoning where Allah will judge the
living and the dead. The soul remains in a deep sleep until judgment
day. Non Muslims can attain heaven if they go through a purification
process in the fires of purgatory.
Hinduism - Their
belief bears some similarity to Buddhism in that they believe in
reincarnation. If you were a generous person you would be reincarnated
as a wealthy person. (Karma) This cycle is considered not good, and
the goal is to get out of it. "Moksha" is the term for
release from the endless chain of deaths and rebirths. You can reach
this by practicing a highly disciplined form of yoga and attain proper
knowledge. When reached, you merge into the cosmic Brahma. This can be
described as like a drop of water in the ocean. You are no longer an
individual. They also believe that sins can be cleansed in purgatory
like the Islam.
Christian - They believe in an
afterlife based upon your conduct on earth; ending up in heaven or
hell. This is determined at a final judgment day where the dead will
rise from the graves and be determined as to their destination. The
Catholic Church believes that hell fire is for eternity, but there
exists a purgatory, a stage between heaven and hell after which time
one will proceed to heaven.
Alternative Christian belief
- Even though Christians believe in the day of Judgment at which
time the dead will rise from their graves, there is a conflicting
belief held by most Christians. That is, that after one dies, there is
a belief in an active spirit amongst us. Phrases like "I know my
mother is proud of me" are common place. Or, "I can feel his
or her presence", is another example. This alternative belief is
in complete conflict with the Bible, yet most Christians believe both.
A rational conclusion is that both are not possible.
- Simply when you die, you no longer exist. Your only trace of
existence would be in the minds of those left behind.
||David L. Johnson
Bullhead City, Arizona