Friday, February 27, 2009
Judaism: Jewish texts have little to say about a possible afterlife, placing more the spotlight on the proper behavior in this life, not the one to come.
Christianity: The vast majority of Christians believe in heaven and hell...and that your ‘end’ depends on your deeds and faith during life.
Islam: Similar to Christians, Muslims believe in the day of judgement in the afterlife, when the dead will be divided between paradise and damnation.
Buddhism: Though specific beliefs vary by sect, Buddhists hold fast to the doctrine of reincarnation, ending only in the final liberation known as Nirvana.
Hinduism: Like Buddhism, Hindus believe in reincarnation and karma, with the status of your next life depending on your acts in this one.
Taoism: Life and death are flip sides of the Tao, and death is a transformation from being to non-being, with no heaven or hell.
Gaining after life:
In the Asian cultures and religions, afterlife is related with your life-on-earth and your well-doings.
In Christianity, martyrdom can only gained through pacifistic means and practices.
In Islam, however – since there is still a lot of confusion and denial about how to interpret the Q’ran - after life can be reached through Jihad, as divers sects points out: killing infidels. Islam and Confucianism are the only religions/philosophies which legitimates war.