The christian and buddhist perspectives on death and the afterlife

Buddhism on the Afterlife

Crossway Books, We are told relatively little about what activities will occur in heaven. NDEs are encounters where a person, being in full awareness, leaves the body and enters another world. The notion of skillful means in Mahayana Buddhism led to other interpretations of salvation, such as rebirth in a Pure Land, where one could continue to aspire to enlightenment in pleasant surroundings without fear of rebirth in human form.

Despite the fact that the evils or sins which disbelieving people commit vary in their degree and kind, the punishment is uniform for unbelievers and all receive the same retribution. Mahayana texts also refer to hells into which one might be reborn, usually in the context of rescuing others from a hellish domain, or transferring merit to those in such a place.

Understanding Death: An Introduction to Ideas of Self and the Afterlife in World Religions

Views differ as to what is required to get to heaven, and conceptions of heaven differ as well. A great future is in store for those in Christ. Believers would be brought to heaven where they would dwell with God eternally. Our works are the building on this foundation.

A slightly smaller majority of Christians believe in hell, a place of suffering where unbelievers or sinners are punished.

Where Do I Go When I Die?: Christian and Buddhist Views

The works of wood, hay, and straw are works done with the wrong motives to glorify self. Atheists believe that at death one ceases to exist.

Notions of heavens and hells eventually became a part of popular Buddhism throughout Asia. International Commentary on the New Testament: The comparison between the Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead, Taoism, and Kabbalistic conceptionsalso reveals similarities.

Though Jews were to represent God in the context of their lives, they did not have a primary goal to convert non-Jews. Let us understand that NDEs come from those who have been clinically dead, not biologically dead.

Buddhism arose within the context of Indian religion about the sixth century B. Not only is this life portrayed as unattractive, the prospect of nirvana, in which one dissolves into nothingness, seems even less desirable.

Although the demonic spirit may communicate some truths, the ultimate intention of the spirit is to deceive and take one away from the Lord. Zukeran brings a biblical perspective to a question we all would like to know: Although great thoughts, they fall short of the glorious future that actually awaits those in Christ.

Embraced by the Light. They condemn the Anabaptists, who think that there will be an end to the punishments of condemned men and devils. A comprehensive survey of how religions understand death, dying, and the afterlife, drawing on examples from Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Shamanic perspectives.

Buddhist Afterlife Beliefs Buddha accepted the basic Hindu doctrines of reincarnation and karma, as well as the notion that the ultimate goal of the religious life is to escape the cycle of death and rebirth.

Christian beliefs about the afterlife vary between denominations and individual Christians, but the vast majority of Christians believe in some kind of heaven, in which the deceased enjoy the presence of God and loved ones for eternity. Buddhism is centered upon the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, whereas Christianity is centered on the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ.

Buddhism is a nontheistic religion, i.e., it does not believe in a supreme creator being a.k.a. God. Christianity is a monotheistic religion and believes. Most worldviews must accept their belief in the afterlife on untested faith, but the Christian hope is sure for two reasons; the resurrection of Christ and the testimony of God’s Word.

The Bible gives us the true view of what happens after death. Major religious traditions of the world contain perspectives of perennial importance on the topic of death and afterlife.


Such concepts are not only reflected directly in mortuary and funerary practices, but also inform patterns of beliefs and rituals that shape human lifestyles.

The christian and buddhist perspectives on death and the afterlife
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