The Afterlife

Nearly every religion in the world examines some belief in life after death. Some are similar; many are different. Even science has attempted to answer the question of what happens to us after we die.

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Did the Mayans believe in an afterlife?

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Yes, they did. it is described in their hieroglyphs that have been only partly deciphered.
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What do Jews believe will happen after death?

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One of the central beliefs of Judaism is that the soul continues to exist and is treated in accordance with the person's actions while he or she was alive. This applies to all people. The Hebrew Bible doesn't dwell at length on the afterlife. However, that is not meant to diminish its importance. Rather, it means that we are to use the bulk of our energies in keeping God's ways in this world. Our ancient sages stated the importance of being aware of the next world: "This world is a mere entrance-hall before the afterlife" (Mishna, Avot ch.4). All outstanding accounts are settled after this life. Some cases illustrate this point, since this entire world wouldn't be enough to reward a Moses or punish a Hitler. And while we're alive, knowledge of the future world serves as one of the motivations to keeping God's will. Judaism does not delve into detail of the rewards of the righteous because religions could compete with more and more poetic promises. Also because belief in the afterlife was shared by all ancient societies and needed little reiteration. Besides, it would be like describing the colors of a sunrise to someone who was blind from birth. It is, however, referred to briefly in verses such as Genesis 15:15, which states that "You (Abraham) will come to your fathers in peace and will be buried in good old age." Coming to his fathers does not mean simply to be buried with them, since Abraham was not buried with his ancestors. Such verses are stated many times. The prophets are more explicit (see Isaiah 26:19 and 66:24, Daniel 12:13, Zechariah 3:7, 1 Kings 8:30, 2 Kings ch.2, Ecclesiastes 12:7). The afterlife is also spoken of at length in the Talmud. Answer 2 Jews believe that the soul lives on after the human dies. The soul experiences a higher perception of spirituality, truth and God after the person dies. If you live your life as God intended you to, then your soul is ecstatic when it gets to that spiritual state. This is what people call Heaven- a place of ever-increasing revelation of God. If you didn't live that way, then your soul needs to be purified before it can enter Heaven. This is called Gehinnom (purgatory), which is a temporary state the soul is in until the soul is cleansed. Some Jews also believe in reincarnation. Judaism also believes that all deserving souls will return to earth in human form at some point after the Messiah comes- and that is the ultimate spiritual experience- something even greater than heaven.
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Where does man go after death?

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After death a person returns to the cycle of carbon, nitrogen and other component elements. The personality or existence does not transcend death and stops like the light from a broken lightbulb.
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What did the Egyptians take to the afterlife?

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The Ancient Egyptians took many things with them into the afterlife. They would have little figures called Shabti figures that would serve them and do their every bidding. They would also take slaves, who would also do their bidding, depending on their rank in Egyptian society. They would also take food and ornaments including furniture and personal items such as their animals. The animals were considered sacred, especially cats because they were connected with Bastet. The organs were removed from the body during mummification except for the heart, and brain which was pulled out through the nose, and placed into canopic jars and placed beside the body in the tomb.
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Was Afterlife by Avenged Sevenfold in the Transformers movie?

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No, Avenged Sevenfold's song Afterlife was never in a Transformers movie. However, Avenged Sevenfold's song Almost Easy is on the soundtrack for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. It was going to be on the Transformers: The Album, but the song was not yet ready.
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Why do Roman Catholics believe in the afterlife?

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Roman Catholic Answer Catholics believe in the afterlife since God revealed that is what we were made for. Yes. We believe that after we die, We either go to Heaven, if we are Saved, or Hell, if we are Damned. We also believe in Purgatory, which is only a temporal state of suffering, for those souls which are Saved, but, still have sins to atone for, before being made worthy to enter the Presence of Almighty God.
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Why do people put flowers over graves?

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To pay tribute to loved ones who have passed away. Decorations around graves is thought to have developed on the Roman Empire as the dead were believed to wander around and it was nice to have beautiful garden to wander in. Many cultures do NOT put flowers on graves. In many cultures, cut flowers are rarely given as gifts to live or dead friends and relatives (it is bad luck to kill a living thing by cutting it). Jews do not put flowers on graves. Instead you will see small pebbles or stones on the top of gravemarkers to indicate that the grave had been visited.
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How many rivers are there in the Greek underworld of the afterlife?

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Five (5) is the number of rivers in the Greek Underworld of the afterlife. Specifically, Acheron provides entry into the Underworld by way of the ferryboat operator, Charon. It also is called the river of sorrow, at the leaving of the transitory world for the eternal. It is the source of the Underworld rivers of lamentation (Cocytus) and of hate (Styx). The remaining two rivers are the Phlegethon, or the river of fire, and the Lethe, or the river of forgetfulness.
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How were egyptians ideas about the afterlife reflected in their treatment of the dead?

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The aim of mummification was not to preserve a person's body as it had been-in life but to create a new bodythat could last for eternity. The Ancient Egyptians believed that a person was made up of a number of physical and non-physical elements. The body was the physical part.The ka and ba, together with a person's name and their shadow, were the non-physical parts. Mummification was intended to create a body that could continue to house a person's ka and ba. The ka was a 'life force' sustained by the consumption of food and drink. In the afterlife it also required nourishment to survive. Food offerings left by the living at the tombs of their ancestors sustained the ka. Depictions of offerings on coffins, tomb walls, or other burial objects magically fulfilled the same function. The most important characteristic of the ba was its ability to move. It could leave the body and travel through the worlds of the living and of the dead, enabling the dead to participate in both. It was believed that the ba needed to return to the body regularly in order to survive. Particular attention was paid to the external appearance of a mummy to enable the ba to recognise its own body and return to it safely. The body, a combination of ka, ba, name and shadow, was thought to make a person complete in this life and in the next. The dead could only fully enjoy eternal life if all the different parts survived.
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Why do some people not believe in afterlife?

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Some people do not believe in life after death because they are atheists. Anyone with a religion believes in a God (regardless of what they call their God or how many they have) and believes in judgment by God in the afterlife. Only atheists do not and that is simply because they don't believe in God. Now the above may be true in a religious context, however many people worldwide have had experiences of an afterlife and many of them are agnostic, religious, atheists, and others. Studies by Dr, Raymond Moody, Dr, Ian Stevenson, Robert Schwartz, and many others have discovered a vast array of anomalies that point to the survival of consciousness. Neuroscience is growing rapidly and hopefully will prove the existence of an afterlife someday.
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Do Jews believe in an afterlife?

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YES. Note that in Traditional Judaism, there is no eternal delineation between good souls and evil souls as is common in Christianity and Islam. Judaism holds that the Satan is still in heaven, which further means that there is no King of the Damned or any form of Eternal Damnation. During the Afterlife period, there are different mechanisms by which the soul must come to spiritual fitness in order to be a part of the eventual resurrection of the dead. Some Kabbalists say that this comes by way of reincarnation, but the dominant opinion in Judaism is that souls must exert themselves painfully to open up new levels of holiness. This is similar to the Christian concept of Purgatory. However, there are a large number of Jews, generally from Liberal Judaism, who would say that Judaism has no afterlife. This lack of belief generally comes from the fact that Reform and Conservative Judaism do not stress the afterlife and often ignore teaching about it.
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What is the Jewish afterlife?

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friendus from our community "Writing that would later be incorporated into the Hebrew Bible names sheol as the afterlife, a non-descriptive place where all are destined to go after death. The Book of Numbers identifies sheol as literally underground (Numbers 16:31-33), in the Biblical account of the destruction of the rebellious Korah, Dathan and Abiram and their 250 followers, although it is speculated that this passage should be read literally, signifying an earthquake or split in the earth. The Talmud offers a number of thoughts relating to the afterlife. After death, the soul is brought for judgement. Those who have lead pristine lives enter immediately into the "World to Come." Most do not enter the World to Come immediately, but now experience a period of review of their earthly actions and they are made aware of what they have done wrong. Some view this period as being a "re-schooling", with the soul gaining wisdom as one's errors are reviewed. Others view this period to include punishment for past wrongs. At the end of this period, approximately one year, the soul then takes its place in the World to Come. Although punishments are made part of certain Jewish conceptions of the afterlife, the concept of "eternal damnation," so prevalent in other religions, is not a central tenet of the Jewish afterlife. According to the Talmud, eternal punishment is reserved for a much smaller group of malicious and evil leaders, either whose deeds go way beyond norms, or who lead large groups of people to evil. In the Talmud, completed by 500 CE, non-Jews who are purely evil such as Hitler cease to exist in any realm when they die. The Book of Enoch describes sheol as divided into four compartments for four types of the dead: the faithful saints who await resurrection in Paradise, the merely virtuous who await their reward, the wicked who await punishment, and the wicked who have already been punished and will not be resurrected on Judgement Day. It should be noted that the Book of Enoch is considered apocryphal by most denominations of Christianity and all denominations of Judaism. The book of 2 Maccabees gives a clear account of the dead awaiting a future resurrection and judgement, plus prayers and offerings for the dead to remove the burden of sin. Maimonides describes the Olam Haba ("World to Come") in spiritual terms, relegating the prophesied physical resurrection to the status of a future miracle, unrelated to the afterlife or the Messianic era. According to Maimonides, an afterlife continues for the soul of every human being, a soul now separated from the body in which it was "housed" during its earthly existence. The Zohar describes Gehenna not as a place of punishment for the wicked but as a place of spiritual purification for souls." Answer The term "afterlife" is not used by Jews, rather, we refer to the "world to come." In truth, Judaism spends little time discussing what might or might not happen when we die as the focus on this life. There is also almost no mention of what happens after death in the Tanach (Jewish Bible). There are some loose ideas of what may happen when we die though: When we die, our souls are cleansed, to accomplish this, we must account for all our actions in life, both good and bad. It's believed that this process doesn't take more than 12 months but virtually no one does enough bad in life to warrant it taking the full 12 months. Some souls may return to HaShem to wait for the world to come. Some souls may be reincarnated as another person to have to opportunity to do more good in the world to become closer to HaShem. Some people are so evil in life that their souls cannot survive the cleansing process and cease to exist. Answer One of the central beliefs of Judaism, as codified by Rambam (Maimonides), is that the soul continues to exist and is treated in accordance with the person's actions while he/she was alive. All outstanding accounts are settled after this life. Some cases illustrate this point, since this entire world wouldn't be enough to reward a Moses or punish a Hitler. The afterlife is detailed at length in the Talmud. A full 20 pages of Talmud (Sanhedrin 90-110) are given to this subject. The afterlife is also referred to briefly in Torah (Bible) verses such as Genesis 15:15, which states that "You (Abraham) will come to your fathers in peace and will be buried in good (ripe; full) old age." This does not mean merely to be buried with one's forefathers, since Abraham was not buried with them. Such verses are stated many times. The prophets are more explicit with such references (such as Isaiah 26:19, Daniel 12:13). The Tanakh does not delve into detail of the rewards of the righteous, because other religions could compete with even more poetic promises. Also because belief in the afterlife was shared by all ancient societies and needed little reiteration. See the Kli Yakar commentary to Leviticus ch.26 for a fuller discussion. Answer The afterlife is not stressed in Judaism; you are supposed to do good because it is rewarding in the present, and when you do bad, you are to try and make up for it here and now. There are vague references to "the world to come" in Judaism, but this is never clearly defined, except to say that all righteous people, Jewish or not, will have a share in it. One tradition among orthodox Jews (though not shared by all Jews) is: If you are Jewish and have been 'faithful' to the Torah ,done mitzvot (good deeds and commandments) then you have a high likelihood of being in heaven . After death your soul has 11 months to repent for all wrongdoing, and if this is accomplished your soul will be sent to one of the various levels of heaven, If you have been evil, sinned and not repented (while alive or after death) then you are condemned to an eternity of "hell"- which has absolutely NOTHING to do with fire/Satan etc... it is a completely aphysical, negative state of being for your soul. There are also many other views, such as reincarnation, resurrection of the dead, and many others. But no single view is shared by all Jews.
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How do you know that the afterlife was important to the Egyptians?

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We know that the Afterlife was important to ancient Egyptians because they spent so much time and money building pyramids and preserving bodies. They left behind copies of their Book of the Dead.
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What does Hinduism conclude about the afterlife?

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hinduism belive that after the life human soul(atma)goes to god(parmatma)and the cycle of rebirth will finish after moksha
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Is there an afterlife?

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There are many opinions about what is called "the afterlife." Atheists Atheists do not believe in an afterlife. The idea that there is an afterlife is seen as a common method employed by religious faiths to 'solve' the difficult issue of death. It is summed up as merely wishful thinking to avoid the issue rather than deal with it. It is similar to telling a child that their pet didn't die. Instead, it went away to live on a farm, with all the other animals, which is a tactic parents often employ, although the circumstances of these situations are too different (i.e. the child's innocence, and the adult believer's struggle to believe) to be directly compared. It partly plays on the slight arrogance of the human race to believe that we are so far superior to other living creatures, so we believe we are essentially immortal (referring to the concept of 'living on' for ever after we die). It is widely believed because we want to believe it, and because it feels right, compared to the nothingness that would appear to be the truth, but this does not make it real any more than Narnia exists because a child believes in it. Christian Beliefs When dealing with afterlife/eternal life Christian doctrine has to take into account three distinct periods (1) from the fall of Adam to the coming of Christ (2) the Kingdom of God the Son from the coming of Christ to the Last Day (3) the Kingdom of God the Father after the Last Day. You will need to know this to understand the following passages of Scripture. Period (1): The Resurrection "Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; ��. But Jesus answered them, "You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not God of the dead, but of the living" (Matthew Ch 22). Note: Angels often appeared in human form. They even ate food which Abraham prepared for them. "Martha said to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world."' (John Ch 11) Note that Jesus did not agree with Martha when she linked the resurrection to the Last Day. Timing of the resurrection: "Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live��for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgement." (John Ch 5) "And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many." (Matthew Ch 27) Periods (2) and (3), The Last Days: "All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day." (John Ch 6) "The kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear" (Matthew Ch 13). According to the Bible there is indeed an after life. It is called heaven. There is another place which has not been originally prepared for people but for the devil and his angels (demons). Men choose to go there as well by rejecting God. This place is called hell. The deciding factor is how people fare when they are judged on the basis of how they accepted or rejected Jesus Christ. Hebrews 9:27 (King James Version) 27And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this, the judgment. Jewish Beliefs One of the central beliefs of Judaism is that the soul continues to exist and is treated in accordance with the person's actions while he or she was alive. This applies to all people. All outstanding accounts are settled after this life. Some cases illustrate this point, since this entire world wouldn't be enough to reward a Moses or punish a Hitler. And while we're alive, knowledge of the future world serves as one of the motivations to keeping God's will. Judaism does not delve into detail of the rewards of the righteous because religions could compete with more and more poetic promises. Also because belief in the afterlife was shared by all ancient societies and needed little reiteration. Besides, it would be like describing the colors of a sunrise to someone who was blind from birth. It is, however, referred to briefly in verses such as Genesis 15:15. The prophets are more explicit (see Isaiah 26:19 and 66:24, Daniel 12:13, Zechariah 3:7, 1 Kings 8:30, 2 Kings ch.2, Ecclesiastes 12:7). The afterlife is also spoken of at length in the Talmud. Quran and Muslim Beliefs Here are the arguments of afterlife according to Quran: 1. Just as our Creator gave us life in this world, He will bring us back to life on the Day of Resurrection. 2. Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth, and was not tired of it, can easily bring the dead back to life. 3. Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth can create the like of them. He can create the Hell and the Paradise. 4. It is He Who originates the creation, then will repeat it and it is easier for Him. As doing the same for the second time is naturally easier than the first time. Although neither the first, nor the second, creation is difficult for Him. 5. Afterlife is the natural demand of our morality as we know that good and bad are not equal and same and they shouldn't be. Should the reward of prophets and pious people (who are the best people of humanity) and the worst people be the same. Should human beings and trees or insects be dealt equally that both die and that is all? Here are some verses from Quran having such arguments. (Al Kahaf Sura No 18, Verse no 37) Do you disbelieve in Him Who created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then He fashioned you into a perfect man? (Al Dukhan Sura No 44, Verse no 38) And We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them for amusement. (Al Maryam Sura No 19, Verse no 66-67) And man (the disbeliever) says: "What! When I am dead, shall I then be raised up alive?" Doesn't he remember that We created him before, when he was nothing (Yaseen Sura No 36, Verse no 77-83) Does not man see that We created him from a mere sperm-drop? Yet behold! he (stands forth) as an open quarreler. And he makes comparisons for Us and forgets his own creation. He says: "Who will give life to these bones after they are rotten and have become dust?" Say: "He will give them life Who created them for the first time! And He is the All-knower of every creation!" He Who produces for you fire out of the green tree, when behold, you kindle from it. Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth, Able to create the like of them? Yes, indeed! He is the All-Knowing Supreme Creator. Verily, His command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, "Be" ���� and it is! So glory to Him in Whose hands is the dominion of all things: and to Him will you be brought back. Unitarian Universalists: Unitarian Universalists don't really have a unified opinion one way or the other, but most of us do believe in one. Hindis Hindis believe in an afterlife. Buddhists Buddhists believe in reincarnation. Reincarnationists I have to consider that at the very least, even if atheists are right and we don't have souls, but consciousness is solely a product of the brain, and death is the cessation of existence, there is nothing in the universe that prevents consciousness from being possible again. You exist now, you have probably existed before (not as you are now, but as someone / something else), and you will probably exist again. Among the various concept of afterlife, Reincarnation is the only one with plausible proof. In my opinion, there is an afterlife. Without empirical proof, all concepts are mere wishful thinking. However, consider how many people have had near-death experiences and/or the cases of children having memories of things they could not possibly have learned in this life. Non-religious questioners I don't think we simply cease to exist, like atheists insist. However, I'm not entirely convinced of many of the dogmatic conventions of most organized religions either. Everybody seems to have one piece of the puzzle but nobody has all of the friendus. As for my two cents worth, I hope it's kind of like it is in the 1991 Albert Brooks film "Defending Your Life". Religions to Science to What? Even 5,000 years ago, religious people thought religion answered everything. Today, many scientists/atheists think modern science friendus everything. Imagine what will "answer everything" 5,000 years from now? My philosophy is this: Live your life to the fullest just in case the atheists are right; love your neighbor as if the Buddhists, Hindus, or Christians are right; and fight for your rights as if the Vikings were right. Fair enough? Non-religious/Non-scientific believers The Holy Books such as the Bible, The Qu'ran, Book of Mormonism, etc. are all truthful stories but meant as metaphors. Metaphors creates a language of images, so that we can recall the important truths such as: A creator exists who is much more expansive than we can ever know. But the Creator is not a "Being"-- though could become human flesh, just as we become human flesh. We were created, from a joined will between our 'consciousness' and that of our creator. We are not forced to be here. The closest reunion we have on earth to our creator is through uplifting our imagination and Love. Prayer, contemplation, quietude, meditation all bring us in touch with Love and our ability to "reimagine" life. There are no precise other locations of "Heaven," "Hell", "Purgatory". We make each of these in how we think about our lives. We can make a Heaven from a life of Hell. We may suffer in life, but not in our changed form after our deaths. Our consciousness does not die, and cannot die. We may be unaware, now, of our consciousness of the Creator. The "Last Days" and "Resurrection" refer to when all persons will remember their consciousness as being joined with and "One" with the creator. We continually have a choice to create Good now. After we die, we can still create (fitting reincarnation beliefs), but not as someone "new" but with a renewed consciousness. We "choose" the life we enter, but quickly forget (again) the reasons we chose to be back in human form. Those who remember may seem closer to living the lives we were meant to live. We are but a small speck in terms of creation, which is and which can be even more vast than we can ever imagine. But we share the power to "create"-- with our minds, our hearts, our Good Will toward others. Therefore, technically, there is no death, just the end of our physical bodies, which can be recreated into a new form. Everything we see and even what we cannot see (example: bacteria) is part of this creation... which we continually can change and create anew. No one religion is "right". But all religions carry a piece of these memories. Fundamentalists take religious texts far too literally, thus becoming extremists, and again, "forgetting" that we are ALL part of this wonderful creation we call Life, forgetting that we ALL share the same origins in creation. The issue of "evil" doers, horrors, disasters, etc. remain difficult to explain, even in this view. Except, that we do retain free will to do good or evil, do rights or wrongs, be compassionate or tormentors toward others. How we choose to live reflects how conscious we are of our creator, of being one with the Creator. This joins with the Mustard Seed story in the Bible, that if we have a little faith, we can recall that we can metaphorically move mountains and change the world. All religions except Christianity focus on what we DO rather than what we BELIEVE, what we KNOW.
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Who was the dog god of ancient Egypt afterlife?

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Anubis. I think that he was actually jackal headed.
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Where do you go when you die?

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Some religions teach that we go to heaven or hell when we die. Others believe that we are reincarnated after death. None of this is necessarily true. All we really know is that when we die, we are buried or cremated.
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What is the afterlife like?

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Tradition states that it will depend upon how you behaved in this world. One of the central beliefs of Judaism, as stated in the Talmud (Mishna, Sanhedrin 11:1) and codified by Maimonides (1135-1204), is that the soul continues to exist and is treated in accordance with the person's actions while he or she was alive. This applies to all people, whatever their religion. The Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) doesn't dwell at length on the afterlife; and nor does Judaism spend a lot of time speculating on its details. However, that is not meant to diminish from its importance. Rather, the Torah implies that we are to use the bulk of our energies in keeping God's ways in this world, with our feet firmly planted on Earth, while nonetheless not losing awareness of our beliefs. Our ancient sages stated the importance of being aware of the next world: "This world is a mere entrance-hall before the afterlife" (Mishna, Avot ch.4). All outstanding accounts are settled after this life. Some cases illustrate this point, since this entire world wouldn't be enough to reward a Moses or punish a Hitler. And while we're alive, knowledge of the future world serves as one of the motivations to keeping God's will. The Tanakh does not delve into detail of the rewards of the righteous because religions could compete with more and more poetic promises. Also because belief in the afterlife was shared by all ancient societies and needed little reiteration. Besides, it would be like describing the colors of a sunrise to someone who was blind from birth. It is, however, referred to briefly in Torah verses such as Genesis 15:15, which states that "You (Abraham) will come to your fathers in peace and will be buried in good old age." Coming to his fathers does not mean simply to be buried with them, since Abraham was not buried with his ancestors. Such verses are stated many times. The prophets are more explicit with such references (see Isaiah 26:19 and 66:24, Daniel 12:13, Zechariah 3:7, 1 Kings 8:30, 2 Kings ch.2, Ecclesiastes 12:7). The afterlife is spoken of at length in the Talmud. More than 20 pages of Talmud (Sanhedrin 90-110, Rosh Hashanah 16-18, and other passages) are given to this subject. See also: God exists The key beliefs of Judaism How do you know there are a heaven and hell?
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What do we do when we are dead?

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Ecclesiastes 9:5 says, "For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all, nor do they have any more reward, because all memory of them is forgotten. Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they no longer have any share in what is done under the sun."
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How did the Egyptian idea of the afterlife lead to the beginning of mummification?

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(Ka- force that leaves the body when it dies.)They also thought that if the body decomposed that the spirit (Ka) would shrivel and vanish.
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Why did ancient Egyptians believe in the afterlife?

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Virtually all civilizations, ancient and modern believe in some kind of afterlife. Humans have a natural aversion at the thought of their own demise.
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Where do people go when they die?

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One of the central beliefs of Judaism, as stated in the Talmud (Mishna, Sanhedrin 11:1) and codified by Rambam (Maimonides, 1135-1204), is that the soul continues to exist and is treated in accordance with the person's actions while he or she was alive. The Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) doesn't dwell at length on the afterlife; and nor do we spend a lot of time speculating on its details. However, that is not meant to diminish from its importance. Rather, the message is that we are to use the bulk of our energies in keeping God's ways and commands in this world, with our feet firmly planted on Earth, while nonetheless not losing awareness of our beliefs. The ancient sages stated the importance of being aware of the next world: "This world is a mere entrance-hall before the afterlife" (Mishna, Avot ch.4). All outstanding accounts are settled after this life. Some cases illustrate this point, since this entire world wouldn't be enough to reward a Moses or punish a Hitler. And while we're alive, knowledge of the future world serves as one of the motivations to keeping God's will. The Tanakh does not delve into detail of the rewards of the righteous because competition could result, with each claimant making ever more poetic promises. Also because belief in the afterlife was shared by all ancient societies and needed little reiteration. Besides, it would be like describing the colors of a sunrise to someone who was blind from birth. It is, however, referred to briefly in Torah verses such as Genesis 15:15, which states that "You (Abraham) will come to your fathers in peace and will be buried in good old age." Coming to his fathers does not mean simply to be buried with them, since Abraham was not buried with his ancestors. Such verses are stated many times. The prophets are more explicit with such references (see Isaiah 26:19 and 66:24, Daniel 12:13, Zechariah 3:7, 1 Kings 8:30, 2 Kings ch.2, Ecclesiastes 12:7). The afterlife is spoken of at length in the Talmud. More than 20 pages of Talmud (Sanhedrin 90-110, Rosh Hashanah 16-18, and other passages) are given to this subject. See also: How do you know there are a heaven and hell?
Asked in Ireland, English to Scottish Gaelic and Irish (Gaelic), The Afterlife

What is the Irish gaelic word for afterlife?

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"Afterlife" is "an saol atá le teacht" (the world to come); "In afterlife" is "Níos faide anonn sa saol"(Irish).

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