Nobody knows for sure what will happen in the afterlife, we can only estimate based on our religious beliefs and personal opinions. Five major western religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Ba Hai, also have very different outlooks on what will happen to us, individually and as the entire human race, after our deaths. Also, some believe that the human soul is immortal, while others place emphasis on bodily resurrection. In Christianity, it is believed that after death, the individual's immortal soul will be judged and sent to Heaven or Hell depending on the way they lived their life. Most people, who are neither evil nor purely good, will spend time in purgatory being purified and spiritually cleansed so they can continue on to Heaven. In Roman Catholicism, indulgences could potentially lessen your time in purgatory, depending on what act of indulgence you participate in.
[...] Also mentioned are the acknowledgement of the unity of spiritual truth, just distribution of wealth, universal education, personal responsibility to seek truth, the development of a world alliance, and synchronization between science and religion. Concept of Monotheism Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism all center on the idea of one supreme God. Although the concept is thought to have originated with Zoroastrianism, all four religions have a distinctive notion of monotheism. Zoroastrianism calls the one creator God, Ahure Mazda, however other deities exist in the religion as well. [...]
[...] Every thought and action should stem from a heart and mind that are closely integrated with the divine Allah. (Nasr 26) The two major human sins are identified as shirk and kufr. Shirk is the act of relating anything else to holiness except Allah, while kufr is ingratitude to Allah. Like other mystics, Muslim mystics emphasize disinterested love. Love plays a big role in the ethical principles of religions. The focus of Christian interest is agape, self giving love. Christians place this type of love above spiritual wisdom, faith and supernatural gifts. [...]
[...] Essentially, what we encounter in the afterlife is a direct result of our inclinations in this life. Many of the afterlife principles present in Christianity, Judaism and Islam were rooted in Zoroastrianism. In Zoroastrianism, the soul stays with the body for three days after one's death. Then, on the fourth day, the soul travels to a place of judgment. The souls of the good people cross the Chinvat Bridge to Heaven while the bad people fall off the bridge to the depths of Hell. [...]
[...] The first four books, called the gospels, contain what we know about Jesus Christ's life and teachings. Since Jesus Christ is held up in Christianity as a near saint, his actions and words are to be carefully observed. (Fellows 296) Jesus was an ideal human being, and in that respect, Christians aspire to be as comparable to him as possible. In particular, in the Beatitudes, a series of statements in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus outlines the features of human beings who are blessed by God and who, consequently, live in the Kingdom of Heaven. [...]
[...] (Smith 67) They believe that humans have immoral souls, and that the soul can improve after death. All five of these religions accept that the human soul is eternal. However, only Zoroastrians, Christians and Muslims believe that the body will eventually be resurrected as well. Also, all of these religions believe that God judges every one of us after our deaths. And, essentially, we are all compensated or chastised for our actions on Earth. Ethical Principles Zoroastrians are renowned for their high ethical principles. [...]
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