The afterlife (also referred to as life after death, the Hereafter, the Next World, or the Other Side) is the belief that a part of, or essence of, or soul of an individual, which carries with it and confers personal identity, survives the death of the body of this world and this lifetime, by natural or supernatural means, in contrast to the belief in eternal oblivion after death. In some popular views, this continued existence often takes place in a spiritual realm, and in other popular views, the individual may be reborn into this world and begin the life cycle over again, likely with no memory of what they have done in the past. In this latter view, such rebirths and deaths may take place over and over again continuously until the individual gains entry to a spiritual realm. Major views on the afterlife derive from religion, esotericism and metaphysics.

Divine Retribution

What Is Divine Retribution? Divine retribution is supernatural punishment of a person, a group of people, or everyone by a deity in response to some action. Many cultures have a story about how a deity exacted punishment upon previous inhabitants of their land, causing their doom. An example of divine retribution is the story found in...

Resurrection of the Dead

Resurrection of the Dead Resurrection of the dead, or resurrection from the dead (“standing up again of the dead”) is used in the doctrine and theology of various religions to describe an event by which a person, or people are resurrected (brought back to life). Various forms of this concept can...

Belief In the Hereafter According to The Old Testament

Belief In the Hereafter According to The Old Testament Resurrection Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel, 12:2) “And you will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you...

Jewish Eschatology

What Is Jewish Eschatology? Jewish eschatology is the area of theology and philosophy concerned with events that will happen in the end of days and related concepts, according to the Hebrew Bible and Jewish thought. This includes the ingathering of the exiled diaspora, the coming of a Jewish Messiah, afterlife,...

Samsara in Buddhism

Samsara in Buddhism Saṃsāra (samsara) in Buddhism is the beginningless cycle of repeated birth, mundane existence and dying again.[1] Samsara is considered to be dukkha, unsatisfactory and painful,[2] perpetuated by desire and avidya (ignorance), and the resulting karma.[3][4][5] Rebirths occur in six realms of existence, namely three good realms (heavenly, demi-god, human) and three evil realms (animal, ghosts, hellish)....

Incarnation in Christianity

Incarnation in Christianity In Christian theology, the incarnation is the belief that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, also known as God the Son or the Logos (Koine Greek for “Word”), “was made flesh”[2] by being conceived in the womb of a woman, the Virgin Mary, also known as the Theotokos (Greek...

Dying-and-rising Deity

Dying-and-rising Deity A dying-and-rising, death-rebirth, or resurrection deity is a religious motif in which a god or goddess dies and is resurrected.[1][2][3][4] “Death or departure of the gods” is motif A192 in Stith Thompson’s Motif-Index of Folk-Literature (1932), while “resurrection of gods” is motif A193.[5] Examples of gods who die and later return to life are most often cited from...

Islamic Eschatology

Islamic Eschatology Islamic eschatology is the branch of Islamic theology concerning the end of the world, and the “Day of Resurrection” after that, known as Yawm al-Qiyāmah (يومالقيامة‎, “the Day of Resurrection”) or Yawm ad-Dīn (يوم الدين, [jawmu‿d.diːn], “the Day of Judgment”).[1] It is characterized by the annihilation of all life, which will...

Resurrection

What Is Resurrection? Resurrection is the concept of coming back to life after death. In a number of ancient religions, a dying-and-rising god is a deity which dies and resurrects. The resurrection of the dead is a standard eschatological belief in the Abrahamic religions. As a religious concept, it is used in two distinct respects: a belief in the...

Christian Eschatology

Christian Eschatology Christian eschatology is a major branch of study within Christian theology dealing with the “last things.” Eschatology, from two Greek words meaning “last” (ἔσχατος) and “study” (-λογία), is the study of ‘end things’, whether the end of an individual life, the end of the age, the end of...

Nirvana

What is Nirvana? This article is about the Pali and Sanskrit term which refers to the concept.  Nirvāṇa ([1] निर्वाण nirvāṇa; निब्बान nibbāna; णिव्वाण ṇivvāṇa, literally “blown out”, as in an oil lamp[2]) is commonly associated with Jainism and Buddhism, and represents its ultimate state of soteriological release, the liberation from repeated rebirth in saṃsāra.[3][web 1][4] In Indian...

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Eschatology

Eschatology The word arises from the Greek ἔσχατος eschatos meaning “last” and -logy meaning “the study of”, and first appeared in English around 1844.[2] The Oxford English Dictionary defines eschatology as “the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind”.[3]   Eschatology is a part of theology concerned with the final events...

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Afterlife

What Is Afterlife? The afterlife (life after death) is the belief that the essential part of an individual’s identity or the stream of consciousness continues after the death of the physical body. According to various ideas about the afterlife, the essential aspect of the individual that lives on after death may be some partial element, or the entire soul or spirit, of...

What Is Hell?

Hell In religion and folklore, Hell is an afterlife location, sometimes a place of torment and punishment. Religions with a linear divine history often depict hells as eternal destinations while religions with a cyclic history often depict a hell as an intermediary period between incarnations. Typically these traditions locate hell in another dimension or under the Earth’s surface and often include entrances to Hell from the land of...

The World is An Arena of Testing for Man

The World is An Arena of Testing for Man The world is an arena of trial for man. He has been sent here to acquire the state appropriate for the other life. This is not easy. Like a tailor who, in order to make a suit fit for his customer,...

OLAM HA-BA (World to come)

OLAM HA-BA (World to come) OLAM HA-BA (Heb. עוֹלָם הַבָּא). The term olam ha-ba (literally, “the coming world”) in contrast to olam ha-zeh (liter-ally “this world”) refers to the hereafter, which begins with the termination of man’s earthly life. This meaning of the expression is clearly implied in the statement of R. Jacob, quoted in Avot (4:17): “One...

Heaven or Paradise

Heaven

What Is Heaven? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia     Jump to navigationJump to search This article is about the metaphysical term “heaven” and the astral dimension it denotes. For other uses, see heaven (disambiguation).   Dante and Beatrice gaze upon the highest heavens; from Gustave Doré‘s illustrations to the Divine Comedy. Heaven, or the heavens, is...

Is There Any Purpose And Necessity For An Eternal World Of Happiness

It is necessary that an eternal world of happiness should be established and the Majestic One Who will found this world is certainly capable of doing that. The destruction of the universe including this world is possible and will certainly occur. Moreover, the resurrection of everything is also possible and,...

Why Hell

Why Hell? Belief bears the seed of a sort of Paradise experienced by the spirit, while unbelief contains the seed of a sort of Hell, which is again experienced spiritually. Just as unbelief is the seed of Hell, so too, Hell is a fruit of unbelief. As unbelief is the...

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