Concepts of Afterlife


 

Concepts of Afterlife

In world religions and beliefs concepts of the afterlife

are perplexing and shrouded in mystery 

Faith traditions have beliefs that range

from bodily resurrection, the survival of the soul, judgment,  

merging of consciousness, heaven and hell,

reincarnation to animals, insects, and plants;

Moksha, or salvation in Hinduism, Enlightenment, and nirvana in Buddhism 

 

The Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

believe in the resurrection, judgment, heaven, and hell;

while Indian religions - Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism

embrace karma (good or bad actions),

some form of rebirth, or transmigration

based on the Samara doctrine of the cycle of life and death

 

But what path must an interfaith believer pursue?

Myths and teachings about salvation have to be put into perspective

It makes no sense to follow blindly a faith tradition

A believer’s approach calls for prayer, study, and intuition

So, let your basis in finding a path be through religious literacy

 

“Eternal Spirit, give us the wisdom and insight to understand the tenets of afterlife.  Help us to grapple with these concepts in deciding our rightful path.”

Amen  

 

 

      


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