Religious Studies 3
The Process of Life After Death
If there is one constant in this world, it would surely be death. Dying is an unavoidable part of life, and the fear of death is held by everyone as well. Perhaps it is the relationship of death with pain or the unknown state of the human consciousness after death, or maybe a combination of both. The fear felt is undoubtedly universal, but the ways in which it is dealt with are varied and diverse. Christians, for example, believe that souls that have lived by the words of their god will exist eternally in heaven as divine being themselves. This conception of an afterlife is generally what we people who are residents of the United States hold to be true. Similar to Christianity, Hinduism also eases the fear of death by presenting a life after death. Between Christianity and Hinduism, both have few similarities and many differences on how men and women have made dying less depressing and disturbing through religion. The focus of this paper is the differences between the western and eastern ideas of life after death.
One of the few similarities between Hinduism and Christianity is the concept of Karma. Karma is the process of determining the reincarnation of your soul after death. It is a “spiritual principle” based on the theory of cause and effect. It is based on the philosophy that “God” is not responsible for the happiness or failure of an individual, rather, we as individuals are solely responsible for the consequences of our own behavior. The concept of Karma has two major interpretations; the western and eastern ideals. In my paper, the western ideas represent Christian ideas, and the eastern ideas represent Hinduism. In the west, no serious research has been done on the subject, however, the influence of Karma in in the Western hemisphere can be seen in the bible and other religious scriptures. The closest mentioning of Karma is i...