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Copy of Matters of Life and Death
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Describe why Roman Catholics believe in life after death
Explain what Roman Catholics believe happens to them after death
Explain how these beliefs affect the way they live their lives
Give your own opinion on life after death
Do only Catholics go to heaven?
To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God's merciful love means remaining separated from him for ever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called "hell." CCC 1033
All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. CCC 1030
Those who die in God's grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live for ever with Christ. They are like God for ever, for they "see him as he is," face to face.
By his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has "opened" heaven to us. The life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the redemption accomplished by Christ.
Parable of the Sheep and Goats
Read Matthew 25:31-46.
Explain what this story teaches about how we are judged.
How does belief in life after death affect the way we live our lives?
We believe we will be judged by God - so we treat others well.
Jesus' resurrection gives us hope for our own eternal life.
It comforts us when we grieve the loss of a loved one.
It gives us hope that we might be forgiven of our sins in the future.
Immortality of the Soul -
the soul lives on after the death of the body
after death, the body stays in the ground, until the end of the world when it is raised.
What do Catholics believe about heaven?
What do Catholics believe about hell?
What do Catholics believe about purgatory?
Explain why Christians think Jesus rising from the dead proves there is life after death.
What do people fear about death?
Why do people believe in life after death?
Matters of life
The Resurrection of the Dead
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
Non-religious belief in life after death
Outline the reasons non-religious people believe in life after death
understand why they believe there is an afterlife
describe a near-death experience
evaluate the evidence and express your own opinion with supporting reasons
- When somebody who is about to die has an out of body experience
- Unexplained things that are thought to have spiritual causes, e.g. ghosts or mediums
- The belief that, after death, souls are reborn in a new body.
What is the non-religious evidence for life after death?
•Intense emotions: commonly of profound peace, well-being, love;
•A perception of seeing one's body from above (called an out-of-body experience, or OBE),
•Rapid movement through darkness, often toward an indescribable light
•A sense of being "somewhere else," in a landscape that may seem like a spiritual realm or world
•Incredibly rapid, sharp thinking and observations
•Encounter with deceased loved ones, possibly sacred figures (the Judges, Jesus, a saint) or unrecognized beings, with whom communication is mind-to-mind; these figures may seem consoling, loving, or terrifying
•A life review, reliving actions and feeling their emotional impact on others
•In some cases, a flood of knowledge about life and the nature of the universe
•Sometimes a decision to return to the body
Features of Near-death experiences
Non-belief in life after death
Be able to:
Outline and explain why some people do not believe in life after death
Evaluate the evidence and give your own view on the issue.
A Christian would give the following reasons for believing in life after death:
A person who does not believe in God would give the following reasons for not believing in life after death:
Explain why some people do not believe in life after death. (8 marks)