Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Life After Death( Afterlife ): Buddhism Christianity and Politics

I wonder, when you talk about afterlife ( life after death ) Buddhism and Christianity have something in common. I know almost all the Christians / catholics don't believe in afterlife, but there are evidences in the bible to support afterlife. If you are a christian, just refer to terms 'gigul' or 'ibur' in new testament. ( Celtic christians believed in gigul ). But why this concept suppressed in Christianity?.

The main reason for that as I can see is the past politics. The later Roman emperors, both Western and Byzantine, were tyrants who owned their subjects body and soul. Anyone who opposed them was sentenced to a slow and painful death. This kingdom was extrapolated into the eternal spiritual realm by theologians, who imposed the blackmail of the doctrine of ever-lasting hell and its torments for defiance of authority.

These versus are from Judaism....

Matthew 16:15-16 When Yahshauah came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he
asked his Talmidim, "Who do people say the Son of Man (Ben Adam) is?" They
replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Eliyah; and still others,
Yemeryahu or one of the prophets." "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do
you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Mashiach, the Son of the
living Elohim (Adam Kadmon)."

Woe be unto you, ungodly men, which have forsaken the law of the most high
YHWH: for if you increase it shall be to your destruction. And if you be born, you
shall be born to a curse… Ecclesiasticus 41:8-9, edition Apocrypha

( published in All About Buddhism blog )


Anonymous said...

I don't understand what you have read that leads you to believe that Christianity does not refer to the afterlife. A huge basis for the christian faith is that one day Jesus will come back and make all things new - kind of like "perfection on earth." If christians die before this then the christians will "go to heaven" if they know Jesus. Jesus says in Matthew that "he is going there (heaven) to prepare a room for us." And John talks frequently about going to be with him. Etc...what do you think? please email me:

Anonymous said...

Yes you are right.
we should try to teach people about real buddhism. we are also trying this to do the best portal on buddhism and calling you to join this movement.
Namo Buddha

Anonymous said...

I am currently studying Buddhism and have been chanting for a while. I was raised Catholic, which I have put on the back burner for a while.
I would like to make clear that in the original article, there was reference to "...Christians/Catholics..." Just wanted those who are not so educated on this subject to know that Catholics ARE Christians.

Anonymous said...

It's so refreshing to see a clearly intelligent person who is Buddhist. Thank you for your contributions to the web.

Samuel said...

Actually, almost ALL Christians believe in an afterlife. It's kind of a central tenet of their faith.

Buddhist Jewelry said...

It is interesting to think about all religions in regards of after life. They all look like they sort of believe in it and that's the purpose of their religious practices.

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