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A-Z: General definitions: Life after death
DefinitionThe concept that there is a spiritual form of existence after the end of the earthly, bodily one. It is a belief held by many religions, though they disagree about its nature. Christians believe that individuals can, by trusting in the forgiveness won by Christ through his death on the Cross, achieve a blessed eternal life with God in heaven. There was in Shakespeare's day a difference of opinion between Catholics and Protestants as to whether spirits of the dead (ghosts) could appear to living humans.
1. Consisting of or relating to (the) spirit(s), rather than material or bodily form. 2. Relating to matters of the soul, faith, religion, or the supernatural. 3. A type of religious song whose roots are in the slave communities of North America.
A particular system of belief, faith and worship ' for example, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism.
Name originally given to disciples of Jesus by outsiders and gradually adopted by the Early Church.
1. The action of forgiving; pardon of a fault, remission of a debt. 2. Being freed from the burden of guilt, after committing a sin or crime, through being pardoned by the one hurt or offended.
Title (eventually used as name) given to Jesus, refering to an anointed person set apart for a special task such as a king.
1. Genesis indicates that death was not part of the orginal plan for human beings but is one of the consequences of the Fall. 2. The death of Jesus is presented as opening up the possibility of reconciliation with God.
1. Instrument of execution used in the Roman Empire. 2. The means by which Jesus Christ was put to death and therefore the primary symbol of the Christian faith, representing the way in which he is believed to have won forgiveness for humankind.
A new quality of life, beginning in the present but continuing after death, which Jesus is said to offer to those who believe in him.
The Bible describes God as the unique supreme being, creator and ruler of the universe.
In many religions, the place where God dwells, and to which believers aspire after their death. Sometimes known as Paradise.
1. Sometimes used to denote all Christians 2. Used specifically of the Roman Catholic church.
Christians whose faith and practice stems from the Reformation movement in the sixteenth century which resulted in new churches being created as an alternative to the Roman Catholic Church.
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