All go to hell, a place that smells

All religions have different ideas about what happens after death. Christians believe in heaven and hell. Muslims believe that after death, the righteous continue to live peacefully and the unrighteous get punished. Buddhists and Hindus believe in a cycle of reincarnation. And many Chinese religions, such as Taoism, believe that there is either some form of spiritual survival or a cycle of reincarnation. All of them have different beliefs but they all have one thing in common, that there is life after death. They all try to explain what happens after someone dies, and all of them believe that whether someone suffers or not in the afterlife is based on what they did while they were living.Christianity is the biggest religion today with about 2.4 billion practitioners. Christians believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and then rose from the dead after three days and ascended into heaven. They also strongly believe in showing love towards others and helping the poor. Christians believe that when someone dies God passes judgment on them and decides whether they go to heaven or hell. They believe that if someone believed that Christ died and then rose again that they will go to heaven, a place where everything is perfect and they will be happy for eternity. If they were not kind-hearted and didn’t believe that Christ died then rose, Christians believe that person will go to hell, a place that smells of burning sulfur and a place where they will eternally suffer and be tortured by the devil.Islam is the second biggest religion with 1.6 billion followers, and it is currently the fastest growing religion. Muslims believe that when someone dies their spirit stays in the bodies grave until the Day of Judgement. While in their bodies grave the spirit can either be punished or rewarded based on their deeds while they were living. If one has followed the Islamic law Muslims believe that they will await the Day of Judgment peacefully, and those who didn’t will suffer until that day. On the Day of Judgment Muslims believe that Allah will summon all the spirits from their graves and judge whether they belong in heaven or hell.Buddhist and Hindu views on the afterlife are pretty similar. There are about 1.15 billion Hindus and 376 million Buddhists in the world. Buddhists believe in a cycle of reincarnation called Samsara. Reincarnation means that after someone dies that they come back into a world within a new body. The only way to escape Samsara is to follow the Eightfold Path, which is a collection of moral standards that they must in order to achieve enlightenment called Nirvana. Once they have achieved Nirvana they go through the final step of enlightenment, Parinirvana. After Parinirvana, the existence of that person ceases or they can choose to be reborn in order to help others achieve Nirvana.The current Chinese religion is a mix of Buddhism and Taoism, and there are about 394 million participants. Some believe that their ancestors watch over them after they die and others believe in a cycle of reincarnation. Most believe that after someone dies they are taken to the god, Ch’eng Huang, who decides the amount of good they have done in their life. Those who he finds worthy can go to the dwelling place of the gods and if they are not yet ready for that they can go straight to their next reincarnation. Those who he deems sinners have to undergo 49 days of punishment before reincarnation. All of the different beliefs are just that, different, but they all have the same basics. After death, they are judged on the good or bad deeds that they have done in their life and if the good outways the bad then they can move on to a better place, and be rewarded. But if the bad deeds in someone’s life are greater than the number of good deeds then they will suffer and be punished.


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