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Comparing Beliefs About Life After Death

Non-Christian Belief
Christian Belief
Modern Pop Culture “She’s gone to heaven so I’ve got to be good, so I can see my baby when I’ll leave this world” (from “Last Kiss” by Wayne Cochran). “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Trying to “be good” is not enough for salvation. (See Ephesians 2:8,9.)
Buddhism Reincarnation. A soul is supposedly born again and again until it reaches a state of “nirvana” and becomes part of the universe. In heaven, believers enjoy unbroken fellowship with God for eternity. (See Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:8, and 1 Thessalonians 5:10.)
Islam “Never you forget…the day when your good works are weighed against the others” (from a rap song by a U.S. Muslim composer. Source: Mynaraps). Muslims believe a person’s good and bad deeds will be weighed on Judgment Day. Those with more good works than bad will go to Paradise. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8) (Also see John 3:16 and Romans 8:1.)
Secular Humanism Secular humanism teaches that there is no life after death. “For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21,22). (See also Matthew 22:31,32.)
Animism Many animists believe that after death, a person’s spirit continues to live near their earthly home. Animists may make offerings to their dead ancestors to please them. “We are confident…and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8, NIV).
Spiritism Spiritists believe they can communicate with people who have died. The Bible says that those who “call up the dead” are “an abomination to the Lord” (Deuteronomy 18:9–12).
Hinduism Hindus believe in reincarnation. “Karma” is the belief that the way someone behaved in a former life determines what he or she will be in the next life. “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).