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What does your religion tell about your death?

Main topic question: Does your religion play a role in what happens to you after death?

Sub questions:

  • What is religion?
  • What if you are not religious?
  • What is death?

Sub question #1 : What is religion?

By definition religion is the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods, or in my words something you worship or value to help you guide you through your own life. Religion plays very important roles in people lives from teaching them a way to live or even mentoring people on how to act and behave in a way that is accepted in their values. People turn to religion in times of thankfulness, appreciation, gratitude, sorrow and despair or whenever they think they need to be put back into a mindset that is right for them; people use religion as a therapeutic method of rehabilitation of ones self. Religion plays a huge part in death because each religion has its own belief of what happens to you after your heart stops beating and all of those beleifs are very unique to each religion.

“Religion is part of the human make-up. It’s also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.”
-Christopher Hitchens

 

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Sub question #2 : What if you are not religious?

If no religion appeals to you, you may be one of eight things. With no belief or religions you are Atheist, Anti-theist, Agnostic, Skeptic, Freethinker, Humanist, or a Pantheist. These beliefs have very unique characteristics for each way of thinking but are solemnly based on scientifically theories rather than super-human beings that may have or have not existed in previous times. If you are not religious, those people have a certain self view on the world which can be very different from those whos religions want them to lead a certain life with guidelines and certain restrictions. The view of death is very complex for people who don’t believe in religion because they don’t really know what will happen next its more of a assumption or a scientific reasoning to make them think a certain way.

“Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.”

Kurt Vonnegut

 

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Sub question #3 : What is death?

Death is a hard word to define because it is not as simple as it may been seen out to be as. Death by definition is “The permanent ending of vital processes in a cell or tissue.” This infact would be a more scientific definition rather than a definition with certain individuals beliefs put in place due to the biology reasoning of the definition. Death is simple , to me its when all the parts in your body can no longer function and your heart stops beating, but to other it may be when as supernatural force tells you that your journey has come to an end and this day was planned for you. Noone can really define what happens after death because no one has experienced it then come back to tell us about it, but death is very different to every person and such things as religion and age can changed our beliefs or outlooks on though of “death”

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Initial thought:

The reason why I picked this topic to talk about is because of how controversial this may be. Everyone has a different view on “death” and everyone’s definition is very unique to them. Having a religious view may alter your beliefs on death in a way which you may belief that you will be reincarnated, or you will go to heaven or hell; all religions own different beliefs and views. It’s hard to come to a conclusion on this question because I will never be right or know what death entails, until I experience this myself (hopefully not for a very, very, very long time). This topic is very interesting to me and I will be doing further more investigating into this topic, and looking at other people’s views.

 

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