Have Christians believed in being born again

What actually comes after that?

Article | editorial staff

Eternal life, damnation, rebirth: for believers, death is not necessarily the end. Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, Christians and Hindus have very different ideas about what comes after death.


Christians believe in a resurrection after death. The reason for this hope is Jesus and his resurrection at Easter. It is the promise that we will be resurrected with him and then be at home with God.

At the end of time, however, there will be a final judgment. There are very different ideas about what this looks like in the Christian tradition. What all these ideas have in common, however, is that God will ennoble the good and restore order to the unjust.


Muslims believe in an afterlife in the hope of being close to God. They understand life as a gift and a duty from Allah. In the end, they believe, only the body dies. The human soul lives on. Death is seen as a transition to another plane of life. The angel of death Izrail separates body and soul from one another.

Muslims believe that at some point there will be a “Day of Resurrection” on which they will encounter Allah. Until then, the grave for the dead is the abode of their soul. Two angels ask every deceased about their beliefs and convictions immediately after death. If the deceased really believed in Allah and lived his life with good intentions, then he is promised a life in Paradise after the resurrection. Otherwise his path leads to hell.


The preservation of life is the highest value of Judaism. When a life comes to an end, there are certain things to be observed in Judaism. The Jews believe in an afterlife and above all in God's judgment that awaits every human being. Accordingly, they treat their dead with awe and mourn them according to traditions that have been cultivated for thousands of years. According to Jewish belief, friends and loved ones can help "cleanse" the soul of a deceased person. To this end, they pray the kaddish every day for eleven months after the day of death, and every now and then other prayers for the dead. On every anniversary, praying the Kaddish is one of the commandments in Judaism.


Hindus believe that death is only one of many stages in existence. The soul or spirit will at some point be reborn in a new body. Hindus call this eternal rebirth "Punarajati". The idea of ​​the eternal cycle of birth - life - death and rebirth is quite exhausting for Hindus. You have to behave well and correctly at all times, otherwise your next life could be very uncomfortable. Because Hindus believe in karma. This is a law according to which every act here and today is rewarded or punished in the next life. The eternal cycle of rebirth can only be interrupted by attaining moksha. That is then the state of perfect unity.


Like the Hindus, Buddhists believe that the death of the body is only one stage for the soul. After a rest, the soul is reborn in a new body. And so it goes on and on in an eternal cycle - until the soul is perhaps one day enlightened. Then she is freed from eternal rebirth and enters nirvana. For Buddhists this is a state of perfection, paradise. There is no good and no bad, no grief, no anger, no sorrow, but also no happiness and no love that makes the heart leap higher. The soul is completely in balance. Until then, the eternal cycle is a terrible idea for Buddhists. They call it samsara.

Value of life from the perspective of the Bible.

Source: Psalm 8.6


On trauernetz.de you will find many helpful offers on the subject of dying and saying goodbye. You can also create your own memorial page on which friends and relatives can leave farewell greetings.

Source: Kristine Weilert @ unsplash


Luther is supposed to have said: "And if I knew that tomorrow the world would end, I would still plant an apple tree today."

What gives you courage? Plant a virtual apple tree as a sign of the future.


John's vision of the end of the world.

Source: Revelation 21: 4


About konfiweb

konfiweb.de is an online magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria. Every second month there is a new edition which tells with stories, interviews and pictures about life, faith and confirmation. konfiweb.de is a participatory format.