posted on Oct, 11 2005 @ 09:06 PM
I always wonder why in life we are sinners bound to hell if we do not repent, but when somebody dies nobody claims that the death person is bound to
hell, perhaps because its out of respect for the family of the deceased. But once somebody die they seems to be all saved.
Now in history The ancient Hebrews had no concept of heaven. The dead who had led the most righteous lives were not taken to be with God after death.
(Enoch and Elijah were exceptions. They were directly taken up to heaven to be with God. They never died; they never went to Sheol). See Genesis
So actually before the Christianity the concept of life after death was a different one, and in was instances of people giving releasing the spirit to
be with God.
Hell was not view by the Hebrews as a place of darkness or fire but a place where souls existed without thought, strength, or even consciousness.
Beliefs in Israel, 586 BCE to 332 BCE
Haven started to be more available to the death, with the introduction of Zoroastrianism The Babylonian army conquered the Southern Kingdom in 586 BCE
and Zoroastrianism was introduce to the beliefs of the Israelis.
A final judgment will be held of each individual's soul after death
Heaven exists as a place of reward for the soul of those who have led good lives, faithful to God
Hell as a place of mild punishment for the soul of the others
An eventual battle between an all-good God and an all-evil Satan in which God wins
The earth would be cleansed of all impurities
Peoples' bodily resurrection, involving the rejoining of body and soul
People living on a cleansed earth, forever
The first Jewish writer to incorporate some of the ideas of Zoroastrianism was the prophet Ezekiel.
Then from there to the believes of after death in the resurrection and second coming of the Christ was elaborated after Christianity was born.