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Author Topic: Conflicting Afterlifes: Rewards or Punishments?  (Read 5170 times)
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« Reply #11: May 19, 2010, 09:11:41 pm »

You're saying that instead of afterlives A and B posited in the question, the evil-doer gets afterlife C, which is posited by your religion?

Not an afterlife, but a new life. As in, he goes back to Earth and lives yet another life to learn what lessons the evil-doer in question was supposed to learn in that specific life. If the lessons weren't learned/met/achieved.

(quote function screwing up on me - this is from post #8 by kemet83)

The thing is, if these actions are ones of which his gods approve, then he should be moving on rather than going back to this hypothetical starting line.

That's only if the lessons specifically designated for him to learn have been met. Say the gods took him aside and said, "I want you to learn to live in harmony with your fellow man." Well, if he did evil against his fellow man, the lesson was learned and he has to start back at square one. If he did evil part of the time, but mended his ways later, the lesson was entirely learned so he still has to start back at square one. If he succeeded in the overall doing good deeds and was charitable, then the next life, he can move on to his next lesson.

However, if the lesson he was designated to learn in the life had nothing to do with taking care of/being charitable of/getting along with people from other walks of life, then yes. The gods would be happy and move him up on the next lesson.

Maybe the gods do a kind of prisoner exchange, maybe they fight as well, inter-pantheon, and we just don't hear about it.

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