What does this mean in practice?

The guiding principle of life after death for Christians is that Heaven is seen as a reward for those who have been faithful. Teachings are interpreted in the following ways:

  • Christians do not believe that they should do good actions just to be rewarded but rather because they are the right things to do. However, the consequence of good actions will be a place in Heaven.
  • Christians try to build up a relationship with God during their lives through prayer and worship. This relationship is also shown in living by God's laws, as expressed in the Ten Commandments.

Most Christians reject the idea of reincarnation. For Christians, God makes each individual unique and he loves them as they are. This unique individual is made up of body and soul. When this earthly life is over, this person will continue into eternal life, not come back to this Earth in a different body.

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