What do Christians believe about an afterlife?

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December 20, 2011 6:36AM

Most Christians believe in some form of divine judgement after death. Beliefs differ between whether this judgement takes place immediately after death, on a future date until which time the departed soul 'sleeps', or on a future date at which time the dead person is brought back to life once more to be judged. The result of the judgement is also subject to different interpretations. Those found worthy receive some form of eternal reward such as living in a heavenly realm or an earthly paradise. Those judged to be unworthy receive punishment, again subject to debate, including but not limited to: endless suffering in Hell, temporary suffering before being allowed into paradise, or immediate annihilation through destruction of the soul.