how far is a belief in life after death is necessary for religious believers.Watch this thread
I'm a Year 12 AS Student. Although I'm not taking A-Level R.S, at GCSE (last year) I got an A* in R.S.
I can help you with this question from prior knowledge...
With this question it's important to break it down. "How far" suggests there is a certain extent and it is your job to show both sides and then come up with a conclusion.
"Belief in life after death" - talk about beliefs of different religions here.
"Neccessary" - is it really (again your job to show this, do religions talk about life after death being neccessary?).
"Religious believers" - someone who just believes in the religion or does it include those who practise it daily?
I'll talk about Islam since I'm a Muslim.
Christianity and Islam are very similar in these beliefs of life after death..there will be Heaven and Hell.
In Islam, Heaven is called Jannah (Paradise) and Hell is called Jahannum.
Life after death is essential for Muslims to believe as we believe Allah has put us in this world as a test to prepare for the Akhirah (afterlife).
Stick in a quote after that point and analyse it, talk about things like Barzakh and the importance of it.
You could say it forces people to try and do many deeds.
The point of a religion is that you follow it for a reason - there must be a reason to it and so the afterlife will be the reason.
Bear in mind that afterlife might be necessary to one religion but not to the next one. It depends on their soteriological focus.