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Heaven. Saints, having led their lives by God, are not required to receive punishment for sins. Purgatory, in this respect, may be compared to Tartarus, as a place of torture and punishment. Souls may spend a certain amount of time in Tartarus before being redeemed, and the same basic concept applies for purgatory. Hell, in all Christian denominations is a place of damnation for the rest of time. There is no redemption from Hell. Souls judged and sent to Hell must remain there until the final Day of Judgment, where, as is described in the Book of Revelation, if there names are not written on the book of the living, they will be destroyed. In this respect, Christian and Ancient Greek beliefs concerning the afterlife vary. In Ancient Greek religion, The Underworld is given no time

constraints. The ancient Greeks believed that it would exist forever. The world of the dead, as described in the Bible, is destroyed in the final judgment. This is the basic belief held by modern Christians. Another aspect that is similar is that the souls of the dead beg for forgiveness the Acherusian Lake. This aspect of forgiveness and redemption is similar to that of the belief the Jesus Christ will forgive the sins of man if they ask for His forgiveness. Although extremely different in context and origin, the two concepts are based around the same idea that those who have led less then virtuous lives may be forgiven for their sins. The afterlife in modern Christian and Ancient Greek religion is different in many respects. However, basic concepts associated with it including

the immortality of the soul, the judgment of the soul, the concepts of eternal punishment or reward, and the existence of a God, or Gods that control these aspects are very similar. The differences evident in these religions stem from the differences in their origins. Both are extremely, or may I say, infinitely, complex, and neither will ever be completely understood. However, after analysing the basic points associated with the belief in the after in both religions, the core of both beliefs are similar, though not the same. They express the same idea, yet the meaning of the idea is extremely different in both cases. It is this difference that divides the two religions and the two beliefs in the afterlife, which, although may encompass similar theories, are as distinct as the

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