Afterlife views of Islam and Christianity

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Christianity and Islam have long been the two main religions on the world's forefront. With Christianity claiming about 2.1 billion followers, and Islam claiming about 1.3 billion followers ( Together these two great religions make up about 53% of the world's population, based on a population of 6.4 billion. Each religion has decided, argued over, and defended the events and beliefs of its doctrine as pertains to an afterlife. Both of these religions guarantee good things to followers. These good things include the promise of a heaven for the good and hell for the bad. Those who do good and follow a basic code of ethics go to heaven, but those who do wicked things and do not follow the code go to hell. Although both religions use this same approach, they are different in their details (Armstrong, p. 136-139).

The resurrection of man is a point of some debate between the two religions.

Both doctrines mutually agree upon a resurrection of all humanity. Both the Bible and the Koran confirm this fact: "Does man suppose that We shall not put together his bones? Yes indeed, We are able to proportion [even] his fingertips!" Koran (75:3-4) According to the Bible humans will be raised from the dead and receive "transformed bodies" (1Corinthians 15:51-54, NLT). The Bible teaches how the body will be different after resurrection,

"Our earthly bodies, which die and decay, will be different when they are resurrected, for they will never die. Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory. They are weak now, but when they are raised, they will be full of power. They are natural human bodies now, but when they are raised they will be spiritual bodies" (1 Corinthians 15:42-45, NLT).

"... He will raise both...