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I believe that every person is born with a soul condemned to suffer, but by behaving properly one’s soul can be “saved”.   (Note: Christians, Muslims, and others believe that a moralistic God’s favorable judgment can “save” someone. Upon death these souls spend a blissful eternity with God or Allah in heaven or paradise. Those souls with unpardonable sins spend an eternity in hell. ) For me, like Hindus and some Buddhists, being saved means overcoming desire and self attachment, escaping a weary cycle of death/birth, then attaining Nirvana.  I believe Reincarnation, the rebirth of a soul in a new body, can provide for both life after death and cosmic justice. The latter results as a person’s actions in one life produce karmic forces with ethical consequences in future lives.

WV Theme #14A: Moralistic God 

WV Theme #14B: Reincarnation

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

has awareness of importance of sin appreciates consequences of karmic forces, values Karma 
seeks salvation (the saving of one's soul from some undesirable eternal fate) accepts possibility of learning from Past Life Regression
seeks to spend afterlife in heaven appreciates possibility of Rebirth (Buddhist conception)
sees God dispensing punishment / Divine Judgment  values Wheel of Life (Buddhist conception)

summary Wikipedia article: Righteousness

summary Wikipedia article: Reincarnation

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1212 Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1221
Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 72 Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index:72

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #14A: Moralistic God 

Judgment Day (from online encyclopedia)
Hell  (from online encyclopedia)
Christian Views on Hell  (from online encyclopedia)
Christian Moralism  (from online encyclopedia)
Mutaween (re: Saudi Arabian/Islamic morality police, from online encyclopedia)
Fate of the Unlearned (from online encyclopedia) 
Near Death Experience  (from online encyclopedia)
Devil   (from online encyclopedia)
Sharia (the moral code and religious law of Islam, from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch #26: Worldviews, Blasphemy, and Bumper Stickers
What Christian groups say about the afterlife: Heaven, Hell
What Does the Bible Say About When God Will Judge Us?
"Imam: We Can't Imagine The Beauty of Paradise After Death" (Oct 8 2013 program, part of an NPR Series: Views of the Afterlife)
"Hell: Into Everlasting Fire" (cover story in The Economist Dec 22 2012 issue)
It's Hell Without Jesus (website urging you to "repent and believe in Jesus" as "the only way to escape Hell")
Is God a Severe Judge or a Merciful One? 
God's Plan of Salvation (Christian perspective)
"Seeking Proof in Near Death Claims" (Oct 25 2010 Wall Street Journal story)
The Case for Life After Death, by Peter Kreeft
Death: The Final Mystery, by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe
Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, by Elaine Pagels (excerpts from book about development of original sin concept)
The Concept of Original Sin in American History (from Science and Theology News)
"Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Death for Her Faith" by Katharine Lackey (May 15 2014 article on USA Today)
70,000 Demonstrate in Dhaka Demanding Anti-Blasphemy Laws and Death to Atheists (May 6 2013 news report published on The Telegraph)
"The Torturer's Apprentice" by Cullen Murphy (re: where moral certainty can lead; article in Jan 2012 The Atlantic)
Pastor Rob Bell: What If Hell Doesn't Exist? by Jon Meacham (Apr 14 2011 Time cover story)
Megachurch Preacher Joel Osteen Talks About Sin (Jan 27 2011 The Christian Post story)
Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with The Afterlife, by Lisa Miller  (website for this 2010 book)
Original Sin: A Cultural History, by Alan Jacobs (review of this 2008 book)
"The New Road to Hell," by Nancy Gibbs (essay in Time March 24 2008)
"A Comeback for Confession," by Tim Padgett (article in Time October 7 2007)
The Gift of Sin, by Suzelle Lynch (UU perspective connects sin with unconsciousness and forgetting who we are)
10 Reasons to Believe in Life After Death
Frederic Meyers - Proof of Life After Death
Life After Death, by Karlis Osis, Ph.D
Strengths and Weaknesses of Various Salvation Beliefs
"Is God a Taoist?", by R. Smullyan
The Deadly Dangers of Moralism, by John MacArthur (Christian perspective)
"Are Heaven and Hell Only a State of Mind?" (forum offering various responses to this question)
"Does Heaven Exist?" by David van Biema (Mar 24 1997 Time cover story)
Moralistic Therapeutic Deism -- the New American Religion
Hereafter--the Movie (imaginative creative speculations woven into entertaining film; from online encyclopedia)
Indonesians Ask If Calamities Are a Divine Rebuke, by Tom McCawley (July, 2006 CSM article)
The Purpose Driven Life (website of book from Christian author, Rick Warren)
Can We Be Good Without God? by Robert Buckman (info on this 2001 book)
The Challenge of Cultural Relativism, by James Rachels (1993 essay)
"America's Four Gods" -- Baylor University Religion Survey
quotes related to salvation
quotes related to hell

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #14B: Reincarnation  

Reincarnation Research (from online encyclopedia)
Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence for Past Lives (1999 book by Tom Shroder, from online encyclopedia)
Life Before Life (2005 book by Jim Tucker, from online encyclopedia)
Dean Spanley (movie with reincarnation theme; from online encyclopedia)
Genetic Memory (from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch #37: Defining Life is Worldview Dependent...Duh!  And It's Useful!
The Division of Perceptual Studies, University of Virginia (website of leading center doing reincarnation research)
Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century  by E. Kelly etal. (review by Diane Powell of this 2007 book by Univ. of Va researchers)
Transitions to the Other World--The Tibetan Books of the Dead (links to various Buddhist sacred texts on University of Virginia website)
Reincarnation, Karma, Past Lives
A Wisdom Archive on Karma and Reincarnation
Past Lives (from Paralumun New Age Village)
"Have Researchers Cracked the Case for Past Life Memories?" by Martin Clemons (Feb 10 2014 article posted on The Mysterious Universe website)
"The Problem With Reincarnation" by Alex Lickerman (reflections of Buddhist physician, on Psychology Today website Oct 14 2012)
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, by Mary Roach (links to several reviews of this book)
The Great Afterlife Debate: Michael Shermer vs. Deepak Chopra (essays by both authors on this topic)
Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander (NY Times book review by Leslie Kaufman Nov 25 2012)
The Physics of Immortality, by Frank J. Tipler (1994 book by Tulane Univ. professor of mathematical physics)
"Reincarnation: Believing in Second Chances" (May 15 2011 CBS News Report)
The Hollow Curse by Stephen Pearl (link to author's website re: his 2009 novel with reincarnation theme)
Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation by Ian Stevenson (read excerpts provided by Google Books of this 1980 book publ by Univ of Virginia Books)
Past Live Readings (case studies, testimonials)
Past Life Memory Bank
Only Love is Real: The Story of Soulmates Reunited by Brian Weiss (one of many books by psychiatrist who does past life regression hypnosis)
How Karma Works, by Rudolf Steiner
Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death by F.H.W. Myers (read excerpts of this 1903 classic work at Google Books)
Reincarnation  (skeptical perspective)
Reincarnation Central
Reincarnation Belief in Europe
Reincarnation -- its meaning and consequences
Reincarnation Forum
Reincarnation: A Critical Examination  (book review of skeptical examination)
Rebirth, the Master Key (from Rosicrucians website)
Reincarnation (articles, links from spiritual.com website)
"MIT Neuroscientists Explain Deja Vu"  (June, 2007 news story)
famous quotes on reincarnation

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