What happens to a person's body and soul when they die? There are some religions that
believe death is the final stop others believe that the soul carries on after death.
Other religious beliefs hold that life is a continuous wheel of rebirth. There is also a
train of thought that believes that reincarnation makes dying easier and therefore helps
the dying. Currently using medical technology, we are living longer lives. We can now
prolong life and put off death for a period of time. Islamic, Christian and Gnostic
followers do not believe that reincarnation exists. This is a point of debate for many as
these religions deny the existence of reincarnation while their scriptures reinforce the
idea of rebirth and previous lives. The end of the western world's belief in reincarnation
came when Emperor Justinian (AD 553) denounced the "monstrous restoration" of rebirth.
Christians believe that they have two lives:
in their natural body
Eastern religions firmly believe that reincarnation is a reality in life and death.
Shiva, the god of creation and destruction, is symbol of the continuos cycle of death and
rebirth. There is no assurance of being reborn as a human if the previous life has been