After death, it's either "gone" or "gone home".
Recently, I was present at the death of a terminal cancer patient.
This is the second time I've been present at someone's death, and even though it's the first time I've met the person, it's painful to see the people involved tearfully offering their prayers.
The ECG ticks pulse 87 with a "beep ... beep ... beep," and the frequency of the pulse becoming flat gradually increases, and finally the pulse becomes 0 and changes to a "beep" sound.
Fellow Christians prayed tearfully until his last moments and waited for the doctor to stop the flat tone of the EKG before calling those involved to tell them the news of his death.
- Dia surah pulang ke rumah（He's just gone home.）
To "go home" means to "return to the God who created man.
I used to think that when I died, I would "go" to the afterlife where I didn't know where, but the idea of a Christian "going home" was new to me, and if I was going to die anyway, it might be better to "go home" than to "go".
In the case of Christians, when they die, they either 'go back' to Surga (heaven), which is in the sky above them, or they 'go' to Neraka (hell), where the flames are burning deep in the earth.
In Buddhism, there is a religious view that people who have died are reborn in this world and then die and are reborn again, just like the word "reincarnation".
- From the Buddhist view that we are reborn in this world many times, it is only natural that we express "passing away" after death.
When I heard a Muslim friend say this, I thought, "I understand.
Christianity and Islam are religions derived from Judaism
Both Christianity and Islam are "derived" from Judaism, which existed since BC, and Christianity is the year of Jesus Christ's birth in A.D. 0, and Islam is the one that was "derived" and reflected the Arab way of life 500 to 600 years later.
According to my wife, Thuhan (God) is Jesus Christ himself and is different from the Islamic God Allah as told by the Messenger Mohammed, but if the roots are the same, the only God they both believe in seems to be the same.
In addition, "derivation" from Judaism means that the Old Testament was rewritten as the New Testament or the Koran to suit one's religion, and this seems to be the root of the conflict between religions.
The idea that God created Adam, he created Eve because he felt sorry for her and she was alone, and the people who were born during that time became human beings is the same for both Christianity and Islam, and from the point of view of an ordinary Japanese person like me, who thinks that the ancestors of human beings were apes, I can't help but feel uncomfortable.
For my wife, who is a Christian, "Darwin's theory of evolution" is unacceptable.
Religion eases the fear of death.
In Indonesia, you are required to have one of the following religions: Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism (Christian), Hinduism, or Buddhism, and your religion is listed on the KTP (Resident Registration Card Kartu Tanda Pendududuk).
When Indonesians learn that Japanese people are non-religious, they invariably ask me
- Aren't you worried about dying?
This is "Isn't it disturbing that you don't know what in the world you have to do to get back to heaven instead of hell? It can be rephrased as.
For both Christians and Muslims, if they can avoid going to hell after death, their fears of death will be relieved in this life.
A Muslim friend of mine told me that there is not much scrutiny in the decision to return to heaven or go to hell, and that the shortest way to return to heaven is to believe in Allah, the only God.
According to my wife, who is a Christian, you can go back to heaven for the time being by believing in Jesus Christ, the only God.
It seems that there is a rank in heaven as well, and if you do badly in this world, you can go back to the "heaven that is not much better than hell but is like a prison", and if you pray fervently in church or help others, you can go back to the "best heaven", and even if you go back to heaven, you can't get out of the framework of the disparate society.
The worst thing is suicide, and apparently Christians basically don't kill themselves because if they do, they are determined to go to hell without question, and endless siksa (torture) awaits them in hell.
I think my wife has a point in her view that the reason why many Japanese people commit suicide is because of non-religion, and if they knew they were going to die in hell, they wouldn't commit suicide.