There are many different beliefs of what happens after you die according to different religions, often it is the ideal of what the founder would want.
The Shinto belief holds that life should be enjoyed before worrying about death, but it has some theories.The Shinto believe that your spirit is an individual for about a decade after death, after that they believe you form a collective sentience with your ancestors who guards over the living members of your family. This represents the strong Japanese sense of kinsmanship, and love of ones family. It is commonplace to represent this belief by throwing away the deceased individual’s memorial stone and replacing it with a pebble, which in turn is placed with pebbles representing others who died in the family beforehand. This shows us that the Shinto people like to look to those before them for guidance or help, in a way to fall back on them when all else fails. Of course this afterlife isn’t believed in, or thought about, by all Shinto, as it isn’t really addressed much.
Christianity has a completely different outlook, with their view of the afterlife set in stone. Christians believe in heaven and hell. Heaven being a paradise where all is good and pure, and hell being a land full of all things bad and evil. The ideas of heaven and hell are shared by many religions, but are thought to have originated from Zoroastrianism. The Christians believe that if you lead a good life you will go to heaven, and if you lead an evil life you will be sent to hell. Some believe that god lives in heaven. Different varieties of christianity have some slight variations, but with the same basic idea. For example, Mormons believe in a celestial realm, a telestial realm, a terrestrial realm and the outer darkness. Celestial and telestial realms being the best, and the terrestrial realm and outer darkness being the worst. Christians also believe that you will be in the one that you are assigned to for eternity, meaning an eternity in paradise or an eternity in constant pain and torment. Meaning that even if you have learnt your lesson in hell, you are still bound to damnation without relief.
Hinduism has completely different views to the previous two religions. Hindus believe in reincarnation, coming back as something else, for example a tiger, or a mouse. Hinduism believes in karma, the flow of moral energies. Good deeds give you good karma, and bad deeds give you bad karma. If you have more good karma you will come back as something nice, but if you have more bad karma you’ll come back as something bad. However, if you live your next life well, you might come back as something better. To sum up, Hinduism dictates that our time on this world is not yet over, and what we’ll be next is determined on our actions now.
The different beliefs of these religions have obvious similarities and differences. Both Christianity and Hinduism believe that what we do now affects our afterlife. Christianity believes that if we live well we will go to good place and vice versa, while Hinduism believes if we live well we will come back as something good and vice versa. Both Shinto and Hinduism believe we will revisit this world. Shinto dictates that we will come back here as guiding spirits to our surviving family, and Hindus think we will come back as other creatures. Both Shinto and Christianity believe that the afterlife will be spiritual, not physical. Shinto believes we will be guiding spirits to our family on this earth, but not physical beings, and Christians believe that we will go to purely sentient lands, that no one living can see or visit.
There are many different beliefs of what happens after you die according to different religions, often it is the ideal of what the founder would want.