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How does the christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Hindu belief in Samsara compare to the meaning of life after death?

Answer
There is no comparison whatsoever. Hinduism believe that people are re-incarnated as men, beasts or plants or rocks depending upon a variety of factors, including "karma". Resurrection is a person coming back to life as the same person as an act of God.

In the case of Jesus, His death and resurrection is entirely unique. The Bible does not agree that everyone automatically re-incarnates into someone or someone else, but rather what one does in their life determines the what happens to them after death. Sin separates us from God, and separation from God puts us in rebellion to God. When we turn against God, we are destine to following Satan to the lake of fire. Out of love God chose to provide a way out. He came to earth, born as a man, and died on the cross for our sins, so that any one who accepts his sacrifice might be saved (John 3:16). Jesus defeated death demonstrating that He was indeed God, was resurrected from the dead by God the Father and He remains alive today.

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I am able to answer a wide range of questions regarding orthodox Christian theology as well as those of many of the more common cults and religious movements (inside and outside of the church). This includes Protestantism, Charismatic movement, New Apostolic Reformation, Strategic Prayer/Spiritual Warfare, Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Calvinism, Reformed Church, Baptist Church, Pentecostalism, and Oneness Pentecostalism. I have been a member of or have attended many of the above. I have studied the beliefs and literature of the remaining through a variety of means, including in most cases interacting with members and/or leaders in these organizations. I also maintain a significant library/resource of information on these movements and organizations.

Experience

I have been a lifelong student of the Bible. In addition, I have been saved through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, and believe in the truth of God's Holy word in the Bible as the inerrant and infallible word of God. I have been a believer for over 43 years. Other qualifications include:

- Former member of the counril of a local church
- Speaker at the "Last Days Bible Conference" and other functions.
- Researcher into religious movements and cults (maintain website with information on some of these movements and cults)
- Member of the Apologetics Coordination Team

I hold to the view that the Bible is inerrant and infallible, and I belief that the Bible is our sole authority on matters of faith and doctrine (Sola Scripture, Sola Fide).

Organizations
Apologetics Coordination Team (http://op.50megs.com/act/) Network of Christian Apologists in Calgary (http://www.whyjesus.ca)

Publications
Website, accessible by means of http://discern.ca or http://www.religioninfo.org; and Audio files of talks at Last Days Bible Conference available at http://ldbc.ca

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.)

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