The idea of an after-life or a reincarnation is mostly irrelevant to people who live in a developed secular society where they have access to a huge body of knowledge, entertainment, and commercial products.
This is mainly because digitization, high speed data processing, and the scientific method of research has produced rational answers to many of the questions that were previously in the domain of religious opinion.
Our new level of rational knowledge makes traditional religious opinions appear largely superseded and irrelevant in secular social environments.
As a result people in developed countries are unlikely to study much about religion beyond its social-economic influence and the group-think affect that operates in believing groups.
In predominantly secular environments people are more likely to be influenced by the latest developments in fashion, beauty, entertainment, gadgets, and career development.
Early Christian beliefs were 'eternal life' focused and are as relevant now as they were before Christianity became a State religion under the Roman Emperor Constantine.
Unlike many people today who treat physical death as an existence-terminating experience to be avoided for as long as possible the early Christians believed death was the portal that took them to an extended resurrection life.
Young people today may know very little about the history behind this belief or the beliefs of thousands of early Christians who were tortured to death by the Romans because they refused to make a token sacrifice to Roman gods.
To appreciate those core beliefs we need to know about the early Christian church formation that happened when Roman authority was under stress throughout the Empire. In that environment Christian beliefs developed and spread widely, and in Rome the opinions of St. Paul found a strong acceptance and have had an enduring influence in the Roman Church.
If you have traveled in Italy you will have noticed how strong local Church religious beliefs are. In the Arab world there are similarly strong Islamic beliefs. You will have also noticed the strong and widespread psychological need of some people to dominate others and to dictate commands, often with the threat of physical or economic sanctions.
These observations are superficially developed in the Culture Clash article (see menu) which promotes the belief that we should actively care for others and work in any way we can to help remove dictatorial politics from the world scene.
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