The Spiritual Journey
and Ultimate Destiny of Man

At a person’s demise, does the soul remain in the grave awaiting the resurrection, as taught in Islam, or is the soul of a saved person immediately taken to paradise, as taught in Christianity and modern Judaism?

Which is true-the Tibetan Buddhist belief that forty-nine days after death human beings face an entity named Emma-O who dictates the next step in their evolution, or the Muslim belief that the deceased are scrutinized by two angels, Munkar and Nakir, in order to determine their final destiny, or the Hindu belief that Yama, the Lord of death, determines the details of the next incarnation, or the Christian belief that at death, every person is assessed by the Lord Jesus Christ, and assigned to an everlasting location?

Which is correct-the Shinto belief that after thirty-three years a deceased person loses his or her individual personality and enters forever into the ranks of the kami (the gods), or the Theosophist belief that every evolving soul normally waits ten to fifteen centuries before reincarnating?

How can the universalist belief that all souls will eventually reach perfection be fused with the idea that there is a final judgment out of which only the righteous will emerge with eternal life?

How can the doctrine of reincarnation, espoused by Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and others, be united with the idea that the soul has only one existence in this world, as embraced by Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Zoroastrianism? Is reincarnation the true journey of every soul, or is resurrection the ultimate outcome? Or is the Bahá’í faith right in saying that neither reincarnation nor resurrection are correct doctrines?

Will all souls ultimately become formless spirits, merging with the Godhead, or will the heirs of eternal life receive definite, visible, celestial forms: eternal glorified bodies?

Is the soul, as a separate entity, destined to enjoy eternal communion with God, as advocated in the teachings of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, or will the liberated soul forever lose its individuality and be absorbed into God, as promoted in certain branches of Hinduism?