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  • Egyptian Heaven - Fields of Reeds (Aaru)

  • Comparison Between Egyptian Field of Reeds and Christian Heaven

    CriteriaEgyptian Field of Reeds Christian Heaven
    Images Field of Reeds Heaven
    Eligibility - The dead spend eternity in the field of reeds know in ancient Egypt as Aaru, after successfully passing the final judgment in the Hall of Maat.
    - Those whose heart did not match the weight of the feather of Ma'at due to their sins were excluded and had no purgatory chance
    - Eternal life was only granted to those who had a proper funeral, mummification and tomb, thus nobles and rich men had greater chance of achieving eternity in the Field of Reeds
    - The Social Pyramid and division of classes was maintained in the afterlife, and Pharaohs maintained their social status as gods, thus when a pharaoh was succeeded by his rival, the later usually defaced the tomb of his predecessor, in a attempt to diminish his chances of reaching heaven. Such is the case of Thutmose 3 who desecrated the tomb of his rival Queen Hatshepsut
    - Heaven is a place for the saved only, those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord
    - Some Christians enter Heaven after Purgatory. In Purgatory, a soul pays off all temporal punishment one deserved for the sins he committed in life.
    - Funerals and entombing in Christian beliefs does not play any role in eligibility for entering heaven
    - Equality - no social status in heaven, men have an equal chance of going to heaven and an equal treatment also, kings and slaves alike, depending only in their deeds
    Physical characteristics - Placed in the east, where the sun rises, it is always described as eternal reed fields, very much like those of the earthly Nile delta, an ideal hunting and fishing ground
    - These fields are tilled to provide the dead with food
    - Heaven is described as a garden with flowing rivers, situated up in the sky
    Tasks - Coffin Texts spoke of agricultural tasks performed by the deceased for all eternity
    - To undertake this hard work for the noble deceased, the ushabti makes its first appearance in the Coffin Texts
    - The ushabti were small figurines, often representing the servants of the deceased. They acted as magical substitute workers and relieve the deceased of all hard work
    - Heaven is a place of great rewards, joy and happiness, the Bible does not mention any hard work or earthly tasks
    - There is no sadness, sickness or struggles in heaven
    Duties and necessities - In the Realm of Osiris, the ordinary dead people have to pay their respects to the gods who dwell in the Fields of Reeds and asks them for help in achieving their usual tasks, and overcoming their everyday challenges.
    - The dead Pharaohs continued their superior status as heavenly gods
    - Life similar to earth - A continuation of the earthly necessities and challenges such as eating, drinking, fighting and marriage
    - The Kingdom of God, a place where god lives and is worshiped for ever, by all souls alike
    - Completely new spiritual life - The souls can no longer marry, have sex, or give children. Neither they need food or drink for survival, souls become like angels