For Christians, Muslims and Jews, in particular, the final judgment is a day when God will bring all humans before him - men and women, rich and poor - to weigh in the balance their actions on earth. Depending on how individuals acted according to their fellow human-beings and depending on how they treated God’s words and law, God’s judgment will provide either blessings and opportunities - or some kind of punishment.
For people of faith, this belief in a final judgment acts as a crucial point of accountability for influencing and shaping their actions on earth. For those who do not believe in God, this kind of a belief seems like really effective social control and fear-mongering to keep people in line.
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