By dying on the cross Christ killed the power of death and destroyed the root of evil. By his resurrection, he showed the victory of God over death and evil and the new life that is now open to all those who believe in him. Catholics and Orthodox Christians believe that this new life can be shared by all his followers through faith and through participation in the sacraments of the church. This is a process that begins on earth. It is only completed after death. Thus they say in their creed (statement of beliefs): "We believe in the Resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come."
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