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Or just some central passages. Perhaps one/two passages from the gospels, and one/two etc from the rest of the Bible (if they should exist).

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Not sure what you mean by a "traditional" afterlife, but in addition to Jesus' repeated allusions to it: The resurrection (and subsequent ascension into heaven, if that's not clear enough). –  svidgen Mar 21 at 18:28
    
I've noticed that most questions on this site are from people with an axe to grind. Such biased question wording. –  david brainerd Mar 25 at 3:08
    
what a stupid comment. I'm just curious what central scriptural aspect is behind the fundamental "be good now and I'll get into heaven when I die" principle so many Christians base their lives on. The reason this has got 4 down votes is because it touches a nerve. The people down-voting are the ones with the axe to grind. I have asked a perfectly sensible question: on another stack exchange this would be discussed maturely and as an important question. –  Alexander Giles Mar 25 at 10:44

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The parable of the rich man and Lazarus told by Jesus is probably the best Scriptural reference to afterlife in the Bible.

All scripture is quoted from the King James translation.

Luke 16:19 through 31

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Another good example is:

Mat 25:31 through 34

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Another:

Mark 10:29-30

And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

There is also:

Joh 10:25 through 29

Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

and from the old testament:

Daniel 12:2 and 3

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Isaiah 25:8

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken [it].

There are at least 25 other Scriptures throughout the Bible, That I could quote to you; but the best is what Jesus himself said. There are several more that Jesus said if you wish I will give you a list separately by e-mail.

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Jesus speaks of the Kingdom of God, and of Eternal Life. These things have nothing to do with death. –  Alexander Giles Mar 22 at 1:21

The plan of salvation begins in Genesis and continues throughout the bible to Revelation.

John 3;16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. KJV

John 10;28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. KJV

1st Corinthians 15; 20-22 But now is Christ risen from the deasd, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. KJV

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