Since the beginning of history, humans have sought to find the source of eternal life. Many special places have been tried. Others have created unusual mixtures. Some have gone on distant pilgrimages.
Various religions have promised eternal life – which one is right? Who has the answer or is it a waste of time searching?
What is eternal life? In basic form, it is the wish to live this life forever. For others it is a better life after this one,, either in heaven or reincarnated to another chance in life. Some dream of paradise and invoke the imagination of what they want there.
What does the Bible teach?
The Old Testament is the narrative of God creating all things good. Then Satan deceives the first humans, encouraging them to rebel and so death destroys present happiness. However, those who believed God, hoped for something better after this life. The law was given through Moses to bring people back to God, but the attitude of most people was to wander away from God.
The Jesus came. He came to show us God as the Father. He came to connect lost people with God. He taught the people about the life to come. He spoke of the resurrection and the day of judgement. He made promises about being in the Fathers house – heaven.
More than a place, and more than a condition, He presented Eternal life as a relationship with God – as children connected to a loving Father. This connection He presented as beginning in this life and being fulfilled in life beyond death.
Some Bible quotations:
Luke 18:18 "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Mark 10:30 " ....and in the age to come eternal life"
John 3:16 " God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."
John 17:3 " This is eternal life, that they know you (God the Father), and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."
Titus 3:7 " . being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
1 John 5:20 "And we know the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him that is true; and we are in Him that is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life."
I encourage you my reader to search more. Maybe you could use
www.biblegateway.com to find more Bible places about eternal life.
Best of all it is possible to know we have eternal life now, not waiting for judgement day!
1 John 5:11 "God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life, whoever does not have the Son does not have life."
John 5:24 "Truly ,truly I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life He does not come into judgement but has passed from death to life."
I encourage you to read through the Gospel by John and notice how often Jesus Christ refers to "eternal life".
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