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Is there a sound way to achieve eternal life?

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I asked this same question in the Philosophy. Some there seem to express belief that, since, by theory, energy cannot be created or destroyed, then when we die our energy is used by something else, and that's how you live eternally. That thought about energy may be true, but if that is all there is, we are not accountable for HOW we live our lives - both good and bad. There is something wrong with that, so the question really is, how can one achieve CONSCIOUS eternal life as a person?

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  • 7 years ago
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    No man can "achieve" eternal life. Why? Look at Romans 6:23. Everlasting life is a gift from God. No man can work for life and not put his heart in agreement with God (see Acts 13:48) As James pointed out faith and works come together as one. (James 2:18-26)

    As to your asking the question of philosophers and having them ignore what you ask and instead try to apply the conservation of energy theory to your question. Sadly they ignore basic physics. Energy and matter are interchangeable. But energy unlike matter can be directed. For instance, look at the life principle.

    Gen 2:7 tells us Jehovah breathed into the newly formed body of the man, life. Then when a man dies Ecclesiastes 12:7 simply tells us the spirit (energy, life force or principle) returns to God at death..

    From these two verses we can easily see that life is not energy as we understand energy. It is something we do not understand. Life does not fit into any scientific discussion. All we know about life is this. Jehovah God is the source of life. ( Psalm 36:9) Nowhere is life spoken of as being created. Period.

    look again at Ecc 12:7. God GIVES life. And at Psalm 104:29 at what happens when he takes it away.

    What is life? Frankly we do not know. We cannot analyze it or duplicate it. We can modify it by tinkering with DNA. But that is the full extent of the knowledge of man.

    You might go back to your philosophy question and ask them to authoritatively analyze life. I wonder at the answers you will get.

    Eternal life? The lowly amoeba has eternal or everlasting life. When you analyze an amoeba you are looking at the very first amoeba created. They simply divide into two exact copies. They have been doing just that for ages since they were created. Something for all to think about.

  • 7 years ago

    Yes, believe on the Lord God, and confess that Jesus is God's only begotten son! Live life according to God's inspired instructions in the scriptures and remember that Jehovah God has promised to return those faithful to an earthly paradise.

    God has given us freedom of choice. Having this freedom means that we can rebel against God and make choices that are contrary to His desires. Since we can say that evil is anything contrary to God's perfect and holy will, then anyone who chooses anything contrary to God's perfection is committing evil. But this is the risk of being able to have freedom of choice. Evil and suffering are the result of making bad free choices. But how could this account for natural disasters and sickness that brings suffering? Biblically, Adam represented not only all of his descendents, but he was also the head of the created order since he was given dominion over the earth. Therefore, when he fell, sin entered into the world Read Rom. 5:5--and with it the effects of falling spread to the earth as well as to humanity. Romans 5:5 “and the hope does not lead to disappointment; because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy spirit, which was given to us. . .”

    I chose to follow him then I have hope of this paradise:

    Ecclesiastes 9:5, "For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all, nor do they have any more reward, because all memory of them is forgotten. 6 Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they no longer have any share in what is done under the sun. Psalm 146:4 “when a man dies, “his thoughts do perish.” 

    Nominal “Christian” pastors use this to scare people into going to church and donating money to keep out of hellfire.” God would never roast and toast anyone!!!!

    Hellfire? The word for that came from the word Gehenna, the common word for the Valley of Hinnom. That place east of Jerusalem was the city garbage dump. The city used burning sulfur to keep down disease. When Jesus used the word as the place of no return everyone understood what he meant, when he spoke of it.

    Hell: SHEOL AND HADES --What do they really mean? Let’s ask an authority--Webster's Dictionary says that the English word "hell" is equal to the Hebrew word Sheol and the Greek word Hades. Hell is the common grave of mankind--according to Jesus Christ. John 11:11 Jesus said Lazarus was “sleeping” and he was going there to awaken him--and upwards of 500 people saw him.

    The Hebrew word Sheol, which referred to the “abode of the dead,” is translated “hell” in some versions of the Bible. What does this passage reveal about the condition of the dead? Do they suffer in Sheol in order to atone for their errors? No, for they “know nothing.” That is why the patriarch Job, when suffering terribly because of a severe illness, begged God: “Protect me in hell [Hebrew, Sheol].” (Job 14:13; Douay-Rheims Version) What

    meaning would his request have had if Sheol was a place of eternal torment? 

    Sheol (pronounced "Sheh-ole") , in Hebrew the "underworld", or "pit". ..

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheol  , the realm of dead, the common grave of mankind, Hell. In older English translations of the Bible, notably the Authorized or King James Bible ... 

    en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sheol 

    Jesus was perfect. Let me ask you, was Jesus deserving of eternal burning in “The teaching of the most churches affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. hades/sheol/hell since they are all one in the same...one is greek/hebrew/english?

    Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, ‘eternal fire.’ The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God.”—Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994 edition, page 270.

    What does the Bible say? “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”—Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10, Revised Standard Version. 

    This is what is in store for those of mankind --a restored paradise as it was in the beginning:

    "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth..."

    He created a perfect human couple, and Satan deceived them into believing they could be "like" Jehovah God. They sinned and God had warned them that if they did, "...they would surely die..." So all mankind had sin and death passed on to them.

    But Jehovah's purpose could not be thwarted--and He purposed " a new heaven and a NEW EARTH in which righteousness is to dwell."

    "David [whom the Bible refers to as being `a man agreeable to Jehovah's heart'] did not ascend to the heavens." No, but will be resurrected back to a paradise earth.

    Scriptures that state a new earth will be created and all God’s followers will live there

    Psalm 37:11

    But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

    Isaiah 65:17

    or, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

    Matthew 5:5

    Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

    Learn more at: www.jw.org

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