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How can eternity possibly be forever, when the entire Universe will one day  collapse, die and be no more ?

When that happens, the " nothing but nothingness " that existed before the Universe was born, will again return.  So, where will that leave God, not to mention those of us who've been promised eternal life for believing in Him ?

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Alice S...and what exactly is the " stuff " the universe is expanding into ?

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  • Paul
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    Yes, the physical universe will eventually cease to exist, as all natural things eventually do. But God was here before He created the universe, and will still be here after it ceases to exist. God never changes. And those who have received eternal life from Him will likewise exist with Him forever, outside of time and space.

  • Rita
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Science has outlined four ways that our universe could meet its doom. ... But the Earth is just one planet in the solar system, the Sun is just one of ... We're not even sure if the universe will come to a firm, defined end, or just slowly tail off. ... Every star will die, nearly all matter will decay, and eventually all that ...

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Eternity does not end simply because the universe does.

  • 2 months ago

    You're a little bit behind the times.. The universe's expansion is accelerating.  It shall never collapse.

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  • Old-un
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    ''Lift up your eyes to heaven and see, Who has created these things? It is the One who brings out their army bu number; He calls them all by name. Because of his vast dynamic energy and awe-inspiring power, Not one of them is missing.'' Isaiah 40:26. Psalm 37:9 - 11, 29 shows ''the righteous will possess the earth and live forever on it.'' There is no limit to what Jehovah can do. 

  • Hogie
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Non Sequitur. The universe is physical, and even Scripture says it will be no more. There is still a spiritual realm.

  • 2 months ago

    This world and universe will not collapse on its own.  We have a mighty CREATOR - the LIVING GOD - HE will decide WHEN this will happen but it won't be a collapse.

    God says just as He decided to and then did destroy this earth by WATER once in the flood of Noah - a Preacher of righteousness, whom nobody listened to, but God let everyone perish and saved Noah, his wife, his two sons and their wives - 8 people to begin again. (1 Peter 3:20

    Next time God destroys this earth, He will do it WITH FIRE. That's what 2 Peter 3 is all about.  Read it.

    It explains that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night (unexpectedly) in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise and the elements will MELT WITH FERVENT HEAT, and the EARTH AND ALL THE WORKS IN IT WILL BE BURNED UP.

    Read it - it goes on to asks what manner of persons ought we to be since this is going to happen when the heaven will melt with fervent heat and the earth will be dissolved being ON FIRE etc.

    God is not joking.  THESE THINGS WILL REALLY HAPPEN JUST AS THE FLOOD DID.

    People can joke and mock but one day they will be just like those in Noah's day if they don't shape up quickly.  They will be destroyed as those were who mocked Noah for speaking the truth.

    But God will make a New heaven and a New earth and that one will be for those who love and worship God and Jesus Christ our Lord.

    It's time to repent and receive Jesus Christ - the only sacrifice for your sins.  For there is no other Name under heaven, given amongst men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12)

  • 2 months ago

    Not a Christian, but I don't think most Christians believe that eternal life persists within our Universe. Apparently God exists outside of time and space, so maybe they believe they will be "where"ever God is in "eternal" life. As an ex-Christian, I was taught that the concepts of heaven and hell are incomprehensible to our human minds, but that we have to trust in God. 

    Maybe "eternal" is not intended to mean a literal infinite time within our universe. After all, just looking at the sentences we've written here, it's obvious that our languages are not equipped for describing the absence of time/space. Our root language, Latin, is obsessively based in time. Even you say "before" our universe was born, and we say "outside" of our universe, but these are not accurate descriptors for a "place" (see what I mean) without time or space. The Bible was written by a bunch of men who spoke a human language which shaped the way they think. It's possible that this is just a linguistic thing, that they weren't able to adequately describe this idea of "eternal life" with the limitations of our language and the limitations of their knowledge. 

    But also, Christians believe God is "all powerful" and "all knowing", so they can draw any number of crazy explanations as to how eternal life is possible. If God exists outside of our universe, outside of time-space, then I don't think we can assume he is bound by the same rules of logic as we are. And the fate of the universe is still undetermined, despite what some others say. This coming from someone who has studied cosmology and knows many cosmologists personally. It is not certain that the universe will "end" in the way you describe.

  • 2 months ago

    God controls nature, nature doesn’t control God. 

  • 2 months ago

    Wait...some iron-age clerics promised you eternal life if you believed in the god they were touting, and you BOUGHT THAT? Holy crap, P.T. Barnum was right, there really is a sucker born every minute

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