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This paper concerns itself with the question of "Is there eternal life?" In discussing eternal life I will attempt to prove that eternal life is a psychological idea that in turn becomes reality. In attempting to prove that eternal life, as an idea becomes reality, this paper will do the following steps:
-give a brief history of the idea of eternal life, define the following terms, (eternal, life, reality, and ideas).
I will present evidence that proves that the idea of eternal life can a become reality. This paper will then summarize its findings, based upon the information presented this paper will have proven that eternal life eventually becomes reality.
Eternal life is about looking forward, while many don't think to look to the future, they would rather live in the present time.
The idea of eternal life was first originated in the Bible. During the time of Christ, (the crucifixion and his rearisal), eternal life was first recognized as a possibility. Christians feel as if
there is a special place where those of us who have been saved will all spend the rest of eternity.
To understand the complete idea of eternal life as a reality you will need to first understand the meaning of a few terms. Eternal is described as without beginning or end; existing through all time: everlasting. Life is described as the time a person or thing is alive or exists, or a specific portion of such time. Reality is described as the quality or fact of being real. Ideas are described as something one thinks, knows, or imagines; a thought; mental conception or image.
In finding reading materials to prove my conception on eternal life, I found many books that showed many different views on the idea of eternal life, and in the following section of the paper, I am going to show you some of the many quotes on beliefs of philosophers that I have come upon.
The first philosopher was Hans Kung, he described his overall image on death as the following, "The stage is wide and empty and white.......the white light remains unchanged. The light is merciless and comfortless" (3).
Kung talks of eternal life as being eternal boredom, he says "it may be eternal boredom yet it is still eternal life" (3). He refers to it as eternal boredom because our "sociological changes only occur in the life we live at the present time and not after death. The eternal
life we eventually lead is set once we die" (4). "Life after death isn't the entry into nothingness, it is the entry into eternity" (Kung, 4).
The idea of eternal life is a "certainty of the future, based not on study of the future but on the hope of the future" (Kung, 223).
Some may look so far into the future that they may not realize what they have, and they are the ones who lose. Don't get me wrong, eternal life is the future but if we realize eternal life is there, we can live in the present. "It is here and now that the opportunities for proving ourselves occur, it is here and now that we win or lose" (Kung, 6).
Although eternal life is a psychological belief, "Does recognition of the fact that psychological factors play a significant part in belief in an eternal life ipso facto exclude the possibility that these factors may be oriented to a real object, to a reality independent of our consciousness?" (Kung, 30).
Mr. Donald Crawford, an English teacher at Eastern Illinois University, allowed me to interview him on December 4th, 1998, at 11:20am. He shared with me his experience with an out of body confrontation. He was in a critical accident at the age of 27, and was threatened by death itself. He was back and forth, while they would continually try and save him at the hospital, he was confronted by his
all members of his family that preceeded him in death, he saw a white light and the closer he got the closer all his family members became. In which he feels their is a life after death.
Another philosopher, by the name of Tony Walter, believes that eternity can be summed up in this metaphor, "Eclipses may be of the sun or of the moon. The sun of eternity, providing
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Heaven, Philosophy of religion, Christian eschatology, Christian cosmology, Christian soteriology, Eternal life, Soul, Afterlife, Eternal, Hell, Annihilationism, Eternal return
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