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February 24, 2006


tony jones

great thoughts and questions, mike.


Casey Burns

How does the idea of eternal life fit into your theology? Is it an afterthought, i.e., icing on the cake, or is it fundamental to our hope as Christians in addition to the current inbreaking of the Kingdom of God?


Elder B-Shnizle,

A most excellent question. For me (right now) I would have to say ALL OF THE ABOVE and THEN SOME. As with most things, my answer is complicated. On the one hand an eternal afterlife is “icing on the cake,” because when/if it occurs for me, it will hopefully be an awesome ending to an already full life of single minded “Kingdom living.”

Do I have hope in heaven? Only in the sense that I know, no matter how much we live the Kingdom life, things will still be screwed up because sin always enters (but that does not mean that we should not work as if we could bring the kingdom).

On the other hand, when does eternity start? When most people talk about eternity there seems to be an implication that it begins after we die, but I don’t see it that way. I see eternity occurring right now. In that sense Heaven and Hell exist right now today, and we choose everyday where we want to reside.


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