Many have heard that life is short and to enjoy it as much as you can, but what if we could live forever? What would happen if we didn’t have to walk our own green mile? Everyone’s views on eternal life are different, especially from younger and older people. Many factors can affect one’s views; religion, age, culture, and how they were raised. When you ask someone “would you like to live forever” they immediately have an inner conflict. Would they want to live longer than their friends and family or to die naturally? Would they like to see heaven or are they afraid there isn’t one. After interviewing my old friend and my young friend, I got answers from younger and older people. Their answers were very different from each other. For example some questions I asked were; “what are your feelings and thoughts on prolonged life?” “Would you want to live forever?” “Do you think the time we have is too short or long?” so you can imagine the how their answers differed. I think religion had a big part on their answers. My old friend is very religious and my new friend is still unsure whether God exists. I asked my old friend if he would like to live forever, His answer surprised me he told me that he would not like to live forever .He said “our bodies do not live forever but our spirits do. He also said when our bodies get old and wore out; you do not want to live more than you have to. Our bodies are programmed to wear out”. Then I asked him if he thought time we have now is to short? “Way to short” old friend said, “life is over before you get to do anything”.
Interviewing my old friend was really hard especially on this miserable topic. Since the doctor gave him a short time to live. It was even harder asking him these questions. Would you still want to live forever even if you were the only one? “No, I can’t wait to see my friends and family in heaven, I do not want to see all of them die and for me to stay here” Old friend said. About a month ago I got this strange phone call, they told me that the world was ending and our messiah was here. We all have heard these scary rumors, no one knows the truth. I asked my old friend about this. He told me “the world will not end it will just change”. Then I asked him would you want to be here to see the end of time? He answered “no I don’t think any of us should be here when time is ending”. Here is the real question what do you the world would be like? Say everyone lived a lot longer than usual. Do you think it would be better or worse? My old friend took more time on this question then answered “the problems that we have will increase, and our resources will be used up. A lot more people would go hungry”. Old friend’s answers surprised me; I thought everyone would want to live forever. I expected both new friend and old friend to have the same answer. I guess in time I will understand why he said what he said. Like I said before age has a big part in it, my mom once told me “sure you would want to live forever your young and healthy, but your gold friend is old and his body is wearing out”. Interviewing new friend also made me realize this. I asked him the same question; would you like to live forever? “I halfway wish to be true by my own selfish desires of living forever, but I would rather live in heaven if such a place exists”. Then I asked him, even if you were the only one? He answered“ no, I would rather die than have my friends and family die around me”. I also asked him if he thought the time we had now was too short. He told me “the time we have now is way too short, because it is unexpected you could go at any second”. Here is where there answers really differ. My old friend told me he would not like to be here when the world is ending. My new friend told me the opposite; he said “yes I would like to be here to see the last sunrise or sunset”. Why would their answers be so different?
I do not understand why. I think most people would agree with me that sadly we do need and have to die. I do not think the world will be better place with more people. It will be like living in dog houses because it is so crowded and most of us would starve. But my new friend gave me a whole new perspective. He said “just think if Da vinci had more time, how much more he could have accomplished”. This makes me think of all the new science and technology that we have come up with to prolong our lives, and look how far we come. We may not live for 1,000 years old like Adam or Noah in the Old Testament. But we do live longer than we use to. I have concluded that every ones opinion on eternal life varies due to their age and background
Most people think of eternal life as living forever in heaven. But it’s more than that. Eternal life also is a here-and-now thing. Probably the best-known Bible reference to eternal life is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” In that verse, “eternal” translates a word in the original language that means “age long.” The idea is of life that never ends. It points to an afterlife where there is no death. But it also is talking about eternal life that we “have” right now — not “will have someday.”
Jesus — who God raised from the dead — made a promise to people who have eternal life: “I myself will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:40). That gives you hope for the future, even if life right now is really hard.
Eternal life means escaping the power of death. This life is ruled by death. Everything that lives will die. Physically, there is no way to escape it. But death wasn’t the end of the story for Jesus — God brought Him back to life. In the same way, death isn’t the end of the story for us. The Bible says: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
What eternal life is NOT is eternal death. John 3:16 says that people with eternal life will not “perish,” a word that means “be totally destroyed.” Matthew 25:46 talks about “eternal punishment” as the destiny of people whose lives aren’t lived God’s way. If eternal life is living forever with God, then maybe the opposite is dying forever, or maybe it’s living forever apart from God.
But eternal life isn’t just something that starts after you die. It’s also a here-and-now thing.
“Eternal life” also refers to the quality of this life. Jesus said “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). “Abundantly,” in the original language, means “more extremely.” When ordinary life is routine and boring, Jesus gives you a new life that is extreme!
Eternal life is God’s own life, living in you. If you want to know what that means look at the kind of life Jesus lived .Piercing insight into the most troubling and confusing problems people face. Strength to win the struggles with sin that people usually lose. God’s miracle-working power that turns impossible situations into exciting victories.
Eternal life is full and free, like a natural spring that keeps bubbling up fresh, cool water even in the time of serious drought (John 4:14).
Most of all, eternal life is the kind of life that results from a close, loving relationship with our heavenly Father and His only Son. “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).
Eternal life is a life that is full and free and forever. It is peace, joy and assurance. It is comfort, strength and hope. It’s never-ending life with God life in heaven after we die, but it’s also abundant life here and now.
It’s the kind of life all of us really want. It’s the kind of life we can never achieve. It’s the kind of life God gives us for free when we finally admit how much we need His help.