One of three initial responses to the title of this OP will likely happen right now straight out of the gate.
1. A first response may be; What do you mean "eternal life, is that all there is", what else is there?
2. A second response may be; I like where this is going let's discuss more!
3. A third response may be; This guy has lost it! Next.
Perhaps there are others responses... fire away. Hopefully your initial response is #2 which is what I would care to discuss.
Several threads of late focus on whether Jesus is God, whether faith only is required to goto heaven, whether works only is required to get eternal life, tangents in threads include do Christians even goto heaven or is it eternal life, does God have relationships with man, does Jesus have a relationship with man, is your bible corrupt, etc. I have found myself often getting engaged in what gets reduced to arguments over anything but the OP. I think it often happens with everybody here, no? The problem is, we all want to be right, we don't want to discuss, we want to make the other guy look bad and make ourselves look good. We resort to calling others names and saying some pretty nasty things... all the while calling ourselves Christians (those that claim to be Christians anyhow). Can you say, non edifying, not productive?
The OP, "Eternal Life, is that all there is?", to further expound on that question; is this life only about doing what is necessary to obtain eternal life (the next life), acepting some truth or performing some works? Is it about doing what we think is necessary to obtain eternal life? Believing something to obtain eternal life?
Don't misunderstand me, I want to spend eternity with the Lord but not for the obvious reasons one might think. You see there is something we sometimes overlook with regards to God and should remember first and foremost and that is, his Majesty, his Glory, his beauty, and he is beautiful in ways we cannot even imagine, who he is! He is so much more than just a life boat, and escaping the alternative and getting eternal life as if it is some sort of prize to work for or be won. We cannot earn eternal life.
Our desire to obtain eternal life should be not only to live on for all eternity but to glorify him as he deserves, and he deserves it! Our lives, if he truly lives within us whereas we are his and he is ours should radiate his glory more and more as we grow deeper and deeper in his Word, and in him.
In John 17, Jesus states;
John 17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The High Priestly Prayer
17 Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, 2 even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. 3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
The word 'know' in verse 3, means to know on the most intimate level as in a man knows his wife as one, it is in the deepest sense, it is a relationship. Trust, no pretense, no ulterior motive, no malice, it is pure.
Jesus is eternal life!
What are your thoughts, similar? Different?