Originally posted by C Hess
...would you choose to be immortal.
Say scientists manage to extend your life indefinitely, as a religious person, would you choose not to accept this gift, and why? As an atheist I'd be thrilled, of course. Also, if you choose not to accept this gift from science, is that the same as suicide? And what would your god think of that?
I notice that a lot of people here speak of "this gift" as immortality or everlasting life or even eternal life
What folks fail to comprehend is that the gift is really God Himself. It is not something apart from Christ Himself, as some "thing" you put into your pocket.
What is more valuable than God Himself?
Nothing could possibly be more precious than God, embodied as Jesus Christ, as the Holy Spirit of divine life imparted into us.
This "gift" is a Person. Now try to think of a PERSON when you now read this passage -
New American Standard Bible
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
King James Bible
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
is God Himself compounded into our being.
is Christ mingled with our being.
Once again, think A PERSON, when you read "eternal life"
Holman Christian Standard Bible
"For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
International Standard Version
"For this is how God loved the world: He gave his unique Son so that everyone who believes in him might not be lost but have eternal life.
The GIFT is that Living One Who is ultimate
dispensed and compounded into your being so that He becomes You and You become Him. That is for a collective and corporate expression of the union of humanity and divinity for eternity.