How Long Will Eternity Last?

How long is a long time? My grandson Bryson thinks thirty minutes is a long time. For two years I drove him back and forth to a Pre-school in Nampa, which is a 30 – 45 minute drive from where we live in Boise. We would try to make the time go faster by singing songs or playing “I spy” games. But 3 and 4 year olds just don’t like sitting still for that long. The reason I drove this distance is because I wanted him to attend a Pre-school run by our Church. Here I knew he would be taught not only his ABC’s but also the truth that he has full forgiveness through Christ’s blood.

Bryson’s Mom and Dad split up when he was just one, so my husband and I get to spend more time with him than the average grandparents. It has been a blessing to have him stay with us every Saturday evening and Sunday. Even though his mom and dad don’t attend Church, he has always gone with us. I absolutely love this little boy and am so thankful to have the opportunity to share my Savior with him. I love my own kids as much as I love my grandchildren. My hearts desire is to spend eternity with them—to be an eternal family. I pray every day that those I love will embrace their Savior so that they can be with me for eternity.

Eternity is a long, long time compared to how short our time is on this earth. When we read the words “eternal” or “everlasting” in the KJV New Testament, these words are most often translated from the Greek words “Aion, aionios, and aidios”. Whenever we read about the amazing blessings of eternal life with our Heavenly Father, we don’t question that “eternal” means forever. But did you realize that this same word is used to describe the length of time that someone will spend in hell? Those who go to hell and live eternally with Satan and his demons will be there as long as those who spend eternity with Heavenly Father—forever!

Eternity is a long, long time and that is one of the reasons I have this blog. I know that you have been misled into believing that there is no way you could possibly spend an eternity in Hell. You have been taught that even if you were bad enough to be sent to hell, you will only be there until Judgment Day. But this teaching is false!! If you don’t believe me, then trust the words of John, the Apostle whom Jesus loved! He described the lake of fire as a place where those who go “shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10-15).

Forever is a long, long time. The Apostles Paul and Jude, along with Jesus, claimed that Hell will be a place of everlasting destruction, fire, punishment and chains (2 Thessalonians 1:8/Jude 7/Matthew 18:8, 25:41). Jude testified that those from Sodom and Gomorrh would suffer the vengeance of eternal fire. Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah when he said that it is a place where “their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:43-48).

Doing this thorough Bible study about Hell has reinforced my desire to share God’s truth with you. I can’t bear the thought that so many deceived people will spend “eternity” in Hell. My last post declared God’s truth that sin, any sin, is the reason someone will be cast into Hell. But why will someone gain eternal life? Human logic tells us that since disobedience disqualifies us, obedience must be the way to qualify. Mormon prophets tell us that if we just try hard enough—if we can just be obedient enough, we can qualify for eternal life with our best effort.

But God has told us differently. Jesus himself testified that our best effort is not good enough–we must be perfect (Matthew 5:48). No one can meet God’s requirements to gain eternal life by their own obedience. Because of this truth God lovingly provided a way—a different plan. He sent His son Jesus to be obedient and fulfill His law for us.

Jesus came to be our substitute for the perfection required to dwell in God’s presence. His shed blood washes away all your sins. The truth—God’s truth, is that only through faith in His Son can you be declared perfect. The only way to gain eternal life is through faith in the fact that Jesus has already gained it for you!!!

The Bible is very clear that faith in Jesus is how to receive eternal and everlasting life. No one describes this truth more beautifully than the Apostle John. His testimony is that it is through belief in Jesus that a person escapes the fires of everlasting hell and gains eternal life. When we read his words describing eternal or everlasting life, he always uses the present or the past tense.

John wrote down the very words of his Savior when he declared boldly that for those with faith, gaining eternal life is a done deal! “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” (John 6:47)

I beg of you to listen to my words. The next time you think time is moving slowly, think about how long eternity will be. Re-read the story Jesus told us in Luke chapter sixteen about the rich man who was stuck in hell for eternity. “Forever” is a long, long time to spend in an everlasting fire, in the same domain as Satan.

But praise the Lord, you don’t have to be afraid! Jesus came to save you from this fate and He has cleansed you from all sin. Heavenly Father desires to spend eternity with you. It is His will that you believe and receive everlasting life: “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40)

Eternal life is guaranteed as long as you believe in the true Christ. If you don’t believe my words, believe the Apostle whom Jesus loved. The following passages are words the Holy Spirit inspired him to write, declaring that the way to gain eternal life is by belief in the Savior who earned it for you:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24)

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)

“If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:9-13)

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8 Comments

  1. geoff456 said,

    June 4, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    You say: “Mormon prophets tell us that if we just try hard enough, if we can just be obedient enough—we can qualify for eternal life with our best effort”
    But that is not quite correct…. As it is taught in the Book of Mormon, we are saved by GRACE, after all we can do. We are NOT saved by WHAT we do…We are saved by the Saviors grace.

    also: “The Bible is very clear that faith in Jesus is how to gain eternal and everlasting life.”

    I have faith. I have a very strong faith in my Father in Heaven and in His Son, Jesus Christ. I will be judged by the Lord, not man.

    ~Geoff

  2. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    June 17, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Geoff,

    You wrote: “We are not saved by what we do…We are saved by the Saviors grace.”

    If you believe that we are not saved by what we do, but by the Saviors grace, does that mean you believe all people will spend eternity in the same place–with Heavenly Father?

  3. shematwater said,

    June 17, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I don’t suppose GEOFF will mind me offering an answer to this.

    While we are saved (admitted to heaven) through the grace of Christ, our reward once there is dependant on our works (see Revelation 22: 12)

  4. catzgalore said,

    July 8, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Shem, I am still curious about what happens to the mentally deficient in your heaven. In your Doctrine and Covenants Section 130, it says:
    18 Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.
    19 And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.

    So then, if you are mentally handicapped on earth, you will be mentally handicapped in heaven? If you have Alzheimer’s on earth, you will have Alzheimer’s in heaven? Or maybe you don’t GET to go to heaven? The other conclusion is that being mentally handicapped is sin and therefore the deficiencies will disappear. And just getting a free ride (as Geoff said) is not consistent with anything.

  5. catzgalore said,

    July 8, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I know that you think that if I point out what your scriptures say I am being contentious. I’m not trying to be– but I have been reading the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants, and I see things that jump out at me…
    Over and over it is said on this blog that your doctrines are not contradictory. But you said:
    “While we are saved (admitted to heaven) through the grace of Christ, our reward once there is dependant on our works (see Revelation 22: 12)”

    Is that really what you believe? That it is the grace of Christ that saves us and our reward once there is dependent on our works? That is good!!!

    But your scriptures say after all we can do…that adds Works to the mix. It is not saying your reward is dependent on your works, it says it is part of the reason we are saved. It says we are saved AFTER ALL WE CAN DO!.

    2 Nephi:23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.

    and according to the following verses, you must be perfect BEFORE you can be sanctified by grace: Again, it is saying if you are perfect, THEN God’s grace is sufficient.
    Moroni 10:32-33
    32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
    And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.

    And your Articles of Faith say:
    3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

    Again, the grace of Christ is not sufficient; we must obey the laws and ordinances.

    I didn’t just dig these up. They are on the lds site, A-Z Index, under “salvation”. It is what your church teaches. If you truly believe that is only the Grace and Mercy of Christ that saves, then you aren’t following your church’s teachings; or else the doctrines have changed since the Book of Mormon was written.

    I know I believe contradictory stuff too. I don’t know all I should, I have not studied as I ought. But I do know this: The only way the law can save us is if we keep it PERFECTLY. Nothing else will do. The only way we can be PERFECTED is through the shed blood of Jesus, not of works.

  6. shematwater said,

    July 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    CATZ

    I understand what you say, but you are reading from the point of view of a non-member. To you there is only one heaven and one hell. To us there are verying degrees of glory.

    In the Scriptures, when it speaks of being saved it is speaking of being exalted. Why is this? Because we know what the final goal is. We believe in the Celestial Kingdom and exaltation. Thus, for us to receive any less would not constitute salvation for us. (like in school: a B is good, but an A is the goal and what we speak about as a good grade)

    The basic definition of saved in the Church is to enter heaven. This is done for us by the Grace of Christ. But to receive of the greatest reward, or to receive of the fulness of Salvation, we must work.

    I described Salvation in the way I did because it is the easiest way for those who do not think like us to actually understand what we teach.

    As to those who are mentally defficient:

    Getting a free ride is not entirely accurate. Again, you must understand more of the LDS doctrine and thought process to understand this whole concept.
    In the simplest terms possible, Satan does not have power to tempt those whose mental copacity prevents them from understand right and wrong. This includes children under the age of eight years, and all those whose mental ability is equal to a child under the age of eight years.

    Next think to understand is that the spirit of men has intelligence. Even as a newly born child, the spirit has intelligence. It is the mortal body that prevents the use of that intelligence. Most people can learn to overcome the limitations of the mortal body, but some have bodies that completely prevent them from accessing their intelligence.

    Now, in the resurrection, when our bodies are quickened and become immortal these limitations will not exist, and so the intelligence that was possessed by the person as a spirit will rise with them in the resurrection.

    As to the free ride, these people are given this blessing in this life because of their actions in the previous existance. As I said, Satan cannot tempt these people. This is a blessing. Because of what they did during the war in heaven they have already ensured their salvation.

  7. catzgalore said,

    July 10, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    When I read this, the following verses came to mind….
    Luke 18: 9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

  8. catzgalore said,

    July 10, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I’ve thought of this before, because I wondered why you chose “shemawater” as your name.

    Shema Yisrael — “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One”
    “The Shema is a declaration of faith, a pledge of allegiance to One God. It is said upon arising in the morning and upon going to sleep at night. It is said when praising God and when beseeching Him. It is the first prayer that a Jewish child is taught to say. It is the last words a Jew says prior to death.”

    How does this fit with your belief that there is more than one god?

    And why “shemawater”?


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