Inherent in the question, “Is it wrong to believe there is eternal life for everyone?” there is another level of understanding that must also come into question. If we are eternal beings, what are our options?
There is little doubt as to the electrical energy that science has determined that we, as human beings, create with our soul consisting of what is essentially the connecting link between spirit and matter or between spirit and our human personality. But where does that energy go?
According to author Corinne McLaughlin, the soul is the mediating or bridging principle of consciousness and the force that holds all forms together so the life of God may be expressed through them. The soul is a unit of light colored by a particular ray vibration and is anchored in two places in the body. What’s called the “consciousness thread” is anchored in the top of the head, and the “life thread” is anchored in the heart. We can sense the presence of the soul most easily in our hearts or at the top of our heads. Studies have proven the link between the heart and the brain by testing the theory that the heart is involved in our feelings, that it is intelligent and that it sometimes can lead the brain in our interpretation of the world around us. Energy cannot be destroyed, only transferred.
Beverly Mattox, Word Alive International Outreach
Eternal life for all is God’s desire
We were created in the image of God, who is eternal. God has a way for us to live wholesome lives now and for all eternity. It is God’s will, even desire, for everyone to receive eternal life.
St. Paul answers the question in 1 Cor. 15:53-57
53: ... everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal.
54: Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
55: Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?
56: It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power.
57: But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three — sin, guilt, death — are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God! (From “The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language” by Eugene H. Peterson).
God offers us eternal life in his presence, and that offer starts with God calling us — when we cannot hear, see or even understand. Methodist call this “Previenent Grace.” God is always reaching out to us like parents who talk and play music to their unborn child.
Only when we are like a newborn baby, who at birth awakens to a new wide world, is God’s love and grace revealed. Grace moving in our lives in the present prepares us for eternity.
Peter Hawker, First United Methodist Church, Anniston