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Eternal Life And Freedom

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Rational creatures that reach a state of blessedness through a certain progress in a prolonged time can attain to the order of being called eternal life. Eternal life is the result of progression within history. This notion of development is illustrated by means of a simile: the ‘kingdom of heavens’ is like a ‘goodly pearl’. The analogy is employed in consideration of a pearl produced through a gradual process. Eternal life is attained through ‘many changes’ and ‘alterations’ until one is ‘made perfect’. Eternal life is therefore associated to conscious and responsible action. Virtuous operation is the ‘beginning’ of a ‘walking’ which leads to eternal life. This relation of freedom to eternal life is underscored through averment that anyone who wills to become perfect, shall have a heavenly treasure in place of the Lord. Although this will is indispensable, man is not connately capable of accomplishing the feat without assistance.

Keywords: blessedness; eternal life; freedom; heavenly treasure; kingdom of heavens; made perfect



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