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Eternal Death

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Origen considers eternal life and eternal death as specific qualities of life, not as temporal stretches of existence. When he expounds the objective, ‘so that we shall reap not corruption from the flesh but eternal life from the spirit’, he primarily refers to a quality of existence and so he does referring to eternal death. Thus the notion of ‘eternal’ may allude either to the timeless divine reality or to two different temporal conditions within the world. The question which then arises is this: once the ‘end’ of a certain individual is achieved and the hope for attaining to eternal life is fulfilled, is there any kind of hope for those who are already there? Time does not cease to exist in the world, even if certain creatures have realized their objective of ascending to eternal life.

Keywords: eternal death; eternal life; hope; Origen; time; timeless divine reality



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