Enter the LIE. "And the serpent said to the woman, 'you shall not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil'". And guess what, God's warning label was correct!!! They died. Eternal life dwindled into a death experience that was initially described as 969 years down to our "threescore and ten". From immortality to mortality in one bite!
The sad result of the lie is that dead humans were led to define "life" by this death experience! Everything in human experience shouts death, but we call it life. This "life" has a "time' measurement. Time is a factor of death. Each second and millisecond is death. It can never be resurrected for a replay. This classic futility is manifested in contemporary man's obsession with "retirement'. How utterly futile! We are taught to work and save from our youth into our middle years for our "golden years". It is most often golden only for the medical communities pockets. The Apostle Paul sums this futility up in I Corinthians 15:32, "If the dead rise not, let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die."
I don't know of a car manufacture that offers an eternal guarantee on their vehicles. Life insurance is an absurd concept. It isn't life insurance, it is a bet on your death! Everything is measured by death--from oil changes to land fills. Modern humanity has gone to greater lengts to perpetuate this illusion thatn any other time in history (a death term). Technology is certainly the "fountain of life'. From plastic surgery to cryopreservation (the preserving of dead bodies by freezing in the hope of recovery to life by future advanced technology), man is innately lusting for immortality. And yet the exploding suicide rate around the world manifests the loss of the "will to live" which is an epidemic of the loss of any hope and a conceding that "mortal life" is a lie after all. And so, humanity has come to accept the evil one's definition of life and in so doing, have sealed their fate.
Most sadly, however, most of us that call ourselves "Christians" operate out of the same lying definition. Our modern "evangelistic" language perpetuates this error in our converts--and I submit that they are just that--our converts. We tell them to "invite Jesus into your life". NO, they do not have a life--they have an animated death! In such language, we are ignoring God's definition of life, the only one He acknowledges. Christ didn't come to modify death, to make it more comfortable! He came to give life! "I am come that you might have life". The Son of God took upon Himself our flesh that "through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil, and release those who THROUGH FEAR OF DEATH, were all their lifetime (fake life-note the measure term) subject to bondage." Hebrews 2:14-15 " For He (Christ our King) must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death." I Corinthians 15:25-26
So what is LIFE? "and this is LIFE ETERNAL, that they might KNOW (an intimate relational word) YOU, the Only True God and Jesus Whom You have sent." John 17:3
This is feasting at the Tree of Life, for Jesus says in John 6:53, "Most assuredly, I say unto you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, YOU HAVE NO LIFE IN YOU!!!" "And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in Him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day". John 6:40 Have you seen Him? Do you believe in Him? This is Eternal Life