Friday 11 December 2015

Eternal life - and time, and relation

The discussion the other day about eternal life and the intermediate stages - purgatory, limbo and so on. The overriding affirmation: for God there is no time; so we should not apply our category of time to eternal life. As soon as we die, we are with God.

I would say: the basic affirmation is true: we have to factor into our considerations of eternal life this fact, that God is not temporal, that eternity is temporal.

But I would add: eternal life - the beatific vision - is a relational category, an experiential category. And that might help explain the intermediate states. Quidquid recipitur, ad modum recipientis recipitur. Jesus' experience of the Father is surely different from that of an angel, or of a saint; and so, probably from that of someone whose heart is simply not large enough, broad enough.... 

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