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 Post subject: Difference between Eternal and Immortal?
PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 7:55 am 
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What is the difference between eternal and immortal?

As in, could we use both words to describe God?
See, if they are used as synonyms, how can we describe our souls that way?

We say God is eternal because he had no beginning but, our souls did have a beginning.

So, just looking for a more Catholic understanding of the difference between the two terms.


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 Post subject: Re: Difference between Eternal and Immortal?
PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 8:47 am 
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Eternity, following Boethius, is "the simultaneously-whole and perfect possession of interminable life." Only God is eternal. Immorality simply means not subject to death. God is nor subject to death so He is immortal. But so are the saints in heaven. So they are immortal, too, though not eternal.


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 Post subject: Re: Difference between Eternal and Immortal?
PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 1:11 pm 
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A simple way to think of it is eternal means 'no beginning and no end', immortal means ' a beginning but not an end'


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 Post subject: Re: Difference between Eternal and Immortal?
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 11:02 pm 
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IMO...God is Eternal, He's beyond time All. Human beings are Immortal...in a certain sense. We either end up with God in Eternity...or we die a second death that does not end.


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