What does 'eternal life' mean?

‘Eternal’ means something that goes on and on without stopping - something that doesn't have an end.

People say that a circle doesn’t have a beginning or an end point.

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We can find it difficult to think about something not having a beginning or an end because we are so used to things starting and finishing. However the Bible teaches that people who have said ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness will one day live with him in Heaven, and in Heaven their lives will go on and on without stopping – the Bible calls this eternal life.

However the Bible also says ‘eternal life’ is the new way of living that starts here on earth when a person becomes a Christian. Christians believe eternal life is not only about living with God forever and forever in Heaven but also about living with God as a close friend here on earth.