Tabby the Cat: Eternal Life

If eternal means without beginning or end, how can we have eternal life if we do have beginnings?


Dear Caroline,

The word eternal does mean "without beginning or end". It also means everlasting. You are right, we are created with a beginning. Genesis 1:1 says, "In the beginning God created..." and the rest of Genesis chapter 1 lists what God created. In verse 27 God creates man. Later in the book of Genesis Chapter 21 verse 33 the Bible refers to God as "The Eternal God." So God is the only one with no beginning or end. Since He gave us our beginning His Word only promises us no end or eternal life. Revelation 21:4 says "... There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He promises us no more death. This is a wonderful promise but more importantly, is how do we receive this gift of eternal life from God. John 3:16 says,"For God so loved the world that whoever believes in Him will not die but have eternal life." So look at it this way: God loved you so much He created you and gave you your beginning. And His love for you is so deep He wants to give you a life with Him that will never end. All you have to do is believe and love Him with your whole heart.


Tabby the Cat

Tabby the Cat answers are written by Tabitha Rudge Smith.  If your child or grandchild has a question for Tabby, please e-mail her.  Although she may be unable to personally answer each one, she will answer questions in future newsletters.