Does God ensure the sinless live forever, leaving ultimate human death just for sinners?

“Yes, after all…
  • Bible says: “God gives all/only the sinless eternal life”

    Out of a book with a cross for its cover is a speech bubble with two halves: one half is a skull with a snake coming out of it, while the other half is a head with a halo over it.

    Biblically, God communicated to humanity that ultimate death is just for sinners (the sinless won’t stay dead).

    See full article to analyze 5 arguments:

    This is relevant because the Bible is reliable on this point.

    1. We don't deny here that, theologically, "eternal life" is a rich multi-faceted concept; it does not just mean "living eternally."
  • God aims to maximize God-resemblance in the world

    Philosophically, God’s big aim in creation is (plausibly) to promote His own self-image and increase God-resemblance in the world.

    • This follows from the conjunction of two things: First, God’s being what Plato calls "the Good" (see Robert Adams’s "Infinite and Finite Goods”), i.e. that which others things are good in virtue of resembling.[Forthcoming] And second, God’ wanting to promote the good throughout the world.
    • Deadlock resolver theory is true. [Forthcoming].

    This is relevant because a world in which only those who choose to sin die helps maximize God-resemblance in the world. (sinning decreases the world’s God-resemblance). This limits their influence by limiting their life-span and power. Simultaneously, something that would help to maximize God-resemblance in a world is God’s making things such that the world yields and then eternally preserves free empowered heavenly agents who eternally choose to do good and be sinless (i.e. choosing in ways that God would choose). [Note: directly creating an agent who is freely sinless for eternity without help is a square-circle; see “Why didn't God just create us perfect in heaven?” for a fuller explanation of how God acquires such agents.]

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