Would God ultimately resurrect his sinless image-bearers (giving them eternal life)?

“Yes, after all…
  • God’s aim to is 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.]

  • Biblically, God “would” raise the sinless

      Biblically, God would uniquely raise the sinless (i.e. ultimately destroy the wicked and preserve the righteous).

      • Examples make this clear.
      • The Bible says: God wants the righteous to live forever.
      • Psalm 97:10 — “He preserves Godly.”
      • Ps 145:20 — “He keeps [us] & destroys wicked.”

      This is relevant because the biblical report is reliable here.

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