John 10:28King James Version (KJV)
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Why would any sane human being want to live forever? I got to tell you that after just 68 years I am pretty well fed up with the world and all of its insanity. However, I cannot stop wondering what could have been had the world excepted peace, humility and the standards of a common good for all.
When Darwin proposed his theory it was “survival of the fittest” that stood out for me. More importantly is was the word “survival”. Survival: the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances, it is what humanity needs to secure the basic needs of life. Most would consider the basic needs as, Oxygen, Water, Food, Shelter and Sleep.
Here I am at 68 and that all works pretty good for my daily worries. Unfortunately, it has been determined that humanity seems to prefer companionship and of course to reproduce. Therefore, we have to expand Darwin’s theory to include the need for competition to get sex and the need for someone to have sex with, a companion. There you are a parent, you have a child and now you can get back to the basic needs.
Here is where the problem begins, in God’s Eden, Adam and Eve were set to be this enormously happy couple and then literally all Hell breaks loose. I believe Sigmund Freud explains it best, they discover their ID. “Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality, the id is the personality component made up of unconscious psychic energy that works to satisfy basic urges, needs and desires. The id operates based on the pleasure principle, which demands immediate gratification of needs.” Along with the ID goes the Ego, “Where id is, there shall ego be.” (Sigmund Freud, 1933, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis)
I think I can safely describe the 21st Century as operating under the auspices of pleasure and ego and the immediate gratification of “what I want”, just look to the credit card debt as an example.
Freud uses a term I like, Psychic Energy, and to me it follows Einstein’s theory, ““Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” Albert Einstein
I doubt if Darwinism or Science can empirically explain psychic energy. For Christianity I would describe it as “soul” that spiritual or immaterial part of us we regard as immortal. God provided Adam and Eve with everything they needed and their souls were never intended to die but to exist eternally.
I believe that the difference lies in the fact they both decided, like all humanity, that Einstein’s theory was wrong and they could control and change Psychic Energy as they wanted.
Christians should believe that God is in charge of their Soul (Psychic Energy) and therefore can never be destroyed. If the Soul that follows God can never be destroyed, then Einstein would relate to its Eternal existence.
If you take the ego and the id out of the equation, then Adam and Eve would not have taken a bite out of the apple.