What Is Life?
by Alan Horvath | AlanHorvath.com
Merriam-Webster reveals what most people believe about life, defining it as: the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body.
You'll notice that the Merriam-Webster definitions are focusing narrowly and only on the state of the human body and, although the definitions are accurate ones, they miss the Father's truth by a thousand miles! And I don't know about you, but I am much more interested in what the Father says about the world we live in than I am in mankind's limited understanding of things.
Having been indoctrinated into thinking only in terms of the physical body, the world generally thinks of life as though it were a light switch on the wall - it's either on or off ... a person is either alive or dead; existant or non-existant. And in terms of the physical body, in and of itself, this is an accurate understanding.
However, when you look more deeply into what the Word has to say about life, you very quickly realize that the definition given by man (as Merriam-Webster reveals) is absolutely mistaken; incorrect; blunderous; confusing, and wrong! Wrong, because you and I are quite a bit more than just flesh and bone!
According to the Father's Word, no one ever ceases to exist; everyone will exist forever ... it's just a matter of where - in Paradise or in The Outer Darkness.
Regarding Life: Some important points from the Word:
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth wake up, some to everlasting hai, and some to reproaches, everlasting abhorrence.
Note: "hai" = "life"
Dani'el (Daniel) 12:2
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting hai.
MattithYahu (Matthew) 25:46
It's quite obvious, from the above references to Dani'el (Daniel) and MattithYahu (Matthew), that no one ever ceases to exist ... and, further, that "hai" is something more than physical life; something more than "the vital physical functions of a body."
Further, if life was like a light switch, either on or off, we would either have it or we wouldn't; we wouldn't be able to have it more abundantly, right? But, in Yohanan (John) 10:10, Yahshua says He came that we might have life beyond measure! ... and if that is so (and it most definitely is), then "hai" surely means more than just being alive.
I have come that they might possess hai, and that they might possess it beyond measure.
Yohanan (John) 10:10
Hai is: Being "born from above;" receiving the Father's indwelling Ruach; being filled with happiness, prosperity, well-being, and joy.
Life: A person can be living (having life) and yet not experiencing hai. The true definition of "hai" is: The experience of having a personal and eternal connection with our Creator; the experience of having our eyes, our ears and our hearts (our understanding) opened; the experience of knowing joy and the peace which surpasses all understanding.