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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Everlasting Death

Death signifies the separation of the soul of man from God; whereas immortality signifies union with God.  Corporeal death, that is the separation of soul and body, is conceived first as a consequence of man's separation from God.  It is the symbol of a union with God that has been lost, whereas immortality of the body is a testimony and proof of interior intimacy with God.

God alone is the being, the unique and genuine reality.  Consequently union with God is the only guarantee of a complete personal being.  Separation from God is equivalent to loss of claim to one's own existence.  God is life: privation of life is death.  Hence the sinner separated from God is in reality dead, though he continues to exist as far as the body is concerned.  The unending existence in the state of damnation of his soul is rightly described not as everlasting life, but everlasting death. 

Reference~ The Doctrine of Spiritual Perfection, Anselm Stolz