I have been fascinated with this idea since I was a kid: the idea that there is something we call “God” that never wasn’t, we are all part of It, and everything that is comes from It.
In The Sound of Music Maria sings Something Good. One line goes like this:
“Nothing comes from nothing
Nothing ever could…”
Those words captured my attention. Nothing comes from nothing, so something must be eternal.
Astronomer / cosmologist Alan Sandage said the big question is “Why is there something instead of nothing?” Anticipating the answer to be found someday, he said we will probably look at it and say: “Of, course! How could it be any other way?”
A few years ago I heard about the “Multiverse”. The theory says our observable universe is one temporary bubble in a universe of universes that has always existed. This idea nearly gives me vertigo.
Thich Nhat Hanh, in his book Living Buddha, Living Christ introduces the idea of “interbeing”. He says: “When we look into the heart of a flower we see clouds, sunshine, minerals, time, the earth and everything else in the cosmos in it.” In some sense, that is Eternal Life.
As to frolicking in the clouds and singing in the choir eternal, I keep an open mind. As Alvy Singer’s father said about the afterlife in Annie Hall: “If I’m just dead, I’ll be unconscious. If I’m conscious, I’ll deal with it then!”