Platos idea of eternity in the Timaeus seems to be that of a timeless duration. The Forms endure in the temporal order in which “time is the moving image of eternity”. One can trace a similar idea of timeless eternity back to Parmenides (though exactly what he means is the subject of scholarly dispute).
Who came up with the concept of eternity?
But the concept was given its classic formulation by Boethius, who thought of eternity as Gods mode of existence and defined Gods eternality as the complete possession all at once of illimitable life. As defined by Boethius the concept was important in medieval philosophy.
How does Boethius define eternity?
Boethius explains his definition of eternity by describing ways things live. For him, then, eternality-being eternal-is a way something lives; a thing. is eternal if it is alive and lives at once the whole of its life. By contrast, Boethius states, if any x lives and is located in time, that x does not live at.
Is forever or eternity longer?
As nouns the difference between eternity and forever is that eternity is (uncountable) existence without end, infinite time while forever is an extremely long time.
What did Jesus say about eternal life?
In John 10:27–28 Jesus states that: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish. This refers to the personal, heart to heart relationship the Christian is expected to have with Jesus.
What does eternity symbolize?
While it held numerous meanings in the past and was used in various schools of thought, today its predominantly seen as a symbol of infinity. It also symbolizes eternal love, the cycle of life and death, and the concept of karma (what goes around comes around).