The Eternal Scheme

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Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.

Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225 - 1274), Two Precepts of Charity

Aeternus Eternus: a time without end (Latin). Many people can not imagine time without end. Much of the focus of life is the time which is spent alive. But what happens to man after death, and does eternity really exist? Every man from the dawn of time has sought fulfillment in his own life. However, if growth and maturity are restricted by time, then fulfillment in life is unobtainable. It is in the discovery of salvation that a man truly finds meaning and purpose to the relationships in which he has formed (Watson). It is also the period in which man begins to find himself and understand what his own purpose is.

The salvation of man is found by the discovery of his relationship with the Divine/Eternal.

Before a man can understand his own purpose in the scheme of eternity and the importance of his own salvation, he must understand what eternity is, and how he relates to it. Eternity is simply time without end. However, man can not fully understand the concept of eternity, because he can not conceive something that is greater then himself. How do you fully understand a beginning, the birth of a life, without an end? It can not be done. The extent of infinite time can not be comprehended by the mind of man. But it can however be realized that it does exist and that you do have an important influence in it. This realization is found through a relationship with the Divine.

The existence of a divine being indicates...