Many Christians believe that they have eternal life the moment they believe. Other Christians believe eternal life in the scriptures only refers to life after we die. Below are lists of scriptures to support both positions. I didn’t bother to type out the Eternal Life Now scriptures because I am lazy and they are well known. Eternal Life Only in the Future Scriptures that can be used to support eternal life starting when you die include: Mark 10:17 - The rich young man asked Jesus what to do to inherit eternal life. Luke 10:25 - An expert of the law asked Jesus “What must I do to inherit eternal life? Luke 18:18 - A certain ruler asked Jesus “What must I do to inherit eternal life? Matt. 19:29 - Jesus talks about the blessings of this life and then says “and will inherit eternal life”. Matt. 25:46 - Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. Mark 10:30 - Jesus talks about blessings in this life and then He says “in the age to come, eternal life”. Luke 18:30 - Jesus talks about blessings in this life and then He says “and, in the age to come, eternal life”. Romans 2:7 - “To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, he will give eternal life.” Romans 2:21 - “….so that grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Titus 1;2 - Here Paul says “hope of eternal life” (Implies future tense). Titus 3:7 - “so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life”. 1 John 2:25 - “And this is what He promised us---even eternal life.” Jude 21 - “Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” The above scriptures are specific about eternal life referring to the future life and not the present time. Note that inherit referrs to the future, not the present. Eternal Life Now Scriptures that can be used to support Christians having eternal life now include: John 3:16, 3:36, 5:39, 6:40, 6:54, 10:28, 12:25, 17;2&3 1 Tim. 1:16 These scriptures talk about Christians having eternal life. Is there a contradiction here? I think the “Eternal Life Now” scriptures were written with the understanding that eternal life is promised in the future to those who believe; so it can be considered that they have eternal life, even though they don't have eternal life yet. The “Eternal Life Only in the Future” scriptures are too specific to mean anything else. What do you think? Comments? Explanations?