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Anyone have the fear of eternity? Not living physically forever, but the spirit and consciousness never ending?

I have a 14 year old son who is tortured at night by the thought of eternity. He believes in God and goodness and is not depressed. He just is haunted by the idea of the life of his spirit never-ending.


  1. I was the exact same way at his age and just so you know, it does pass. Let him know that when eternity comes he’ll be happier than he has ever been or can imagine. When I started having these thoughts, I tried not to think about them and that seemed to help. I also prayed a lot and listened to talks about eternity from religious figures. Hope this helps and good luck!

  2. i have had a similar fear in the past. someone close consoled me by offering the possibility that after our lives, in heaven we would live for eternity, but without any concept of time to disturb us. We would be in such bliss, time wouldnt matter. Maybe part of being in hell is living your eternal life with the concept that it will never end. Just a random thought.

  3. I actually used to have the same feeling. But it sounds like you have some kind of belief that there is an afterlife, nd if you are Christian the Bible teaches us that we will be resurrected, that is our spirit and physical boy will be reunited after death just like Jesus’ body after he appeared to his disciples. So really I took comfort that I would be as I am now, just in a perfected state, without sickness, pain or anything like that. As far as never ending goes, I think if you have faith, you can take comfort in the fact that God has something wonderful planned for us that we would not want to end. A man once said that if we had any idea of what the afterlife is like, then we might kill ourselves to get there. I know that sounds counterintuitive, but he was trying to illustrate the point that we will be much more happy after this life then the one we are currently in now.

  4. I am myself a victim of this phobia. Actually its much worse than just fear. Any words can only describe only a finite part of that suffering. Actual description of this fear would be infinitely long. Because it is the waiting game that never comes to a halt and consciousness has not much to do with body. It believes in its immortality.

  5. I am also afrade of living forever, and I am a strong believer in Jesus Christ. So the knowlage that I will live forever scares me to deth and back! What I do is just not focus on the idea of eternity. I take comfort in the fact that I know that one day I will die, but I’m not suicidal whatsoever. I don’t care how long I live, wether its 20 years or 200 years, just so long as I know that my time on this Earth will end someday. So tell your son to focus on the other aspects of christianity. It’s what I do, And it works for me.

  6. I have this fear too, but ive realized that in heaven, your supposed to not be sad at all, so i started thinking about arranging my own sort of “life” by living life in heaven for a reasonable amount of years, and then go to sleep and wake up a ten year old or so. It helped me, and i hope it helps others.

  7. count me in because ive experienced this fear since i was young. i will overcome it by thinking other stuff but once my mind cant stop thinking abt this, i will scream out loud & cry. it is bad.


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