Language can be funny. Popular culture can be even funnier. Growing up in a religious society can sometimes blind people to the fact that their notions are very flavored by the language of that society.
Case in point, someone posted a verse on Facebook:
“In God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 56:4
It made me scratch my head a bit. I asked myself, given the beliefs of most of American society, who is mortal? After all, we are granted immortality at conception based on most Christian beliefs. The Mormons believe slightly differently in this regard but I’ll leave it to the reader to investigate that.
So we are all either going to Heaven or Hell depending on God’s proclivities. None of the Christians can really agree on the specifics of which tactics get people to either destination but they all agree that everyone is going to one of the two places when they die.
So given that we are all going to be eternally suffering or eternally blissful, who is left to be mortal?
The first definition of mortal in Google is:
“Of a living human being, often in contrast to a divine being) subject to death.
All men are mortal”
Apparently Google hasn’t read the Bible when it came up with this definition.
It could be that Christians think God will never taste death at all and that’s what makes him immortal. But then does that mean Jesus was a ‘mere mortal?’
Granted this is all semantics and language parsing. Some of the translations in the Bible don’t use the term ‘mere mortal’ in this verse. But nevertheless the people who post these types of things are people I know don’t think we are mortal.
To get back to my original point. We are so used to throwing around terms like mortal, eternity, God, angels, demons that I think we sometimes forget what they all really mean.
Of course I believe we are all mortal and all this talk of immortality is representative of the fear of that fact. We will believe in talking snakes and donkeys if it keeps us from facing our mortality.