The state or quality of not being subject to death; from the Gr . athanasia , “deathlessness,” and aphtharsia , “incorruptibility.” Seventh-day Adventists believe that human beings are mortal, that is, that they are subject to death, and that death is a state of complete unconsciousness ( see Death ). “Immortality” occurs five times in the KJV and the RSV . “Immortal” ( Gr . aphthartos ) occurs once in the KJV and twice in the RSV . The Scriptures ascribe immortality to God alone ( 1 Tim. 6:16 ). He alone is declared to be immortal ( Rom. 1:23 , RSV ; 1 Tim. 1:17 ). The Christian seeks immortality ( Rom. 2:7 ), which Christ brought to light “through the gospel”( 2 Tim. 1:10 ), and which the believer is to “put on” at the “last trump” ( 1 Cor. 15:52–54 ). The S...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.