earthly

If you believe in an afterlife, you probably realize that making lots of money is only an earthly concern, and not something that matters in heaven.

Religious believers make the distinction between earthly problems and things that are far more important in the long term. Usually, these earthly worries have to do with material things, like jobs, money, cars, and houses — rather than spiritual concerns like love, faith, and beauty. The word earth is at the root of earthly, and you can think of it as "things that only matter to humans on the Earth."

Definitions of earthly
  1. adjective
    of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven
    earthly beings”
    “believed that our earthly life is all that matters”
    earthly love”
    “our earthly home”
    Synonyms:
    earthborn
    connected with earthly life; of earthly origin
    earthbound
    confined to the earth
    earthlike
    resembling or characteristic of earth
    mundane, terrene
    belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly
    sublunar, sublunary, terrestrial
    of this earth
    temporal
    of this earth or world
    mortal
    subject to death
    profane, secular
    not concerned with or devoted to religion
    secular, temporal, worldly
    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world
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    Antonyms:
    heavenly
    of or belonging to heaven or god
    ambrosial, ambrosian
    worthy of the gods
    celestial, ethereal, supernal
    of heaven or the spirit
    divine, godly
    emanating from God
    divine, godlike
    being or having the nature of a god
    paradisaic, paradisaical, paradisal, paradisiac, paradisiacal
    relating to or befitting Paradise
    divine, providential
    resulting from divine providence
    superlunar, superlunary, translunar, translunary
    unworldly or ethereal
    supernal
    being or coming from on high
    immortal
    not subject to death
    sacred
    concerned with religion or religious purposes
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