Souls & Death
Souls & Death
Since sinful man has never eaten of the tree of life, there is no eternal living sinner; not even as a “soul” or a “spirit”. God made it even plainer in Genesis 6:3. Man, “he is mortal,” not immortal. So what is a “soul” and a “spirit”? If we start with a concordance we will find that the primary meaning for the word “spirit” means “breath”. That’s it, just air. You know, the stuff you breath. And it is not alive. So when you die, you go back to the dust from which you were made, and the “spirit”, “breath” God gave you goes back to Him into the atmosphere. When God created man, God “formed man from the dust of the ground.” OK, here we have a body lying on the ground. Just a body, nothing alive. After forming a body, He “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…” He did CPR on Adam. God pumped air into the lungs of Adam and Adam started to breath. At this point “the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7.
Our bodies are to be temples of the Holy Spirit. This term “Holy Spirit” or “Spirit” with a capital “S” denotes the other person with the God title. This entity is eternal and immortal. But that is not the same as “spirit” with a small “s”. You see, your body can be a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in, or a temple for the evil spirit to dwell in. Your choice. They don’t live together in the same temple. God gave you the breath and the body to produce a living temple (soul). But the temple is empty. You must decide which spirit to fill and inhabit your temple.
“Plato, most influentially, separated the soul, or psyche, from the material body and argued that this reasoning part of our being was immortal.” U.S. News & World Report: October 23, 2006.
If you choose to let the wicked spirit dwell in you and turn your temple, living being, into wickedness, then your soul will die eternally. “The soul who sins is the one who will die.” “The soul who sins is the one who will die.” Ezekiel 18:4, 20. God wants to make very sure that you understand the surety of death – total death – non-conscious death. The soul will die if you continue to sin.
“Anyone who is among the living has hope . . . For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten. Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:4-6. Yes, we “sleep the eternal sleep” until Jesus comes. Then the righteous will be raised to live eternally with Jesus and the wicked will be destroyed to “sleep the eternal sleep”. Nahum 3:18.
The dead are dead. The Bible calls death: “sleep”. This sleep is an unconscious, non-living type sleep. We sleep in the grave, “Hell”, until Jesus comes to wake us at the second coming. Nothing goes to heaven or to a fiery place at death. That comes later. “Hell”, by the way, is the Greek word that simply means “the grave”. That’s it! It was the Catholic Church that borrowed the pagan concept of a burning underworld to control people and steal their money. Are you that foolish?
Even Jesus told us that death was a “sleep”. When Jesus was told that His friend Lazarus had fallen sick, He did not leave immediately to go to him. Later He said to His disciples, “‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.’ His disciples replied, ‘Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.’ Jesus had been speaking of his death, but His disciples thought He meant natural sleep. So then He told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead.’” John 11:11-14.
“You sweep men away in the sleep of death;...” Psalm 90:5. To God, death is nothing more than a little sleep since all the righteous will be raised, or awakened again when Jesus comes. Since the reward of eternal life or eternal death is not given until Jesus comes back to separate the sheep from the goats, there are no “souls” burning in eternal fire right now. God is a God of love and justice. How could He throw a child into eternal fire now when the judgment isn’t until the end of time? That would be torture and God is not a God of torture. When Jesus spoke to the thief on the cross, He stated, “I tell you the truth today you will be with Me in paradise.” Luke 23:43. This sentence is written the way the Greek author, Luke, wrote it. Notice, they did not write with punctuation back then. Punctuation was added about 500 years after the New Testament was written.
Job 14:7-12 Job 19:25-27
Job 34:14, 15 Psalm 6:5
Psalm 30:9 Psalm 49:10-12, 14, 15
Psalm 88:4, 5, 10-12 Psalm 92:7
Psalm 102:26 Psalm 115:17, 18
Psalm 146:4 Ecclesiastes 3:18-20
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Isaiah 2:22
Isaiah 26:19 Isaiah 38:18, 19
Isaiah 57:2 Daniel 12:2, 13
Malachi 4:1, 3 Matthew 9:24
Matthew 13:29, 30 Matthew 13:40-42, 49, 50
Matthew 16:27 Matthew 25:31-33, 46
Mark 5:39 Luke 24:3, 39
John 5:28, 29 John 6:39, 40, 44, 54
Acts 23:6 Acts 24:15
Romans 1:23 1 Cor. 15:6, 42-44, 50-53
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
2 Peter 2:6 2 Peter 3:7, 10, 12, 13
Jude 1:7 Rev. 20:4-7, 9, 10, 13-15
Revelation 21:1, 4 Revelation 22:12