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Soul Life (and death)

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by azheis, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. Soul Life (and death)

    Soul Life (and death)

    The idiom “immortality of the soul” is a subjective term whose definition can vary with, and within those individuals of either a philosophical, religious and sometimes, the paranormal realms.
    According to some religious beliefs, the soul is immortal and lives on after death to await the judgment of God; this in religious terms is called somatic death.
    The Bible gives a very different explanation, showing the soul as mortal, not immortal. If you follow the scriptures and the Hebrew words used to define soul, its conclusion, according to the Bible, will show that there is no immortality to the soul.
    Whatever spiritual body we are raised up with at His {Christ’s} return will not be with the soul life we possessed here on earth.
    15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

    Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. {Nepesh chai}

    Soul is what gives the body life, our breath life.
    The natural man the {five senses man} is comprised of body and soul.
    Both men, as well as animals, have soul life.

    Genesis 1
    :30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing
    that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

    :20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
    The words life in these two verses are the words nepesh = soul

    :21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good
    :24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
    Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
    The word creature is the Hebrew word nepesh = soul
    The word living is the Hebrew word chai meaning moving soul or moving life. Nepesh chai is always used as living life or living soul.

    {The word create is a common word that people haphazardly use all the time, albeit most time incorrectly. According to biblical usage, create is “to make something out of nothing in existence.” As humans we cannot create, only God can, we can make, design, compile, build, construct, formulate, compose, assemble, and invent, but we cannot create.
    When God creates something once He need not create it again, He simply speaks it into existence. In verse 20&21 God created soul life from that point on God did not need to create it again, but just to speak it. The figure of speech “Anthropopatheia” or “Condescension” (attributing human characteristics to God} is used in Genesis 2:7 when God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.
    Whatever type of life there was between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 or whatever gave life to prehistoric animals and man, was not the same type of soul life that we have today.}





    Where is the soul?

    As Leviticus 17:11 states “the life of the flesh is in the blood”...

    The word lifein Leviticus 17:11 is the same word for soul {nepesh}
    What happens when we die? The heart, which pumps the blood, which delivers the oxygen to the brain …… stops….. soul life ceases.
    The life of the soul {flesh} is in the blood …….

    Neither does soul give reference to a believer, as Acts states.
    Acts 27:37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.
    With the exception of Paul and Luke, the rest of the people on board this ship were unbelievers; so soul cannot be making reference to one who is a Christian


    In conclusion immortality of the soul does not exist according to biblical terminology it only exists only as an idiom within Philosophy, and an false belief within Christianity.
    There is no immortality, or transmigration of the soul. Soul simply means alive people; that which gives life to the body. When one dies…….. ceases to exist………. takes his last breath………..kicks the bucket…………. the soul itself, being breath life, also ceases.

    One of the consequences of believing that the soul lives on after the body dies plays right into the hands of those who promote the practice of communicating with the dead.God’s word not only exposes this counterfeit as a satanic attempt to convince people that the dead are actually alive, but Scripture makes it clear that to those attempting to contact the dead; it’s a sin forbidden by God.To promote the idea that humans do not die, but go on living after death, being judged to heaven or hell, obscures the light of the good news of Christ’s resurrection; which is the only hope of deliverance from death. It changes the Christian focus from the appearing of Jesus Christ, to the coming of ones own death.If believers have gone on to be with God at their death, the importance of Jesus Christ resurrection is negated.
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  2. If Abraham, David and others were already in heaven then our enemy, death, had already been vanquished before Christ’s resurrection, and eternal life was available without Christ.

    John 3:13
    And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

    The Bible teaches that when one dies they are dead….asleep, until the return of Christ. Their spirit returns to God, the soul, which is breath life ceases, and the body goes into a state of decay …. back to dust.

    1 John 3:2& 3
    Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
    And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

    “When he shall appear†is future.
    It doesn’t say when you die you will be like Him, or after you are judged. It says when He shall appear! Whenever that is, we will be like him; that is our hope.

    Two verses are commonly isolated from their context to substantiate a person’s belief, that when one dies they go to be with the Lord.
    II Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
    Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
    When these verses are kept in their perspective context they do not validate that belief at all.
    Our hope is in the return of Christ, as the following scriptures proclaim …not in death

    1 Corinthians 15:51 – 54
    51: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53: For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54: So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
    These verses put 55-58 in the context where they belong.

    55: O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56: The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

    Death is not swallowed up in victory until Christ comes. If Christians and Old Testament believers went immediately to heaven when thy die, then death, not the resurrection of the dead, would be the victory.

    1 Thessalonians 5: 9 & 10 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
    Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
    I Thessalonians 4: 13 –18
    13: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14: For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. {God will by means of Jesus bring with him} 15: For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent {proceed} them which are asleep. 16: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18: Wherefore comfort one another with these words
     

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