Man have an IMMORTAL SOUL that lives on after his death?
Although this is a very common belief even among Bible
students, the Scriptures do not support the belief that
man has an immortal soul.
Man does have a spirit that animals do not have, which
does return to God at death, but this spirit is not a
conscious presence. It is this spirit, the spirit of Man
that sets man apart from the animal kingdom, it is what
gives man a mind, the ability to think and plan. Notice Job
32:8,- "But it is a spirit in man, and the breath of the
Almighty gives them understanding." Man
alone understands his presence in the Past, Present and
Ezekiel Chapter 18 states
twice that the "soul" that sins shall "die". If the soul
was immortal, it could not die. Notice what Solomon
the sake of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is
the same. As one dies so dies the other, indeed, they
all have the same breath and there is no advantage for
man over beast, for all is vanity. All GO TO THE SAME
PLACE. All came from dust and all return to the dust."
The word "soul" is translated from the Hebrew word "nephesh"
which simply means "breathing animal." Three times in
the first chapter of Genesis animals are called "nephesh"
but rendered "creatures" by translators.
Notice Solomon again,- "For
the living know they will die; but the dead do not know
anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their
memory is forgotten." (Eccles. 9:5)
This certainly does not picture the event of a newly
deceased departing his body as an immortal soulfloating
off to meet his Maker as a conscious being. But shows
that man is mortal and must hope in the resurrection
from the dead.
Have you ever wondered why there would be a resurrection
from the dead if there really are no dead? If those who
have died are really already living in Heaven or Hell,
then where is the need for a resurrection? If man is an
immortal being in a fleshly body, who is in the grave
awaiting the resurrection to life? The resurrection
pictures conscious life from thoughtless death. If man
is already immortal, how could he pass from death to
life? Wouldn't it be impossible for man to really die at
The Bible makes it abundantly clear that the soul
possesses no thought or memory after death. Notice
Psalms 6:4-5,- "Return, O Lord, rescue my soul; Save me
because of They lovingkindness. For there is NO MENTION
OF THEE IN DEATH. In Sheol (Hebrew for Grave) who will
give Thee thanks?"
Daniel said,- "And
many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will
awake." (Daniel 12:2)Daniel was speaking
of the resurrection from the dead. Jesus also spoke of
death as sleep,- "Our
friend Lazarus has FALLEN ASLEEP, but I go, that I may
AWAKEN HIM out of SLEEP. The disciples therefore said to
Him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep he will recover."
Now Jesus has spoken of his DEATH; but they thought that
He was speaking of literal SLEEP. Then Jesus therefore
said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead." (John 11:11-14)
One may read through the Scriptures from
Genesis to Revelation but will find very little to
substantiate the concept of the immortal soul. What will
be found is ample reasons to conclude that the dead are
asleep in the grave waiting to hear the gracious words
that brought Lazarus forth.
"What Happens at Death?"
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