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I received the following question/comment:

I think I finally discovered why certain denominations say that the soul is immortal. They get it from the word “Image” found in the Bible where God tells Jesus and the Holy Spirit “Let us make man in our image” they say that because we are made in God’s image that man is eternal because God is eternal.

Do you have a way to really check the word Image in the Hebrew and Greek?

I think the biggest reason denominations say that the soul is immortal is that is their traditional, orthodox belief. The Bible is made to fit the belief, and not the other way around. In ancient times, the Catholic Church made a concerted effort to incorporate Greek philosophy into Christian doctrine, and the Platonic idea of the immortality of the soul came in with it.

The “image” argument is one that modern traditionalist teachers use. The problem here is that it ignores the fact that, while Adam may have been created not to die like God does not die, he was warned that he would die if he ate of the forbidden fruit. Since he did eat of the forbidden fruit, the fact that he, unlike God, was going to die was at that point assured. Read the rest of this entry »

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I received the following question:

What are your views toward the state of the dead?

I suppose you know very well that the view that most Christians hold is that upon the moment of death one’s immortal soul travels either to a place called Heaven or a place called Hell and remains there being tormented or blessed for all of eternity. When it comes right down to Bible passages they have to wobble on this a little bit since it becomes clear that this simplistic viewpoint can’t explain all that the Bible says about life after death, but that is their basic viewpoint, if you want to get right down to the bottom line of it. Read the rest of this entry »

In the first six articles in this series, we have studied all the occurrences of the word “soul” in the first eight books of the Old Testament from Genesis to Ruth. Examining the Hebrew word nephesh or “soul” in these books, we discovered eight possible meanings for this word, which are as follows:

1. Any living creature of the land, sea, or air.

2. Any of the above creatures after they are dead.

3. What man is as a product of his body and his breath of life being mixed together.

4. The blood of men, or something connected to the blood of men. Read the rest of this entry »

In the first five articles in this series, we have studied all the occurrences of the word “soul” in the first five books of the Old Testament, called the law of Moses or the “Torah,” the word for “law” in Hebrew. Examining the Hebrew word nephesh or “soul” in Genesis through Deuteronomy, we discovered eight possible meanings for this word, which are as follows:

1. Any living creature of the land, sea, or air.

2. Any of the above creatures after they are dead.

3. What man is as a product of his body and his breath of life being mixed together.

4. The blood of men, or something connected to the blood of men.

5. People.

6. A person’s self or being.

7. A dead person.

8. The emotions, strong feelings, desires, and appetites of men.

So now we continue our study into the so-called historical books of the Bible, starting with the book of Joshua. Let us see if these eight definitions continue to cover all the occurrences of this word, and what else we can learn about souls from the book of Joshua. Read the rest of this entry »

In our first two articles in this series, on “Spirits in Genesis” and “Spirits in Exodus to Deuteronomy,” we examined the word “spirit” in the Old Testament, and discovered that the Hebrew word is ruach, pronounced “roo’-akh,” with the emphasis upon the first syllable. We examined the eleven occurrences of this word in Genesis and the twenty-four occurrences of this word from Exodus to Deuteronomy and determined six different possible meanings for the word “spirit” to get the following list. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

If you have time, I have a question concerning the resurrections. There will be those resurrected and allowed to live in the kingdom that haven’t necessarily been a believer in this dispensation, but they also have not rejected God. If they submit to, and accept the expectations of the kingdom as it bursts on the scene, and if they can keep up with the advancing responsibilities as the kingdom moves forward from the head (ear) stage to the full grain in the head (full corn in the ear) stage, they will be allowed to live in the kingdom. If they do not submit, continue to submit, or do not keep up with the advancing restraints of the kingdom, they will not be allowed to continue to live in the kingdom.

Revelation 20:6 says that the second death has no power over those who are part of the first resurrection. If someone is part of the first resurrection by being allowed to enter into the kingdom, but then fails to remain submissive and obedient, they are again put to death. Wouldn’t these be found unworthy and their names not found in the Book of Life? Would they not be judged negatively at the white throne judgement of Revelation 20 and therefore, subject to the second death? Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

When you have some time,

Question concerning the promises spoken in Hebrews 11

Please give a little explanation:

Vs 13 Says “These all died in faith, not having received the promises……
Vs 16 “But now they desire a better, that is a heavenly country, Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”
Vs 17 “By faith Abraham…….and he who had received the promises offered up ……
Vs 33 “Through faith ….. obtained promises……
Vs 39 “All these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise

Vs 13 and 39 says did not receive the promises, the others verses says they received the promises.

Thank you

I would be happy to answer your questions.

Hebrews 11:13. Read the rest of this entry »

urn02I received the following question:

I have a question for you………….

A woman asked me if cremation is proper?

I could find no reference in the bible about the disposal of a dead body.  There are several references regarding burial, but nothing of other means of disposal.  A couple references of the dead being placed in a cave with the entrances covered with rocks.  The only references about death and fire are in Revelations, but it concerns the second death, the lake of fire.

Gen 3:19 tells us,” In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.

Common sense tells us that men have been lost at sea, eaten by predators, burned alive, etc.  But none of this will hinder our future resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »

ghostman02I received the following questions:

Many of my friends are arguing with me about the reason we are resurrected is for our heavenly bodies but not because we are not in heaven when we die (sheol).  I don’t really know what to say to this?

I’ve been reading in Hebrews that Hezekiah was pleading not to die, but if he thought he was going to heaven when he died why would he plead to not die, right?  Does this make sense for an argument against not going to heaven when you die?

Any help please?

Your friends are arguing, not based on Bible truth, but on the doctrines and traditions of men. Satan told Eve, “You will not surely die.” Genesis 3:4. Literally in Hebrew, this reads, “Dying you will not die.” Eve believed him…that dying, she would not be dead, but be in some other state, “like God.” (verse 5.) And the vast majority of people on earth, including most Christians, still believe what Satan said rather than what God said. They refuse to believe that death results in being dead, instead insisting that the dead are still very much alive. Read the rest of this entry »

pets02I received the following question:

Do animals have a spirit? And if they do is it the same spirit? Would them make them be in heaven?

Most definitely yes, as can be seen clearly my study on “Spirits and Souls,” here: https://precepts.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/spirits-and-souls/ . We never even got out of the first book of the Bible to learn this! If you have the time and want to, though, you can really solidify it in your mind by continuing the study I began and looking at ALL the occurrences of these two words. In Greek, spirit = pneuma and soul = psuche.

Asking if it is the same spirit is another good question! Ecclesiastes 3:18-22 says, Read the rest of this entry »