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Man: His Nature and Destiny

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

This topic relates to the examination of doctrines related to the nature of man -- what is death? What is eternal life? Is there an immortal soul? What is HELL? What are the various originating words from which we get the english word "hell"?

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December 11th, 2016
Man, His Nature and Destiny - Part 7

The lesson on December 11, 2016 was part 7 and the final of the "Man, His Nature and Destiny" study.  This wraps up the study that took us into "The Apocalypse" sub-study to search out answers regarding the nature of man and the how we achieve eternal life.  We learned about the traditional view of man versus the scriptural view we learned through these two studies.  The combined studies covered 52 lessons.  In summary, we have learned that Man is a soul (Genesis.2:7).  The soul dies (Ezekiel 18:4,20). Man has a spirit and at death it returns back to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7).  In death there is no consciousness – the dead know not anything (Ecclesiastes 9:5). The intermediate state is NOT represented by Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31).  Resurrection is the means of experiencing LIFE (1 Corinthians15:53).  The scripture reading was from Isaiah 34:6-10 KJV

Man, His Nature and Destiny - Part 07
November 22nd, 2015
Man, His Nature and Destiny - Part 6

The lesson on November 22, 2015 was part 6 of the "Man, His Nature and Destiny" study.  As usual, a review of what was previously covered in the previous lessons in that there was irony used when the Lord used the analogy of the Rich Man and Lazaraus and used the pharisees doctrine against them to debunk their behavior as the spiritual leaders of Israel.  We have learned so far that Man is a soul (Gen.2:7), and the soul dies (Ezek. 18:4,20).  Man has a spirit and at death it returns back to God who gave it. (Eccl. 12:7). In death there is no consciousness – the dead know not anything. (Eccl. 9:5). The intermediate state is NOT represented by Lazarus and the rich man (Lk 16:19-31). Resurrection is the means of experiencing LIFE (1Cor.15:53).  This lesson in the end poses some more questions that we need to explore which will require us to take a break and spend time in Revelation so we can learn of the judgements that are dispensed from the books at the Great White Throne judgement.  The scripture reading was from Revelation 20:12-15 KJV

Man, His Nature and Destiny - Part 06
November 15th, 2015
Man, His Nature and Destiny - Part 5

The lesson on November 15, 2015 was part 5 of the "Man, His Nature & Destiny" study.  This lesson reviewed what was covered last time about the Rich Man and Lazarus passage being one of parody specifically addressing Levitical beliefs.  Luke 16 does not give the Christian doctrine that aligns with the other teaching of death and resurrection nor does it support the idea of a temporary state between death and resurrection.  The Lord was simply using parody and irony to point out to the Pharisee's their improper beliefs and how far off they were in pleasing God.  This lesson continues to expound on these ideas and solidifies our understanding of how the Lord was using this to make a point to the Pharisees.  The scripture reading was from Luke 16:8-13 KJV

Man, His Nature and Destiny - Part 05
November 8th, 2015
Man, His Nature and Destiny - Part 4

The lesson on November 8, 2015 was part 4 of the "Man, His Nature and Destiny" study.  A quick review of the previous lesson was given and then the lesson turned to Luke 14-16, particularly the Bible story of the rich man and Lazarus.  The context of the parables and lessons given by the Lord in these chapters are in direct conflict of the Pharisees who were not in good favor with Jesus.  We learn of their desire to be above everyone else and how that was contrary to what the Lord wanted.  In learning of the context, it clarifies the contradictions found in chapter 16 in what is being described as in intermediate state between death and resurrection.  In the end, we learned that what was said in chapter 16 was based on what the Pharisees believed and the Lord used it against them to prove how wrong they were.  There is no Abraham's bosom and there is no intermediate state upon death.  The scripture reading was from Luke 16:19-31 KJV

Man, His Nature and Destiny - Part 04
November 1st, 2015
Man, His Nature and Destiny - Part 3

The lesson on November 1, 2015 was part 3 of the "Man, His Nature and Destiny" study.  This lesson reviewed what we learned about Gehenna from part 2 and studied the terms Sheol and Hades.  Traditionally, these terms are associated with the location of those souls who have been judged and the location reserved for the devil and his angels but when you study the Greek and the context of when and how these words are used, we learn that they are descriptive of places involving local judgement or the grave.  It is important to understand what these words mean and how it impacts man's destiny with their immortal soul.  The scripture reading was in Psalms 16:9-11 KJV

Man, His Nature and Destiny - Part 03

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October 25th, 2015

The Immortal Soul?

We should let the scriptures speak:

KJV  Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. (Eze 18:4 KJV)

KJV  Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Mat 10:28 KJV)

Clearly the soul can die. Indeed the soul with the body can be destroyed in "hell".

 

December 22nd, 2015

Luke 16 is the main passage used by believers to justify the conscious intermediate state and the torment pre judgment of the lost. But what is the context of this passage? Can you really take the pagan notions of the Pharisees and believe that this is sound doctrine? Do you really believe that a pre-judicial burning in torments is both Biblical and just?

January 4th, 2016

What is the "soul" -- how is it used in the old and new testaments? Have we been shafted in our understanding of the nature of man? Is the immortality of the soul biblical or is it the tradition derived from Plato? Lets look at the many passages in the Old testament that refer to the soul and once we have digested them we will then look at the new testament.

January 5th, 2016

Is Hell the fiery furnace where men and women suffer a Nazi like concentration camp? Excepting of course that it would be a torture chamber with no death to bring to an end the agony.  The real actions of  Mengele, Eichman, Heydrich and Himmler look like those of choir directors in comparison to the torture camp of the traditional hell. Isn't it amazing that lowly man can invent the spectacle of a constitution with more grace and foregiveness than the traditional view of God's eternal judgment on the lost. Is God less loving and foregiving than man in this respect? The  8th ammendment of the constitution of theUnited States demands that the Federal government does not institute cruel and unusual punishment -- the traditional view makes God the author of the MOST CRUEL and UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT!!

January 6th, 2016

Do you have an immortal soul -- or are you MORTAL? Lets run some pasaages from the book of books and see. Let God be true and every man a liar!

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