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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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!!
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.
You assume that everything is just A OK and then everything changes! That's the "But Now" experience. It manifests its influence in various ways and interesting contexts.
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?
"... the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will." Daniel 4:25
Common sense has left our nation. Courage has departed in preference to popularity and economic security. Politics has taken precedence in sports, business and religion.
The conclusion from this short survey is that John is looking back at Israel from the perspective that she had rejected her Messiah and then John uses well placed signs to show among other things that Jesus is Messiah and that believing "the world" in light of Israel's defection can have life through His name. This is not the perspective of the Revelation! Rather the Patmos vision is a translation into the time near during and after the day of the Lord.
Thanksgiving is here again and many are saying that it seems that every day we have less and less for which to be thankful. As we look around us we see problems and perversions engulfing us. Everywhere we turn we can see those deliberately destroying our nation and for what it once stood. Biblical principles and morals are passé, while perversion triumphs. We are repeating the days of Isaiah:
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20
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".