This is where definition comes in handy......most people assume that "soul" and "spirit" mean the same thing.....but they do not. "Soul" means a living, breathing creature, either man or animal. "Spirit" simply means "breath". A body deprived of breath dies.....the soul (creature) is mortal. (Ezekiel 18:4)
In Eden, God formed the man from the elements of the earth itself, and the man was a dead body before God put breath (spirit) into him. So a body + spirit (breath) = a "soul". Neither the human "spirit" nor "soul" mean a conscious entity that lives outside of your body.
"And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
Man 'becomes' a soul when breathing starts. He ceases to be a soul when breathing stops. Who said there was a conscious part of humans that lives on after death?.......Not God.
Genesis 3:19...To Adam, God said...."In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.”
No heaven or hell...just life or death.
It was one of the things that first attracted me to JW's. It never made sense to me that a loving and just God would torture people forever in a fire for sins that were not really their fault. We didn't invite sin in to our lives, our first parents did, so simply having a choice between serving God and serving the devil with everlasting life as a reward for loyalty to God and everlasting death for those who chose the devil as their god and ruler....made perfect sense. As free willed intelligent creatures, we make choices that determine our own destiny.
Yes, immortal souls just cause confusion.
Actually the scripture in Ecclesiastes 12:7 it says in the NASB...
"7 then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the [a] spirit will return to God who gave it."
- Ecclesiastes 12:7 Or breath
It is the breath
that returns to God, not literally, but metaphorically. Only God can resurrect a body and return the breath to that individual to make it live again.
Yes.....this is NOT a Bible teaching. There is no "eternal conscious punishment" in the scriptures......the only eternal punishment mentioned is everlasting death.
"Gehenna" (mistranslated "hell" in many Bibles) does not mean a place of conscious torment for the wicked. It is a place that the Revelation describes as "the lake of fire"....."the second death". Fire is a symbol of complete destruction so the second death means no resurrection....it is simply a death that is permanent.
Yes, another complication. Sin exists only because it was introduced into human DNA from Adam. (Romans 5:12) Jesus came to do away with sin and to provide a permanent basis for sinful humans to obtain forgiveness, until the reign of his kingdom gradually eliminates sin and brings us back to God.
Ugg! What a horrible thought!!! No loving God could ever do such a thing.
Indeed.....death is not another form of life. It is the cessation of life, with the only prospect for restoration of life being by resurrection. You cant resurrect something that is not dead.