The majority of professing Christians today believe that when we die, we have a separate "soul" that continues to live on. Those who are lost will go to "hell" and the saved will go to heaven.
Did you know that Christians were not the first people to believe in the immortal soul? No, this belief came from the Pagan world. All throughout the Old Testament, you will not see one verse where God or His people proclaimed an immortal soul teaching. And the same goes with the New Testament, apart from some vague statements made by the apostle Paul, which do not support an immortal soul at all. So what is the truth? Take a look at how we were created:
Genesis 2:7 ...'And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul'
Now according to the popular belief today, we were GIVEN a soul that lives on after we are dead. But can you see the truth in the above Bible verse? Man BECAME a "living soul" with the breath of God (spirit) in him. So what will happen when that breath of God (spirit) goes out? ... Genesis 3:19 ...' In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.'
Can you see the clear truth of this? We are made out of the dirt of the ground. And it is ONLY the breath of God that keeps us alive and makes us "LIVING SOULS". But without that breath of God in us, we become DUST again! We we not given a soul, we ARE living souls while we are alive.
All throughout the Old Testament we are taught that after death we know NOTHING (Ecclesiastes 9:5,10; Psalm 115:17). And in Isaiah, we are given a remarkable prophecy concerning the second coming of Christ Jesus and the doctrine of what happens when we die:
Isaiah 26:19 ...'Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.'
Do you see? Where do we DWELL until the second coming of Christ Jesus? In the grave! Awaiting the resurrection. Friends, this is the Bible truth. When we die, we return to dust and await the second coming of Jesus when He will resurrect us. We do not have an immortal soul, because ONLY Christ Jesus has immortality (1 Timothy 6:16). And it is only through Him that we can GAIN immortality (1 Corinthians 15:53).
Christ Jesus Himself taught that when we die, we sleep (Matthew 9:24; John 11:11-14). And this falls in line with the Old Testament teaching that we "wait" in the grave until the resurrection. Friends, we need to know the TRUTH about this important subject, because Satan is going to use it to deceive the nations in the last days. Spiritualism is on the increase, and we need the truth so that we do not get caught in it's trap.
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