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From what appears to be time immemorial, there have been doctrines and teachings about some supposed afterlife. The teaching we have in the western world about this topic came mostly from Greek philosophy. Does the Word of God teach the immortality of the soul? 

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Alexander Hislop's "The TWO Babylons"

Tertulian, "I may use the opinion of Plato" Immortality of the Soul
AnteNicene fathers, vol III

Catholic teaching departed more and more from THE TRUTH.

Colossians 2:8 Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
American King James Version×
 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 


Colossians 2:8 Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
American King James Version×
 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 

What does then the Bible say?
WE all MUST BECOME enabled to give a reason for the HOPE that is within us.

Many religions have "proven" from the Bible that one should keep Sunday, not the Sabbath.

The phrase "imortality of the soul" is NOT contained in the Bible.
Satan was the originator of this idea from the beginning with Adam and Eve.
He wants to go to Heaven and inhabit it and sit on the Throne of the Universe.
Satan was placed here but wanted more... 

Genesis 2:7 Genesis 2:7And 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.
American King James Version×
 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. 

Satan has been covering UP the TRUTH about what humans really are, our potential and our destiny.

Man does NOT have a soul. Man IS A SOUL.  sōl (נפשׁ, nephesh; ψυχή, psuchḗ; Latin anima):
Genesis 1:20 Genesis 1:20And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that has life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
American King James Version×
 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 
Genesis 1:21 Genesis 1:21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
American King James Version×
 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 
Genesis 2:19 Genesis 2:19And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them: and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
American King James Version×
 And out ofH4480 the groundH127 the LORDH3068 GodH430 formedH3335 everyH3605 beastH2416 of the field,H7704 and everyH3605 fowlH5775 of the air;H8064 and broughtH935 them untoH413 AdamH121 to seeH7200 whatH4100 he would callH7121 them: and whatsoeverH3605 H834 AdamH121 calledH7121 every livingH2416 creature,H5315 thatH1931 was the nameH8034 thereof. 

A LIVING Nephesh named all the other Nephesh !!!

Leviticus 11:10 Leviticus 11:10And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination to you:
American King James Version×
 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: 

Lev 17   SOULS used.
Nephesh, a breathing creature, both man and beast.
SOUL does NOT in any shape or form imply immortality.  Nor does it point out any "superiority" to the animals.
Nephesh can also describe some DEAD body. 

Ezekiel 18:2 Ezekiel 18:2What mean you, that you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
American King James Version×
 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge? 
Ezekiel 18:3 Ezekiel 18:3As I live, said the Lord GOD, you shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.
American King James Version×
 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. 

Ezekiel 18:4 Ezekiel 18:4Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins, it shall die.
American King James Version×
 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul sōl (נפשׁ, nephesh;  that sinneth, it shall die. 
Ezekiel 18:20 Ezekiel 18:20The soul that sins, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be on him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be on him.
American King James Version×
 The soul sōl (נפשׁ, nephesh; that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 

GOD will NOT condemn anyone for the sins of another. 
IF a soul can die. it is NOT Immortal.

1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul ψυχή, psuchḗ; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit πνεῦμα, pneúma. 
in NT... people stumble over this all over the place. WE must know so we can give an answer!

Matthew 10:28 Matthew 10:28And 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.
American King James Version×
 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 {sōl (נפשׁ, nephesh; ψυχή, psuchḗ; } and body {in the New Testament is σῶμα, sō̇ma,}in hell. 
Eternal LIFE is a gift... Rom ;1 Cor 15 makes that clear... 

Romans 6:23 Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
American King James Version×
 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift  of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

1John 3:15 John 3:15That whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
American King James Version×
 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 
THE  BIBLE IS NOT A SUBTRACTION PROBLEM. IT IS AN ADDITION PROBLEM.

1Co 2:11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 
1Co 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 
1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 
1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 
1Co 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 
1Co 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 

THE SPIRIT in man is NOT the same as THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
The marble you swallow is IN YOU... but it is NOT YOU... or even  a  part of you.

Spirit in man is put in man by GOD to give us the power of intellect.

If it is the spirit in man that sees, how do we have BLIND PEOPLE?

1Th 4:13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 
1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 
1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 
1Th 4:18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 
1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 
1Co 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 
1Co 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 


Ecclesiastes 3:21 Ecclesiastes 3:21Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward, and the spirit of the beast that goes downward to the earth?
American King James Version×
 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? 
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Ecclesiastes 12:7Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.
American King James Version×
 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. 

2Co 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 
2Co 5:2  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 
2Co 5:3  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 
2Co 5:4  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 
2Co 5:5  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 
1John 3:2 John 3:2The same came to Jesus by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that you do, except God be with him.
American King James Version×
 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 
1John 3:3 John 3:3Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
American King James Version×
 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.