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"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" (Genesis 2:7, King James Version).

Ever since man became a soul some 6,000 years ago, there's been considerable debate and confusion over what the word actually means. The Bible has the answer; the resources below will point you to it.

  • by United Church of God
Some churches have a historic practice of praying to dead saints. Does the Bible teach that we should pray to the saints?
  • by United Church of God
Several verses in the Bible talk about a spirit of man that is described much differently from what many religions envision as an immortal soul. What is this spirit in man?
  • by United Church of God
Is the soul talked about in the Bible an immortal part of human beings...or is it something else entirely?
  • by United Church of God
Do the souls of people come back again and again in different bodies? Does the Bible contain any teachings about reincarnation or the transmigration of souls?
Did Jesus intend the parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31) to give us a real-time view of the state of the dead now, either in heaven or an ever-burning hell? How does this parable fit with the teachings of other scriptures about the state of the dead?
  • by United Church of God
Does the Bible say anything about purgatory? If so, who goes to purgatory, and what happens to them there?
  • by John LaBissoniere
The most prevalent belief of traditional Christianity is that people have immortal souls which, upon death, leave the body and go to heaven or hell. But the Bible teaches no such concept.
  • by Noel Hornor
Despite common belief, people do not have immortal souls. Rather, God's ultimate purpose for our lives is that we be given eternal life in His family through a resurrection. In fact, the Bible reveals that there is more than one resurrection.
  • by Darris McNeely, Gary Petty, Steve Myers

Is it a place of agony, separation from God, superstition or something else...

  • by Steve Myers

Do you have immortality now or not? How can you know? Two Bible passages...

  • by Darris McNeely, Steve Myers

Do you have a soul or are you a soul? How can you be sure?