THE MORTALITY OF MAN
heaven and hell-going a fiction
Pagan beliefs, including "immortal souls", were adopted
into the apostate "church" - see Revelation 17v5 -
"MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT"
'Babylon' signifies 'confusion' - link to
The process of apostacy is traced out in 'departure'.
Let us look instead at what the Bible really teaches.
Scripture tells us that "the dead know not anything" -
He that"understandeth not,is like the beasts that perish"-
Psalm 49v12, 20.
Jesus showed that the only hope of future life after death
is by a resurrection from the dead - see John 11v23-26:
"I am the resurrection and the life:he that believeth in me,
though he were dead, yet shall he live".
Jesus also proved the necessity of resurrection for there to
be any life atall after death when in Luke 20v37
He quoted from Exod. 3v6,where God revealed Himself as
"the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God
of Jacob". Look at the Lord's comments upon this in v38
"For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living; for all
live unto him". That is, all who are destined to live again
are already alive in the mind of God. This is upon the prin-
ciple set forth by the Apostle Paul in Romans 4v17-
"God, who quickeneth the dead, and CALLETH THOSE
THINGS WHICH BE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE"
- link to 'Sin and Death and Divine Selection'.
Regarding the "all", this is not universalism, but as seen
above, only applies to "all..in Christ"- link to'judge'- page 2
or go via 'Index'. As we see from 'judge'- page 1 the prime
purpose of resurrection is judgment. The purpose of God
to redeem a multitude & fill the earth with His glory are
blessed events which result - Rev. 7v9-17;Numbers 14v21.
We know that some quote Jesus' words to try to prove the
pagan idea of an "immortal soul".This would totally negate
the purpose of Jesus, which was, as He stated, to prove
"THAT THE DEAD ARE RAISED".
We must realise that those to whom He spoke were
"the Sadducees, WHICH DENY THAT THERE IS ANY
RESURRECTION" - Luke 20v27-38.
Jesus proved the resurrection to be necessary for future life.
At the time of the Exodus the patriarchs were all dead.
And if Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were really alive in some
form, when God said He was their God, how could it prove
the necessity for them to be raised for this to be true?
Link here to'promises'. The resurrection is a doctrine which
has always been part of the faith of the true believers. It is
only when apostacy has resulted, as we see it today in a false
Christianity, that present possession of immortality has been
taught as Biblical doctrine.This was prophesied by Jesus and
the Apostle Paul-Matthew 24v4-13; Acts 20v28-32. One ploy
used by the apostates was to teach "that the resurrection is
past already;and overthrow the faith of some"- 2nd Timothy
2v18. By such means the idea of 'immortal-soulism' and like
pagan ideas came to represent the beliefs of false believers -
link to 'soul' for a complete explanation of this word.
Paul, however, taught that "the Lord Jesus Christ..shall judge
the quick (i.e. the living) and the dead AT HIS APPEARING
AND HIS KINGDOM"- 2nd Timothy 4v1. This is obviously
totally destructive of 'immortal-soulism'. But Paul also wrote
that apostacy would prevail before the Lord's return, v3, 4.
Only by believing and proclaiming the word of God would
believers be able to maintain their integrity and ultimately
be saved - v2 cp Acts 20v32.
Further re the process of apostacy link to 'departure'.
More Bible passages for study include:
Job 3v11-17; 34v14,15; Psalm 6v5; 39v12,13; 146v2-4;
Proverbs 21v16; Isaiah 26v13,14; 38v18,19; Luke 13v1-5;
John 3v13; Acts 2v29-34; 13v36,37; 1st Thessal. 4v13-18.
As a final thought, consider the following-
"the King eternal, IMMORTAL..the only wise God….WHO
ONLY HATH IMMORTALITY"-1st Timothy 1v17; 6v16.
"Jesus Christ..hath brought LIFE AND IMMORTALITY TO
LIGHT THROUGH THE GOSPEL"- 2nd Timothy 1v10.
"To them who by patient continuance in well doing SEEK
FOR GLORY AND HONOUR AND IMMORTALITY
(will be granted) ETERNAL LIFE"- Romans 2v7.
God only has inherent immortality.
Jesus Christ has revealed the way for us to gain immortality.
We must seek by faithfulness for the reward of immortality.
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