What Does the Bible Say about the Immortal Soul?
Ever think about Romans 6:23? All the evangelicals quote it, in trying to scare the “hell” out of potential converts. Maybe you know it:
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Rom. 6:23
Now let’s look at it closer. Replace it with this:
For the wages of sin is eternal torture and torment in a fiery hell of pain FOREVER, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If humans have an immortal soul, death must mean eternal punishment, according to accepted orthodoxy. Yeah? Well, why would Yehovah need to promise us the free gift of eternal life in Yeshua, our Lord, if we already HAVE immortality, according to orthodoxy? Would it not be just a given?
Second, which “death” are we talking about?
Abraham, he died. Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, dead. King David, King Hezekiah, King Josiah, Samuel, Isaiah, Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, Daniel, John the Baptist, all of the Apostles. Dead. Were they receiving the wages of sin, in death (thanatos)? Plus every human besides Jesus who died and stayed dead, except for a few individuals raised from the dead, who lived until they, again, died?
The Apostle Peter, in Acts 2:34, points out that even King David himself, a man after Yehovah’s own heart, did not ascend into heaven. Earlier in the chapter, Peter says he died and was buried and “his tomb is among us to this day.” Still dead. Not having an immortal soul.
So how can this verse mean anything like orthodoxy interprets it?
What DOES It Mean?
It clearly refers to what happens AFTER the mortal death we all experience, yes? So eternal life is gifted, after being raised from the dead ONLY. Likewise, those whose names are not found in the book of life, they are to receive the wages of sin (death) only AFTER the resurrection. Death used here is “Thanatos,” as I mentioned in an earlier post, not eternal existence (life immortal) in the torments of hell. Eternal life is to go on living by the gift of Yehovah, in Yeshua, to his beloved assembly of believers, made righteous by confessing Yeshua died for the sins of us and was raised from death by Yehovah.
Eternal DEATH means dead forever. No eternal existence. No immortal soul. The “second death.” Dead again, this time without the hope of another resurrection from being dead.