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Hello there. This is definitely one of my most important posts. Please take time to read this. Please.
Now please read carefully.
The subject about death is indeed one of the most misunderstood subjects today. Spooky feelings, mystery, uncertainty, and hopelessness shroud people's thoughts regarding the matter. Many people believe that their dead loved ones are not really dead. Some even claim they talked to their dead relatives. Most people are confused with the terms body, spirit, and soul.
But does it really matter what you believe? I hope you're reading THIS very sentence, because I'm going to tell you the truth: Yes, it does matter what you believe regarding this subject, and it will have a profound effect today, tomorrow, and in the future.
If you remember, Satan [disguised as a serpent] inserted just one word to what God said to Adam and Eve in order to give his great lie to our first parents. God said to Adam and Eve that if they eat of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, "You shall surely die." Subtly, Satan said to Eve, "You shall NOT surely die." Yes, you've read that right. It was Satan who made the great lie about death (and sin). COULD IT BE that what we usually believe about the subject of death is also a lie from Satan? Read further. This is where it gets really important.
Death—what exactly is it?
One way to understand the nature of death is to understand its exact opposite: the creation of life.
Let's go back to the Word where we base our faith. Don't forget this verse: GENESIS 2:7
The verse says: "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."
If you've read it once, read it again; this time, understanding the verse clause per clause.
So Adam was formed by God by making his body out of clay… and gave Adam the breath of life… and Adam became a living soul.
WAIT. Did we just read that Adam became a living soul? by combining the clay (or the body) and the breath of life?
So that's the formula—the answer—right there: BODY + BREATH OF LIFE = LIVING SOUL.
So what happens at death is just the opposite: BODY – BREATH OF LIFE = DEAD
If ever you doubt that, let's read ECCLESIASTES 12:7 to support that.
The verse says [describing the event at death]: "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."
In parallel, that's the BODY decomposing and the SPIRIT leaving the body as it returns to God.
Another thing that the Bible teaches here is that the 'breath of life' is the same as the 'spirit.' Not only are they synonymous; they are the same thing. If in doubt, compare GENESIS 2:7 and ECCLESIASTES 12:7.
You notice that Ecclesiastes 12:7 did not talk about the "soul," but Genesis 2:7 did. Why? IT IS BECAUSE the "soul" does not exist after death. Yes, you've read that right. THE SOUL DOES NOT EXIST AFTER DEATH. Or should I say, "The soul CANNOT exist after death." Go back to the formula of Genesis 2:7: BODY + BREATH OF LIFE = LIVING SOUL.
If at death, the body and the breath of life separate, then the soul ceases to exist when somebody dies (that's why it's called death). The same thing happens in a light bulb system. Light (an analogy of the soul) cannot exist if electricity (an analogy of the breath of life) and the bulb (an analogy of the body) were to separate. [Read James 2:26]
So, contrary to popular belief, the soul is simply a term to call a living person. Yes, you don't have a soul. You are a soul.
Go back to Ecclesiastes 12:7. Didn't it mention that "the spirit shall return unto God who gave it?" Well of course, the spirit, which is the breath of life, should return to God because it came from Him—the Source of All Life. The spirit IS NOT somebody or something that has feelings. It can be thought of as a life-force that comes from God to make a creature alive. Nowhere in the Bible does the "spirit" have any wisdom or feeling after a person dies. And where does a person's feeling and memory go? Even in logical thinking, one can say it decomposes with the body. That's correct. Where do you keep your thoughts anyway? Read Ecclesiastes 9:5,6:
"The living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun."
That's clear isn't it?
If that is so, THEN IT WOULD BE CLEAR THAT NOBODY GOES TO HEAVEN OR TO HELL AFTER DEATH! To recall, the body decomposes, the breath of life/spirit returns to God, and the soul ceases to exist at death. In other words, you die at death. Nowhere in the Bible that the soul is mentioned to be immortal. ONLY GOD IS immortal.
[Just in case you're still hanging with the term "spirit" that returns to God, just go back to Genesis 2:7, Ecclesiastes 12:7, and Ecclesiastes 9:5,6. The Bible clearly teaches that the "spirit" is nothing more than just like a force that keeps a being alive. It does not have any feeling or wisdom. It is not 'the' being. It is just like a force. Returning the spirit to heaven does not get you or somebody to heaven.]
So WHEN does a good person go to heaven? And when will the bad ones go to hell?
"The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, ... and the dead in Christ shall rise ... and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17.—that's when a person goes to heaven. The event is called the RESURRECTION at the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. This is the hope beyond the grave. Yes, Jesus promised to take all the righteous people to heaven in the future in an event that's been mentioned about 2500 times in the Bible, and there's no mistake about it.
And when does a bad person go to hell?
If the righteous people go to heaven in the future, the bad people go the hell in the future too. According to Revelation, a thousand years shall first pass after the second coming of Christ. Then, the Judgment Day where all the wicked are also resurrected (there's no need to resurrect the good people by that time, because they're taken to heaven at Christ's second coming). After that, God shall rain fire from heaven to devour the wicked, including Satan, and cast them into the lake of fire. Now, that's hell. Just in case you're scratching your head, hell does not yet exist today.
So after you die, what will be the next thing you would know?
Either of the two events mentioned earlier: If you've been good, then you'll wake up to see the second coming of Jesus, and He will take you to heaven; if otherwise, you'll wake up in the Judgment day, waiting for the punishment. So do you now realize how important it is to believe in what the BIBLE teaches rather than what popular belief is trying to suggest?
So how about the ghosts, and the dead relatives who come for a visit to talk, and the photographed spooky things?
Don't forget that Satan is also there to deceive people. His evil angels can transform themselves to impersonate the dead. In the Bible, do you remember the occasion when King Saul inquired a witch to speak to the dead prophet Samuel? Well, it is clear in the Bible that a demon transformed to look and speak just like the dead prophet. Just in case you think otherwise, the demons can also work miracles. So the next time something or someone spooky reveals itself to you (whether a dead relative or the like), just remember to say what Jesus said: "Get thee behind Me, Satan!" Don't be fooled by those devils no matter how scary or friendly they may appear. With these facts, you can already guess to whom spiritualists talk to when they tell you they're talking to the dead.
After death a person: returns to dust (Psalms 104:29), knows nothing (Ecclesiastes 9:5), possesses no mental powers (Psalms 146:4), has nothing to do with anything on earth (Ecclesiastes 9:6), does not live (2 Kings 20:1), waits in the grave (Job 17:13), and continues not (Job 14:1, 2).
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