King David laments that death extinguishes a relationship with God.   “For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give You thanks?” Psalms 6:5The immortal-soul concept is not part of the Old Testament, it began to make inroads into Jewish thought, as Jews came into contact with Greek culture.  When the 'Church' adopted the doctrine of the immortal soul, it led to developing the teaching of hellfire.  The most common belief regarding the afterlife in the Christian Church, is that people possess souls and at death, their consciousness in the form of the soul, departs from the body and goes to heaven or hell. 



WHAT THE APOSTLES TAUGHT

Like the Hebrew word nephesh, the Greek equivalent word psuche refers to humans and  animals as “souls”.   Jesus declared that God can destroy man’s psuche, or “soul”  at Matthew 10:28.   The apostle Paul describes death as “sleep” :

"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus" 1 Thessalonians 4:14.

"Who died for us, that whether we be wake or sleep, we should live together with Him" 1 Thessalonians 5:10.

Comparison: "Jesus who died for us, so that we can live together with him, whether we are ·alive [awake ] or ·dead [asleep ] when he comes" 1 Thessalonians 5:10 EXB.


The term immortal soul appears nowhere in the Bible.  It does however speak about immortality.  For example: “You know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” 1 John 3:15.  Paul, at
Romans 2:5-7, told members of the congregation in Rome to “seek” immortality.  He taught Christians at Corinth in 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 that they must be changed and “put on” immortality.  Saying that only God and His Son possess immortality at 1 Timothy 6:12-16, and that eternal life is a “gift” from God at Romans 6:23.  The most powerful words come from Jesus Himself:  “And this is the will of Him who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last dayJohn 6:40.


Jesus referred to these ones as being raised or resurrected at the 'last day'.  They sleep in death, in which there is no recognition of time until the 'last day' period starts, when they receive their resurrection back to life.  Jesus also confirmed that all mankind, including the bad would receive a second chance resurrection  "I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked" Acts 24:15 (NIV)Whether dead in 'soul sleep', unconscious for a year or 100 years or 1,000 years.  At resurrection, they return to consciousness with no recollection of time passed, time ceases to exist for them in the unconscious state.  Soul sleep, is the time from death until the day of resurrection, it is timeless and the same for all.



ORIGIN OF IMMORTAL SOUL TEACHING

After providing the first human couple a pristine perfect environment, God placed on them a reasonable test that required them to make a choice.   Either accept Him as their ruler and standard setter or reject Him in favour of determining their own independent standards.  A bench test was employed.  "God gave this command to the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction.  But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it,  for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.”Genesis 2:16-17
 

This issue drew a certain spirit Son of God, who contradicted what Yhwh had said.  “Did God really say that you must not eat from every tree of the garden?” .. the woman said .. “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’”  At this the serpent said to the woman:  “You certainly will not die. For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.” Genesis 3:1-5.  This slanderer directly contradicted what God had said and in fact called God a liar.  It was this original lie "You certainly will not die, you will become like God"  that created the erroneous universal belief that humans have immortal souls and do not really die but instead become spirit creatures like Gods after death.

By teaching the immortality of the human soul, the Churches are in reality teaching the same lie as Satan in complete opposition to Gods' truth.

THE BIBLE
'S ANSWER TO DEATH

The Bible informs us that God promises all mankind a resurrection.  All records of our DNA, our memories, personality characteristics, etc, are at death recorded in the memory banks of God, and will all be returned in a new body at resurrection. But when?

 
See  
REVEALING THE SONS OF GOD


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