Is the ‘Immortality of the Soul’ Scriptural?

Here are a few answers to the common objection to what the Bible teaches about death and resurrection. Maybe you will find them useful.

Objection: “I believe in the immortality of the soul.” Image

Answer: Show them that:    

1. souls can die 

Ezek. 18:4, 20; Lev. 23:29; Prov. 6:23; Josh. 10:28; Matt. 10:28; 20:28; Rev. 16:3; Isa. 53:12; Mark 8:35; Psalm 22:29; 40:14; 56:6, 13; 63:9; 78:50; 89:48; James 5:20.

2. you return to dust when you die

Psalm 7:5; 22:15, 29; 44:25; 90:3; 104:29; 119:25; 146:4; Gen. 3:19; Ecc. 3:19-20; 9:10; 12:7; Daniel 12:2; Job 7:21; 10:9; 17:16; 20:11; 21:26; 34:14-15; Isa. 26:19; Matt. 12:40.

3. there is no activity in the grave where people go when they die

Ecc. 9:5, 10; Psalm 6:5; 30:9; 31:17; 115:17; 146:4; Isa. 38:18; Job 3:13-17; 10:18-19; 14:21; Ezek 32:21; 2 Kings 22:20; 2 Chron. 34:28.

4. death is called “sleep/lie down with your fathers”

Daniel 12:2; John 11:11-14; Acts 7:60; 13:36; 1 Cor. 7:39; 11:30; 15:6, 18, 20, 51; 1 Thes. 4:13-15; 5:10; 2 Peter 3:4; 2 Sam. 7:12; Deut. 31:16; Psalm 13:3; Job 7:21; 14:12; Jer. 51:39, 57; 1 Kings 1:21; 2:10; 11:21, 43; 14:20, 31; 15:8, 24; 16:6, 28; 22:40, 50.

5. Adam was created as dust of ground + breath of life = living soul (i.e. Adam became a living soul, not that he possessed a soul)

Gen. 2:7

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4 thoughts on “Is the ‘Immortality of the Soul’ Scriptural?

    1. I would say that a soul is another way of speaking about the person in their totality. “Being” is best understood as synonymous with the soul (cf. Gen, 2:7 Adam became a living being, i.e. soul). Therefore human beings are human souls, I think. To say that Adam had a soul would be to misuse the terminology and to distort Gen. 2:7.

      The spirit, when discussing the nature of humans (since spirit means a lot of things in the Bible fyi), is the breath of God which animates persons into life and activity. Think of the spirit/breath like the battery in a car. When the battery dies, we typically say that the car is “dead” (so the person without the breath of life is a dead soul). Ezek. 37 speaks of God breathing his spirit back into the dead in order to reanimate/resurrect them.

      Hope that helps. Sorry I was secretly blogging without your consent 🙂

      Dustin

      1. Haha no need to apologize. 🙂 Last night Jay and I were discussing this blog and came across how most people would think of “soul” and “spirit” as the same thing. But it isn’t. I was testing you and you passed. Congrats. 😛 (not that I would ever think you didn’t know what you were talking about)

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