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Old 10-29-2016, 05:25 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
This topic is really about -
Is the soul eternal?
This is supported by a few observations:

1. What the Bible says:

Matt 10:28 "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell."

The destruction of the soul (rather than its preservation for eternal torture) seems to be what Jesus taught.
The verse says "fear Him who CAN destroy both body and soul in hell," but does NOT say He WILL. Also, there are several Greek words for destroy in English. You should not assume that it means a "termination of existence."

John 5.29 indicates two kinds of resurrections, one of life and the other of judgment. In all cases in the Bible, resurrection meant the body came back to life, as opposed to when Samuel spoke to Saul from the grave. Ones like Lazarus and the many saints in Matthew 27.52-53 resurrected with their same bodies only to die at a later time. In other words, both Jesus and Lazarus were recognizable, and did not receive some foreign looking body.

The comment was made that a soul can not suffer, only a body can. All men (and women, of course) live, die, will be resurrected, and then face judgment in their body. (Hebrew 9.27) Those who believe will be judged by the Lord before the millennial kingdom, and those who do not believe will be judged at the great white throne after the kingdom.
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