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Anti-christ, Jesus of Nazareth?

Now we reach what perhaps may be termed the climax of the subject--the soul's relation to death. The term "immortal soul" expresses one side of the argument. "Immortal" means "not subject to death." That is the stand of Plato and orthodox Christendom.

Let us look at what GOD says. Now it would have been quite possible for the Scriptures never to have mentioned soul in connection with death. Many other terms and expressions could have been used. So that when we find that in nearly 300 places (one-third of the total uses of the word) souls are described as being mortal, subject to death, from which they can be saved and delivered, it is quite clear that God is taking special pains to give us correct ideas on this subject, and remove all excuse for believing in "immortal souls" after the manner of the unenlightened heathen. Examples of this are:

    • Psa. 22:20: "Deliver my soul (nephash) from the sword..."
    • Jer. 38:17: "If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the King of Babylon's princes, then thy soul (nephesh) shall live..."
    • 1st Sam. 19:11: "If thou save not thy life (nephesh--soul) tonight, tomorrow thou shalt be slain."
    • 1st Kings 19:10: "...they seek my life (nephesh) to take it."
    • Esther 7:7: "Haman stood up to make request for his life (nephesh)..."
    • Psa. 22:29: "...none can keep alive his own soul (nephesh)."

One out of every three occurrences of the word are of this character--referring to its mortality and liability to death. How could the immortal soul theory be more strikingly disproved? The most prominent fact regarding the soul that is forced upon our attention throughout is its frailty and danger of destruction. Upon this is based the one great lesson of Scripture:


"Hear, and your soul (nephesh) shall live" (Isa. 55:3).


By Bro. Rene Growcott
1966, with Scriptural passages added by Editor