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  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Biblical Studies / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:500
  • eBook ISBN:9781626750050

Resurrection or Immortality

The Resurrection, Our Only Hope Of Life After Death

by William Robert West

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Why are we to "seek for immortality" if we are born immortal? Why will we "put on immortality" if the only part of us that will ever be immortal has been immortal from birth (or before birth)? The fact that a person must "seek for...immortality" and immortality must be "put on" at the resurrection is conclusive proof that a person does not now have immortality, nor does a person have some immaterial, immortal something in them that cannot die. If Romans 2:7 and 1 Corinthians 15:53 teaches nothing more, it teaches that no part of a person now possess immortality. Not one passage in the Bible says anyone is now immortal; if no one is now immortal, no one can now have a soul that is now immortal. The immortal soul theology is from pagan philosophy, if all have a deathless soul, and we are told that this deathless soul is the only part of a person that will ever be immortal, and it is already immortal, the resurrection is made to be useless.
There are two views that are commonly believed about what will happen to mankind after death. VIEW ONE: The belief that all have a “soul” that W. E. Vine says is nothing but “the immaterial, invisible part of man,” (“Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary Of Old And New Testament Words,” page 588) and Robert A. Morey says, that after the death of the body the soul will be nothing but “mental thoughts” (“Death And The Afterlife,” page 79), “In as much as the soul is immaterial” (Internet Encyclopedia Of Philosophy, article “Immortality”). Will this nothing be the only part of a person that will have eternal life in Heaven? Is this immaterial something that is nothing but mental thoughts is all of you that will be in Heaven or Hell; will the person (you) be gone and nothing but thoughts will be all that is left, then all of the “you” that you know anything about will be forever be gone? Most that believe all are born with an immortal “soul” have only a vague unclear understanding or even no idea of what they believe this unknown immaterial something they believe to be in them really is, but “it” (not themselves) is what they believe must be saved, and only “it” will be in Heaven if they save “it,” or in Hell if they do not. The belief that everyone has an immaterial something in them and this something, whatever this nothing but “mental thoughts” could be, will live forever and cannot die makes it not possible for death to be the wages of sin. If a person has something in them that is deathless, it would not be subject to the wages of sin, which is death, and this deathless nothing could not ever be destroyed; this, whatever it is would be, is born with eternal life, and it could never die; therefore, it could not be resurrected from the dead. This view has two major divisions. VIEW TWO: The belief that the person you now are will put on immortality at the resurrection, and it is you (not just some immaterial something in you) that will live forever in Heaven; we, not an immaterial soul, is now in the image of Adam, we, not an immaterial soul, will have the image of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:49). The wages of sin is death, and the lost will die the second death, they do not now have immortality and never will be immortal; those who do not belong to Christ will forever be destroyed after their judgment.
About the author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR He was born 11/25/33 in Ga. but has lived most of his adult life in Fl. Was in the Navy for four years from 1952 to 1956 on two different aircraft carriers (helms-man). He became a Christian in 1953 while he was in the Navy. Went to Florida Christian College (now Florida College) three years from 1956 to 1959. He now live in Florida, have been married to the same person for over fifty years. He have no children but do have two dogs that love to walk and if they do not get two or three walks a day they think they are being neglected, but they help keep him healthily and give him lots of love. The things he likes to do most is read, write, work in his yard, and fish. He spends more time updating his web pages for it is the best way he have found to teach other about the Bible. He is a devoted Christian for about 60 years, who put God first in his life and believes God’s word, the Bible is His revelation to all people and it supplies us completely with all we need to live and worship as God wants us to. In this work he points out some of the many ways the beliefs of some have set aside God’s word, and they are “teaching the doctrines and precepts of man” Matthew 15:9.
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