A Living Soul

A Living Soul

God created Adam and Eve as 'living souls' (Gen 2:7). They were made in the very image of God (Gen 1:27).

Each of us is a living soul. (And corporately, all human-beings are living souls.)

As a living soul, each individual has consciousness and self-awareness.

Genesis 1:27

God created mankind in his own image. In the image of God, he created them.

Genesis 2:7

The Lord God formed man… and man became a living soul.



Life and death, body and soul

It is generally recognised that although the body dies, the soul remains alive throughout eternity. In this respect we are like God because our soul is immortal. We live forever.

Some accept this view because they believe it from the Bible. Many others simply accept it because an innate sense tells them that this is so.


A Christian understanding of -- eternal bliss, eternal torment

The general and most popular view of eternity held by Christians is that there are two places in which to spend eternity. For those who are saved in Jesus Christ, eternity is the bliss of heaven living in the presence of God.

For the damned, eternity is the eternal torment of hell.

For some, this presents a troubling thought. -- The never-ending wrath of an Almighty God comes upon all nonbelievers.



God’s Wrath


Seven last plagues are poured out. They are called 'last' because with them God's wrath is completed (Revelation 15:1).

Revelation 14:10b

They will be tormented with burning sulphur in the presence of the Lamb.

Revelation 14:10a

They will drink the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath.

Revelation 16:21

They cursed God on account of the plague.

Their torment will only cease at the end of the seven last plagues -- when God's wrath is completed.

Revelation 15:1

I saw the seven angels with the seven last plagues -- last, because with them God's wrath is completed.



This Raises Questions

If (as the Bible says) the wrath of God is completed at the outpouring of the seven last plagues -- why should we think his wrath will continue throughout all eternity?



  • Man is mortal.
  • A mortal man cannot suffer eternal torment.
  • A man's 'living soul' (Genesis 2:7) is never called his 'immortal soul.'
  • The 'soul' that sins will die (Ezekiel 18:4, 20).

The Wicked

  • The wicked die.
  • Nowhere in the Bible -- does it say that the wicked receive immortality.

The Redeemed

  • God's redeemed will receive 'immortality' (of both the body and soul) at the resurrection at the last day (1 Corinthians 15:53, 54).


For more detail see --

Life and death issues -- lifefromgod.com/life-and-death-issues

God alone has immortality -- lifefromgod.com/god-alone-has-immortality



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