Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 29, 2013

Spiritual Death

Spiritual death is defined as separation of the soul from God. Physical death is sometimes defined as separation of the soul from the body. Both these definitions assume the soul is a separate entity trapped in the body as long as the body is alive. They also assume the soul is immortal.

“Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7

Genesis declares that our bodies are made of earth, then a spark or breath or spirit activates them. The combination is a living being, or soul. The soul then is just a living body (as opposed to a dead one). It’s like a car. A parked car is like a dead body. Only when the spark ignites the fuel does the car come to life. If you take away the spark, the car will die. So with us. Remove the spirit (or breath), and we die. Therefore you cannot have spiritual death without getting bodily death. Spiritual death is an oxymoron. It rests on false premises planted in our minds by Satan himself. It is supposed as a solution to this scripture:

“but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:17

Spiritual death solves the fact that Adam didn’t die for 930 years. Or does it? The bible defines ‘day’ more loosely than 24 hours. Adam did die that day – that thousand year day.

“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.” 2 Peter 3:8

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