The Truth about
1 Sam. 28:8-15
1 Kings 17:21
1 Thess. 5:23
1 Peter 3:19
- Genesis 35:18
- "And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died)."
- It is argued from this passage that at death the soul departs. Since it must depart to somewhere, the somewhere is said to be either heaven or hell.
- To say that the souls of dying persons depart is to say nothing about whether or not the soul is immortal, or where, if any place, it might depart.
- In everyday speech it is appropriate to say "X lost the sight in his right eye" of "X lost his hearing after the accident." To use these expressions is not to imply that the eyesight was removed to another location or that the hearing departed to another abode. Likewise, "her soul was in departing" does not imply that the soul went to heaven, hell or anywhere else. The expression is synonymous with "her life was ebbing".
- The Hebrew word, "nephesh" rendered "soul" in this passage is translated "life" in one hundred other passages, E.g. Ex. 4:19; 21:23; 21:30.