The Truth about
1 Sam. 28:8-15
1 Kings 17:21
1 Thess. 5:23
1 Peter 3:19
- It is useful in discussion to lead the conversation by well-chosen questions which guide the disputant to the desired conclusion without having to tell him so. This approach reduces the "loss of face" which can be a barrier to further profitable discussion. This is especially true of discussion on the death state in which the loss of loved ones may prejudice a reasoned consideration of the evidence. The following questions are samples:
- How can it be said that Christ brought immortality to light (2 Tim. 1:10) if man has been immortal since Adam?
- How can immortality be sought for (Rom. 2:7) if it is already a present possession?
- If Adam had an immortal soul, why was he thrust out of the garden that he might not "live forever"? (Gen. 3:22)
- If the souls of the righteous go to heaven at death, why a resurrection? (Usually the reply is, "for the purpose of Judgment," but this implies that souls are rewarded first, and then judged!)
- The doctrine of the immortality of the soul destroys the arguments whereby the New Testament writers affirm the resurrection of the dead.
- "If Christ be not raised . . . then they which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished." (1 Cor. 15:17,18). But how can these dead saints be said to be sleeping if their souls (the real saints) are already in heaven, and how can it be said that these saints would perish unless Christ be raised, if their immortal souls go to bliss at death?
- The apostle Paul said, "If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not?" (1 Cor. 15:32). If the soul is immortal (and hence can enjoy heavenly bliss separated from the body) why does the apostle stress "if the dead rise not"? Why the concern for the body if the soul can enjoy bliss without the body?