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Wednesday, March 4 2015

Psalm 102: Leaving The Soul Behind

"Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection"

The English-language word "soul" began from an Anglo-Saxon word, sawel. It meant an age, as in a lifetime - people lived their "soul" and then naturally died. The original meaning of "soul" was wholly physical, nothing spiritual.

By coincidence, or not, the English-language word "soul" sounds very much like the Biblical Hebrew word, pronounced sheol, that referred to the place where physical creatures return after they have lived their lives (see also Is 'Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust' Really In The Bible?). Both words are based upon the reality that is described throughout the Holy Scriptures.

Little Girl and Butterfly

"3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3:19 KJV)

"146:4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." (Psalm 146:4 KJV)

The "immortal soul" idea was invented by pagan religions because they had no knowledge of what really happens when humans, and all other physical creatures, naturally die (see also Resurrection and Reincarnation: What's The Difference?).

"Soul" is used to translate two original words of the Holy Scriptures. According to God's Word, a "soul" is a living, breathing creature that eventually dies.

  • The Old Testament Hebrew word (pronounced) nay-fesh, which literally means a breathing creature (human or animal), is variously translated as soul, life, person, mind, heart, creature, body, himself, yourselves, dead, will, desire, man, themselves and appetite.

  • The New Testament Greek word (pronounced) psoo-kay, which literally means life's breath or breathing (see Giving Up The Ghost), is variously translated as soul, life, mind and heart.

Nowhere does the Holy Bible say that the "soul" is immortal - the "immortal soul" is a man-made doctrine. The Word of God plainly declares that souls are subject to death - with the joyous purpose of making eternal life possible.

"2:7 And the LORD God [see The Identity Of The LORD God] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7 KJV)

"18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die." (Ezekiel 18:4 KJV)

"5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death" (James 5:20 KJV)

Eternal life will be spiritual, that cannot die, not physical, that by nature was designed to die - to make eternal life possible. Physical creatures must put away their mortal existence, at the proper time, in order to live forever - but the "soul," the physical body, doesn't like to be discarded. It fills itself with pain and grief that is felt by the one who will soon no longer need it. Even the Messiah's "soul" expressed the same grief: "26:38 Then saith He unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death" (Matthew 26:38 KJV).

A physical body is appreciated and loved, for a few years, but it was intended only as a temporary "tabernacle" to house the one who was intended to one day shed it.

"5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 5:3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:" (2 Corinthians 5:1-6 KJV)

The writers of the Psalms also frequently expressed a "grieving soul" that knew that it was soon to be left behind when its occupant graduated to eternal life (see the Fact Finder question below).

"102:1 A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.

Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. 102:2 Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

102:3 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. 102:4 My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread. 102:5 By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin. 102:6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. 102:7 I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top. 102:8 Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me. 102:9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, 102:10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down. 102:11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

102:12 But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. 102:13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. 102:14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. 102:15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 102:16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. 102:17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

102:18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD. 102:19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; 102:20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death; 102:21 To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem; 102:22 When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

102:23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days. 102:24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations. 102:25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 102:26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: 102:27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. 102:28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee." (Psalm 102:1-28 KJV)

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This Day In History, March 4

51: Nero (who later became Emperor Nero) was given the title Princeps Iuventutis (see Nero's Torches and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

527: In Constantinople, a gravely ill Justin crowned his nephew Justinian as co-emperor.

1152: Frederick I Barbarossa was proclaimed King of the German tribes. Germany became "the Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Europe in 560
1461: During England's Wars of the Roses, Lancastrian King Henry VI was deposed by his Yorkist cousin, who then became King Edward IV.

1493: Christopher Columbus returned (aboard the Nina) to Lisbon, Portugal from his voyage to "America" (actually only the islands of the Caribbean; see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1507: Future Protestant "reformer" (although, like nearly all of the Christian-professing world, Luther's doctrines never actually changed; he merely rejected the Papacy's leadership) Martin Luther, at age 21, was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic church.

1519: Hernan Cortes arrived in Mexico on a mission of conquest and plunder of the Aztec civilization.

1541: Ignatius of Loyola became the first superior-general of the Jesuits.

Francis Drake 1581: England's Frances Drake and his crew completed the circumnavigation of the world.

1628: The Massachusetts Bay Colony was granted a Royal charter for English pioneers to build a civilization in the wilderness later to be known as "New England."

1665: King Charles II of England declared war on the Netherlands, thereby beginning the Second Anglo-Dutch War.

1675: John Flamsteed was appointed the first Astronomer Royal of England.

1681: King Charles II granted a land charter to English developer William Penn to create a civilization out of the wilderness area that would later be named after Penn - Pennsylvania (after completing his assigned task, Penn returned home and is buried in England).

1687: James II ordered his Declaration of Indulgence read in church, allowing for full liberty of worship in England. It allowed peaceable meetings of nonconformists and forgave all penalties for ecclesiastical offenses.

1791: The British House of Commons introduced the Constitutional Act which defined Upper and Lower Canada - geographic terms based merely upon the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean. "Upper" Canada was what is today southern Ontario and "Lower" Canada was what is today southern Quebec i.e. Upper Canada was upriver of Lower Canada.

1812: The former French territory of Orleans became a U.S. state, with the name Louisiana (named after the French King Louis).

1905: An earthquake in Kangra India, killed 375,000 people.

1918: During the First World War, the Battle of the Somme ended.

1936: The first flight of the airship Hindenburg was made in Germany.

1947: The Dunkirk Treaty of alliance was concluded between Britain and France. Its aim was to meet the danger of any new German aggression, while at the same time serving as a Western European grouping of nations to stand against further communist expansion. The formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) would follow.

1949: 12 nations - the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Portugal - founded the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). West Germany, Greece, Turkey and Spain joined later.

1960: The French freighter La Coubre exploded in Havana, Cuba, killing 100 people.

1970: The French submarine Eurydice exploded underwater, the entire 57-man crew were lost.

1976: The Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention was formally dissolved. Direct rule of Northern Ireland by the British Parliament began.

1983 The first launch of the space shuttle Challenger. It was in service less than 3 years before exploding shortly after launch on January 28, 1986.

1986: The Soviet Vega 1 spacecraft began transmitting images of Halley's Comet, and the first images of its nucleus, back to Earth.

1991: Sheikh Saad Al-Abdallah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait, returned to his country after Iraq's invasion.

2009: The International Criminal Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.


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