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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.
"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)
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.
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)
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.
This Day In History, March 4
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).
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.
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.