The materialist/ monist view of death is that once the Body dies… the conscious being of a person is annihilated… because to their way of thinking our consciousness is nothing more that the result of an attunement of atoms.
Thus there can be no judgement for sins because not only in the materialist view is there no judge.
They say their is no objective moral Law, nor ‘anyone’ to be held account… the actions of a person merely being the blind outworking of Materialist determinism.
It is vitally important to distinguish this false conception of Human life and death from what the Bible clearly teaches… and that is that Death does not result in the annihilation of the conscious being/ personality… which being created in the image of God is both non-materialistic, and eternal… and morally capable (possessed of conscious free-will) and accountable.
It defies belief that there are many ‘highly educated’ people who claim to be Christians yet fail to be able to believe in Man’s Dualistic nature.
They dont believe in Freewill.
They dont believe any part of us survives death.
In these things they are Atheists.
What is even more absurd is that the say they reject Dualism because they cant understand it… deluding themselves that they *can understand* how consciousness can be derived from Dead matter!
The reality is that the cannot understand such a thing either!
Yet they have been sucked so far down the superstitious highway of Naturalism… the false religion of our age…. that they trust in the follies of rebellious and vain human scholarship and pseudo-science rather than in the word of God.
What is doubly ironic is that Christ himself condemned the heretical Jewish sect called the Sadducee’s
for believing these very same *monist* beliefs in respect to Life after death, and judgement.
He told them that at that very moment Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were *Alive*… though their bones were in their sepulchres.
“…Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying,
Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.
And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.
And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.
In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.”
Mark 12vs 18-27.
That the soul goes on is one of the most beautiful, yet frightening truths of the scriptures.
It is both Hope and Dread.
Hope for those of us who have faith in Christ and have a burning longing to be reunited with our loved ones… and with God our Father, and Christ our Saviour in eternity.
yet still it is dread for those of us who have faith in Christ, yet fear the reality that many of our fellow sinners… Family members and friends have rejected Salvation and will be lost for eternity.
These are the ultimate realities of Christianity.
They are too much for ‘the Natural man’ to comprehend… they are foolishness unto them.
Read St Paul… 1 Corinthians chapter 1.
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10 thoughts on “The Christian conception of death… not Annihilation, but the separation of the soul from the body. William Lane Craig.”
Immortality of the soul is a pagan belief. This is the error that leads to the eternal torment and tyrannical God doctrine.
I say we certainly will die!
It’s just that death does not mean annihilation.
It means our eternal souls are separated from our bodies.
In the story about the Rich man and Lazarus…. Both men died…. and while the beggar Lazarus was in Abraham’s Bosom…. the Rich man opened up his eyes in hell.
And this is not a Parable …. it’s a true story…. about *a certain* Rich man… Luke 16vs 1-31.
Now the fact that some pagan’s may have postulated the truth that the soul of Man is immortal, does not make this teaching pagan or false, indeed there is every probability that they gained this knowledge from a pure source… eg from Joseph in Egypt… or something like that…. from Noah…. and though with the process of time they have deviated to the degree of paganism, that they have still retained this kernel of truth… along with the truth that there is a judgement…. etc.
The immortality of the soul is a thoroughly Christian doctrine, and actually explains why God took the pains to send Christ to save us… but not the animals.
The immortality of the human soul is part of our value and dignity which separates us from the lower creatures.
Furthermore I dont give a Rats arse about the whiney Bitches who cry about the fact that ‘Eternal punishment’ is a horrible proposition!
YES it is horrible!…. yet this does not make it false.
it is an objective fact that Christ came to Earth to warn Mankind about!…. to save us from it… and that is why preaching the Gospel is a moral imperative.
Why I spit on the ground at such whiney bitchiness is because it attempts to tell God how he ought to judge…. to re-invent God… moulded in such a pleasant fashion as to be subjectively appealing.
I’ve got some bad news for you false Idol makers.
There is a hell.
God did destroy the world by Flood.
God will allow the Antichrist to tyrannize over the Earth for 7 years.
All this is a consequence of Adams rebellion.
a little leaven leaveth the whole lump.
We are both witnesses and participants in the Biblical reality.
My referring to immortality being Pagan was mirroring your argument. Associating a proposition with objectionable falsehoods is not reason to consider a proposition false.
Trusting in God’s loving nature helps us understand scripture.
God kicked his naughty children out of Eden out of love. Why?
The doctrine of eternal conscious torment in Hell is NOT BIBLICAL.
It is foolishness to base your theology on the corrupt KJV MISTRANSLATION.
The Bible mentions Sheol, Hades, Tartarus and Gehenna. It never mentions Hell!
You can go to Hell anytime you want to… just stop feeling love for anyone or anything… cut yourself off from the rest of it and there you are.
Here’s some real rap. None of that Kanye West bullshit.
My Bible mentions hell Richard.
I wish it didn’t…. but it does… that’s an objective fact.
You however allow your own emotions to rob you of being able to bear the truth.
You instead seek to make rationalist excuses so as to make the Bible more appealing to your sentiments… your beliefs are utterly subjective… You are so vain as to believe God must conform to *your whims* to be moral.
Ever herd of Dante’s inferno?
He talks about Hell 300 years before the KJV, so this proves that the doctrine was not an English mis-translation.
Dante wrote in Italian … from the Latin Vulgate
Tim, I don’t get to change what God says … and neither do you, neither does the KJV, and neither does the Vulgate!
If you had bothered to follow the link I gave above, you would have seen the following table.
Number of times the word ‘Hell’ occurs in the following Bible Versions
Dante was a medieval sadist and pornographer. Why hold him in esteem?
Given that the KJV translators “adjusted” their translation of the OT to “conform” to the Latin Vulgate, answer me this. Why did less than half of the Vulgate’s references to ‘hell’ make it into the KJV?
That’s because the KJV is a mistranslation of earlier mistranslations. It merely adds insult to injury. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion!