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December 29, 2008

Unbeliever’s soul after death

Unbeliever is one that rejects Christ as their personal LORD and Savior. Read the post on ‘Saving Faith’ for more details on that topic. That said , this post deals with the destination of unbelievers after death. Mankind is superior to other forms of life in that he is an immortal person. Plant life has body; animals have a body and self-consciousness. Mankind has spirit, soul, and body. The soul and spirit makes up the person.
The body is the physical house in which the person dwells while here on earth. The soul is the self consciousness that responds to environment and thoughts, and is the center of the senses – taste, touch, smell, hearing, sight. The spirit is that which can comprehend spiritual things; God-consciousness, conscience.
” I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thess 5:23; Heb. 4:12).
The word “death” means separation; it is the separation of the soul and spirit from the body.
Hell
The Bible teaches more about Hell than it does about Heaven. Hell is a location. it is not here on the earth [were humans reside], nor is it a thing of the imagination. Hell is a place of spiritual torment in this age because the bodies of the unbelieving dead are in the grave, Hell is believed to be in the center of the earth. ” The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath” (Prov. 15:24).
Unbelievers are NOT annihilated after death- they do not cease to exist. They exist in a condition of ruin and conscious separation from God throughout eternity. ” The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who will be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power” (II Thess. 1:7-9). The word destruction does not mean annihilation. You can destroy a piece of paper, but it is not annihilated. Though it is burned and the ashes scattered, the chemical formula still remains. There is no annihilation of anything, including men. To destroy means to “cease from its original capacity: to be ruined.”
“The fire that never shall be quenched: where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” ( Mark 9: 43, 44). Here the word worm is an old English expression referring to the ” germ of life, ” or the soul. Everlasting destruction is everlasting separation from God in torment.
The question is asked, “But does fire really mean literal fire in connection with Hell?” The Bible often uses the word fire simply as being symbolic or some trial or testing, etc. However, whenever God’s Word is symbolic it usually gives the explanation. In the case of Hell fire, it is never explained to be anything other than literal fire. ” It is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire” (Matt. 18: 8).
Others ask the question, “If God is a God of love, how can He create anything so cruel as an eternal Hell?”
Hell was not made for men. It was made for Satan and his angels. But men who disobey God and follow Satan will have to go with [Satan] some day. God is a God of love, and for that reason He provided a Savior for sinners. Those who reject God’s Son and trample under foot the blood of the Son of God cannot hope hope to escape eternal punishment and they deserve it.

The Lake of Fire

There is a difference between Hell in this age and the lake of fire throughout eternity. Those in Hell now are in spiritual torment only, for their bodies are in the grave. After the second resurrection the bodies of the unbelievers will be raised and become spiritual bodies which cannot die or be destroyed. Throughout eternity they will be in physical and spiritual torment in the lake of fire. The Bible does not say just where the lake of fire will be, but of one thing we are sure, it will not be in the center of the earth for God makes a new earth “wherein dwelleth righteousness” (II Peter 3; 13).
But there is no doubt about there being a lake of fire. ” And Satan that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone… and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever… And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death…. The lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Rev. 20:10, 14; 21: 8).

Such versus as these take the frivolity out of the subject of Hell. How many people laugh and say, ” I don’t care if I go to Hell; there’ll be plenty of company there!” There will be plenty of others there, yes. But company, no! There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. it is not good company when everyone is gnashing his teeth. There is no love in Hell, no peace, no hope, no light, no mercy, no friendship; no such words as mother, sweetheart; not even one drop of water! Hell is no laughing matter.
I recommend you read “A Divine Revelation of Hell ” by Mary K. Baxter. The book gives you a very good idea about how horrific your existence will be for all eternity if you reject Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior; and if you do not live a holy and righteous life for Jesus daily.

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