Sunday, March 29, 2015

Absent from the Body

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8

The above scripture is used by many to prove that we have immortal souls. And why not? Since there are no scriptures that say we do--and many that say we die--these people must wrest the scriptures in their vain attempt to make their point.

Do you see a proof of immortality here?

I share Paul's sentiments as expressed about, yet am certain we die completely.

Those who misinterpret this verse may clap their hands together and proclaim, "There's your proof." They are very quick in their judgement. They take less time than I do when buying a shirt, and I'm not picky.

When we try to establish or disprove a doctrine, it really helps to read, at least, the whole chapter from which we select a verse. When we read this chapter, we see that Paul is telling us about two bodies. The one we have now, and the one we shall have. At no time does he speak of a disembodied soul. He yearns to be in the presence of Christ, in his heavenly tent, not made with hands.

I wish for the same thing, very much, and an immortal soul has nothing to do with it.

If only we would all take the time to read before we make judgements. Paul, the tent maker, uses this simile concerning how we will be in glorified bodies when we see Christ.

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