And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:26
Got me! Here I am, saying there is no hell or immortal soul, and this verse proves that there are both.
If only Jesus had said "hell". And if only he had not said there is one who can kill the soul. The word translated as "hell" is really "geena". As far as destroying an immortal soul, it seems contradictory, does it not?
I know how the hell people answer this. They say the soul is immortal (Thou shall not surely die), but it can be separated from God, and that is what death of the soul means. These people are slipperier than a bucket of oiled eels.
All I have is persistence and a few questions. Here is one. How can one be separated from God if they are not first united with Him?
Since Eden we are all born in sin, already separated from God. No further separation is needed to condemn us to death.
Separation is not a future threat, but death is. So, I figure that the death of the soul that Jesus speaks of is eternal death. Man can kill the body, but God can destroy both body and life, forever.
How many people have looked up "soul" in a Bible dictionary? It means the breath of life, simple as that.
One way to say what the threat of Matthew 10:26 represents is to say, man can kill, but you will be resurrected. When God kills, you will never breathe again.
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