Can a soul or spirit be destroyed?

Some oppose literal destruction by resorting to the reasoning that people are spiritual beings, and “By definition, a spirit cannot die. A spirit is an immortal being” (Robertson 72). You’ll notice that anyone who makes such an argument will fail to quote any Biblical passages to support this definition. That’s because there are none. Nor does a standard English dictionary support this definition. The Funk and Wagnall’s dictionary defines ‘spirit’ as “A supernatural and immaterial being.” A spirit is an immaterial being, that’s all. This certainly doesn’t mean an immaterial being is unable to die. It’s as simple as this: Whatever creature God gives life to he can bring death to. Whatever he creates he can also de-create. The human mind or disembodied soul...

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The Truth About Hell: Other Arguments proving Annihilation

The Truth About Hell: Other Arguments proving Annihilation

      In light of the overwhelmingly clear biblical support for literal everlasting destruction and the lack thereof for eternal torment, adherents of the latter view have had to resort to all sorts of bizarre religious theories and objections. This chapter and the next one are devoted to looking at the truth about hell and these various extra-biblical arguments.   “Death Means ‘Separation’ ”    Let’s start with the strange theory that death doesn’t really mean death, but “separation.” Consider Paul’s unmistakable statement in this passage: ROMANS 6:23 For the wages of sin is death (thanatos), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. As we’ve already seen in Chapter One, “death” here is translated from the Greek word...

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Understanding Human Nature: Spirit, Mind & Body

Understanding Human Nature: Spirit, Mind & Body

          In Chapter Four we briefly looked at the subject of human nature. This appendix is for readers who desire to dig deeper in their biblical studies on the subject of spirit, mind & body and how they relate. There has been much debate in the church on the subject of human nature. Some teach that human beings are essentially a dichotomy (two-part) consisting of the inner person — soul/spirit — and the outer person — body. Others maintain that we are a trichotomy (three-part) consisting of two separate inner facets — spirit and soul (mind) — and an outer facet — body. Others insist that human beings are essentially one psychosomatic unit by nature and therefore terms that the Bible uses, such...

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