The soul separates form the body.

Some don’t believe that we have a soul that continues on after death. This verse clearly shows that physical death occurs when the soul separates from the body (in the same way that spiritual death is separation from God).

1 Kings 17:21 And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.” 22Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and herevived.

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One Response to The soul separates form the body.

  1. droptozro says:

    Ray you need to do a better word study of the Hebrew word “nephesh.” That word is the equivalent of “soul.” This verse does not prove the soul separates from the body. It can be read that way, but if you understand a larger word study of “nephesh” you’ll find out that word is much like the way modern English uses the word “life.” We have life, and we are a life. “Soul” can describe the body of a person, that’s what Genesis teaches… you are a living soul(your entire body)(Gen 2:7). The Torah teaches that the soul is in the blood(Lev 17:11). You’ll notice he’s speaking about animals being souls also if you study.

    All this verse in 1 Kings is saying is that the “life” of the child is to be restored. He wants his life back. The overwhelming support of Scripture is that “soul” is not a metaphysical part of us that separates upon death… that’s a gnostic/Platonic idea, not a biblical one. I used to believe what you did until I did more studies in large scopes. There are plenty of verses that throw huge loopholes into the “eternality of the soul” concept if you don’t just look for proof-texts and give it an honest look.

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