And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Though the concept of human souls being immortal is traced commonly to Greek philosophers (such as Plato), it’s clear from Genesis that this lie originated with Satan (the Father of Liars) in the very beginning of human history — in the Garden of Eden.
Though belief in the immortality of the soul has been dominate throughout Christian churches for at least 1700 years, the idea doesn’t come from the Bible — it’s not taught anywhere in Scripture. What the Bible actually teaches is that no person is immortal other than God Himself. Paul puts it this way in 1Tim 6.13ff:
I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things and Christ Jesus… Who alone is immortal…
God’s Plan was not for the human soul to be immortal… His Plan (all along) was to draw individuals into Himself — and since He is immortal, in Him, we are as well.
As difficult it is to step back from concepts we’ve accepted (as taught) for much of our lives, when we discover that a belief we’ve held is rooted in pagan philosophy and not the Scriptures, it’s critical for us to re-evaluate that belief. This particular belief, in fact, has serious consequences for the hope which we hold for the Afterlife.
- Is Man Naturally Immortal (brakelite.wordpress.com)