DEATH ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES SERIES – TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Intro and purpose. What death is not equal to.
- Death is not separation from God
- Death is not separation from the life of God
- There’s no such thing as “spiritual death”
- Death is not separation of soul from the body
- Death is not separation – summary
- Physical death is not annihilation
- Divine bio-engineering. How Jesus Christ solves the problem of death of fleshly bodies
- Death according to the Bible: lack of life, loss of life
DEATH IS NOT EQUIVALENT TO SEPARATION FROM GOD
Now, one might say, death in the Scripture means not just any kind of separation, but “separation from God”, specifically (there’s another definition, I will get to it later write-up). My question is then this: where exactly in the Scripture is death thus defined? At least one passage that doesn’t just state that as an implication (we saw above that it would be a very weak proof requiring us to make implicit assumptions to accommodate the statement), but that would define the two as equivalent. I personally couldn’t find any. Moreover, if death means “separation from God”, it has to bear out in all of the instances where the word “death” or its derivatives are used. If so, then let’s make our substitutions to see if the equivalence bears out:
and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s separation from God
If anything, Isaac should have been grieved after that.
And it came to pass, after the separation from God of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac.
Now we have Abraham and Sarah separated from God, instead of dead. Abraham was supposed to be the father of faith, and an example for us, actually.
“So Abimelech charged all his people, saying, “He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to separation from God.”
Where did Abimelech get the medieval pope-like “powers” to separate people from God?
Bring me game and make savory food for me, that I may eat it and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my separation from God
That sounds very ironic – bless you in the presence of the Lord before I am separated from God.
I am having a bit of fun with this here, but you see my point. Just keep going down starting from Genesis using a keyword search, and substitute “death” with “separation from God”, and you will quickly see how that doesn’t make any sense.