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 OF SPIRIT (OR SOUL) FROM THE BODY
Some might say – well, death really means “separation of the spirit from the body” (or some may say “soul from the body” – either way, the discussion below applies to both, since the type of separation in question is fundamentally the same).
Well, to be sure, physical death of a human being does involve separation of the spirit from the body. That’s a very important point, which is necessary to grasp to understand the mechanics of joint death with Christ and “new birth” in Christ. However, that is an entailment, which is a type of implication. As demonstrated above, implication is not equivalence. Again, if the two were equivalent, let’s plug in the substitution in a couple of verses and see how it bears out:
and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s spirit separated from her body
That’s sounds strange, don’t you think? Isaac didn’t mourn the fact of separation of Sarah’s spirit and body, in fact that was probably the last thing he thought of, what grieved him is that his mother was no longer alive.
So Abimelech charged all his people, saying, “He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to separation of spirit from their body.
You don’t make threats like that. The threat was really death, or loss of life.
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 spirit separates from my body.
I am pretty sure Jacob wasn’t as concerned with the mechanics of his death as he was with the fact that he needed to bless his son while he (Jacob) was still alive.
Just keep going down starting from Genesis using a keyword search, and substitute “death” with “separation of spirit / soul from the body”, and you will quickly see how that becomes non-sensical very fast.