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The “Soul” and “Spirit” Appendix
This portion of “Bible Teach” shows the importance of defining terms biblically.
Chapter 6, paragraph 5 (p. 58) refers you to an appendix entitled, “’Soul’ and ‘Spirit’—What Do These Terms Really Mean?”
That appendix states, “Many believe that these words mean something invisible and immortal that exists inside us. They think that at death this invisible part of a human leaves the body and lives on. Since this belief is so widespread, many are surprised to learn that it is not at all what the Bible teaches.” (p. 208, the appendices don’t have numbered paragraphs) Continue reading
When I was studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses, the study conductors presented me with a barrage of proof texts for which I had no answer or explanation.
Masters of Deception was written to provide those answers. The author, F.W. Thomas, states, “Our primary reason in putting out this volume is to answer the false charges which the JW deceivers hurl against the Christian Church” and to “enable Christians to withstand and blunt the ferocity of the Watchtower onslaught, which has swept so many into perdition.” (pp. xiii-xiv) Continue reading
Jehovah’s Witnesses often quote Ezekiel 18:4: “Look! All the souls—to me they belong. As the soul of the father so also the soul of the son—to me they belong. The soul who sins is the one who will die.” (Watchtower’s 2013 New World Translation)
To a Jehovah’s Witness, this verse proves that at death, human beings are not conscious of anything; rather, they go out of existence completely unless and until Jehovah decides to resurrect them.
They don’t seem aware that they are making a lot of intermediate assumptions in order to arrive at that conclusion.
Here are some of those assumptions: Continue reading