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Pat's Paragraphs

July 2017

Dear LLT Friends,

It was the year 1911. Duncan Macdougall was determined to see the soul. He wanted to know what color it was, and how large it was in relation to the body. He wanted to know what route it took on its way out. Did it come from the heart or the top of the head? Or did it escape through the lips, like a yawn?

Macdougall recruited a batch of dying men and, laying them in a darkened room, shined a beam of white light along the length of their bodies as they expired. But even with his experimental prism to separate the colors, he saw nothing.

He concluded that since only ether is invisible and undetectable, the soul must be made of ether. Several years later, he came out with an astounding theory: both ether and souls were subject to the laws of gravity, because if they weren’t, the pathway of the earth around the sun would be littered with the dead souls of all ages that had floated unfettered into space. ( Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, by Mary Roach)

Just see what humanity goes through to figure out what the Bible makes plain! And just see how eager some folks are to look for any explanation besides what Scriptures says!

What is a soul?

“The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen 2:7). A living human being, not a living, undetectable flame of ether.

Are souls immortal?

“The soul that sins, it shall die (Ez 18:4).” Souls won’t float out to the earth’s orbit. Souls die.

What is death?

“The dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is forgotten “ (Ecc 9:5). Dead souls know nothing.

“Their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished. Neither have they any more a portion in anything that is done under the sun” (Ecc 9:6). Dead souls have no feelings.

No wonder Mr. Macdougall couldn’t see a soul! There were only bodies to see; bodies whose last breath had left them.

But death is not the final word: “Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). God will give life back to those who are His at the resurrection.

Wonderful truth! Thank God! Thank you for helping us tell this story!

With a grateful heart,

Pat

Death and the Spirit

The words soul and spirit are sometimes used interchangeably by people who talk about the disembodied entities that supposedly exist in the unseen world. This common misconception can be traced back to the one who told Eve, ''You will surely not die!"

Well then, just what is a spirit? Doesn't the Bible say that man has one of those? And isn't that what goes back to God when a person dies?

Genesis 2:7 tells how spirit figured into the creation of man. "Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being" (NASB).

In this verse, spirit is from the Hebrew word neshamah . This word occurs 24 times in the Old Testament and is usually translated by breath . Blast and spirit are among other possible renderings. It was the neshamah of life that God breathed into Adam. It was the neshamah of life that transformed his inert form into a living soul or being.

Someone who has misread the biblical description of Creation might be thinking, “So, l AM a soul , but I HAVE a neshamah . It must be my neshamah that can live on after I die!”

That conclusion fails when we look at another Hebrew word, ruach. It is the Old Testament's primary Hebrew word for spirit. It appears about 380 times. The King James Version usually translates it wind, breath, or spirit. It refers to God 90 times, and even to angels in a few places. There are more than one hundred verses where it represents the life force, or the spiritual, mental, or emotional aspects of life.

So , ruach, which is sometimes translated spirit, may look like an even better candidate than neshamah for a person’s conscious survival after the death of the body. The two words are used together in Hebrew poetry. Here's one example:"The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life" (Job 33:4). In this verse spirit is used for ruach and breath for neshamah.

Job, speaking of death, talks of the life-giving process being reversed. He pictures God gathering "unto himself his spirit and his breath" (Job 34:14). We find support for this idea in Ecclesiastes 12:7, which speaks of man's death this way: 'Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it" (NASB).

But what really happens when the spirit returns to God. Does that spirit carry with it the consciousness of the person who has died? According to the Bible, No. The Psalmist wrote, "His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish" (Psalm 146:4).

In the New Testament, spirit is used most often to refer to the third Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. There are also references to angels and demons. But nowhere does the New Testament support the view that we have a conscious, intelligent spirit which lives on after death.

God is the source of life. He gives the breath or spirit of life, and we live. Without that breath we cease living and our bodies decompose into dust.

Whether we recognize it or not, our dependence upon God is complete.


–Jim Wood

Summer Savings!
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Maniilaq, the Eskimo Prophet
Far to the north in Alaska, a man heard a voice and learned many things. Maniilaq learned about seventh day resting. He saw his people being freed from the power of the shamans. Many still wait for a radiant city coming from the sky to take the good people to a beautiful land. Documentary (60 min.)

The Israel of the Alps
A three-part documentary series tracing the history of the Waldensian Christians, who for over a thousand years, amid intense sufferings, clung to the word of God. Scattered over many lands, they planted the seeds of the Reformation. Beautiful on-location footage. (90 min.)

The Religion of 666
The Bible warns against receiving the number of the beast, the mystical number 666. John Bishop investigates the origins of the number, how was it used in ancient Babylon, and how it is used today. Contains both English and Spanish. (30 min.)

Mysteries Unmasked
1. Visit pyramids in Egypt, Babylon, Central America, Norway and Asia and learn their meaning in ancient religions. 2. Flying Saucers and Winged Serpents: An understanding of symbolism unmasks Satan's deceptions. 3. Gold Tried in the Fire: The tomb of the famed King Tut in Egypt reveals the use of jewelry in the ancient world. 4. Halloween: The ancient origins of Halloween, the Celtic festival of Samhain, with its focus on the immortal soul, magic, witchcraft and evil spirits. (4 programs - 2 DVDs)

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