1 Corinthians 11:17-34 in the “Context and Flow.”
I came to the truth regarding orthodox “hell” after searching all 859 references to the Hebrew and Greek words for “soul” – Nephesh and PsuchE.
The King James translators and most of those who came after them hid the truth from us. The very first occurrence of the word “soul” is found in Genesis 1:20. But instead of translating it the translators altered the Word of God by using the word “life” instead.
Why did they do this? Because being Platonists, they believed a person “has a soul” while animals don’t. Genesis 1:20 destroyed their theology, so they hid the truth.
I came across a passage today that was another blatant example of truth being concealed from us. Here’s the passage:
Leviticus 17:10 And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that SOUL that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.
11 For the LIFE of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your SOULS: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the SOUL.
The words in all caps are the translators translation of the Hebrew word Nephesh. When referring to man they translate it SOUL; when referring to the animals being sacrificed they translate it LIFE.
Just in case you think it was an innocent mistake, they did the exact same thing a few verses later:
14 For it is the LIFE of all flesh; the blood of it is for the LIFE thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the LIFE of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.
15 And every SOUL that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean.
Of the 754 occurrences of the word Nephesh the translators translated it 33 different ways! These include “soul” 471 times, “life” 119 times, “person” 13 times, “created” 10 times, then “dead body,” “desire,” “any,” “ghost,” and “fish.”
Of the 105 occurrences of the word PsuchE the translators translated it seven different ways. These are “soul” 58 times, “life” 40, “mind” 3, then “mind,” “heart,” “you,” “heartily,” and “us.”
There is no way anyone can defend this disloyalty to the Word of God.
Get out your concordance. You will find after examining all 859 occurrences in context that the soul is never connected with immortality. Not once.
This is an essential study. The teaching of the “immortality of the soul” is the fundamental ingredient of the God dishonoring “hell” of Christendom. The orthodox teaching regarding the “soul” destroys the gospel by making resurrection unnecessary.
Platonism asks, “Where will you go when you die?”
Scripture asks, “If a man dies, shall he live again?”
Look at those two questions carefully. Think about how each one is answered. If you believe in the “immortality of the soul,” then you will ask the first question. If you believe Scripture, you will ask the second question. Only the second question leads you to the right answer.
This is why this subject is so important for those of us who believe in the Successful RISEN Savior!
1 Corinthians 11:2-16 in the “Context and Flow.”
This passage is about order in the meeting of the out-called of Corinth in a time when God’s power was present and revelation was flowing directly from God. In these circumstances, the Corinthians had to follow a certain decorum which was unlike what was happening in pagan temple meetings.
1 Corinthians 10:1-11:1 in the “Context and Flow.”
1 Corinthians 9:1-27 in the “Context and Flow.”
There are no apostles or authorized teachers of the Word of God today; we are shut up to the Word of God alone. To set up pastors or other “authorities” as final arbiters of doctrine and practice is to set up a system devised out of our own hearts.
If the Word of God alone isn’t enough for you, I can only suggest that you pray to God for wisdom and develop a deep love for His written Word. But keep this in mind – the wisdom that will “come to you” will only come from the application of our minds to God’s Word.
Ministry helps are wonderful. Fellow-believers to bounce ideas off of are wonderful. Men who have burned the midnight oil over Scripture are a great resource. But to set up a human “authority” and pretend that authority has a special hot-line to heaven is detrimental. That’s when Bible Study movements have ceased to be “student movements.” That’s because the generations that follow the “founder” want to freeze the form by attaching apostolic veneration to the “founder”, build an organization around him, then attach Divine significance to the organization. Men love to venerate the dead! What begins as independent study concludes with stagnation and organizationalism. The “truth” has been frozen in time in fragmentary form – thus no progress.
Every sect has its Vatican and its relics.
In this dispensation of grace the Word of God is supreme. Today’s believer lives by principles and not by “thou shalt’s” or “thou shalt not’s.” Nor does he live by authoritative directions from a “superior.” Settle it in your mind once and for all – there are no short-cuts to maturity. Only dedication to life-long study of God’s written Word brings maturity.
Don’t let “Apostolic” pretenders rob you of your prize.