Where did Man come from?
God made man from the dust of the earth, which he also used to make “all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air” (Gen 2:19).
But man is different because God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (Gen 2:7) and he became a living being.
Such breath is the spiritual life of man which animals do not have.
Therefore man is not just a fleshly body but there is a spirit living in it (Zech 12:1; Job 32:8, 18;
1 Cor 2:11).
Note: There is also a clear distinction between the soul and body (1 Thess 5:23; Heb 4:12).
Man was created by God, not as a result of evolution. God made man in his image (Gen 1:26).
Man was blessed by God and had the wisdom to tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea (Jas 3:7).
Therefore man calls himself “the spirit of all creatures.”
The important thing we need to know is that when the life of man comes to an end, his body dies and his soul will left the body. i.e. the soul does not vanish with the body.
Where do we go after death?
Is the soul of man still conscience after death?
Yes. The following is biblical evidence:
1. After death, Lazarus was taken away by angels – his soul could still be comforted (Lk 16:25)
2. After death, the rich man who was in hell, still experienced pain (Lk 16:23-24), and he recalled what he had enjoyed while living. He also thought of his five brothers in the world, whom he hoped would repent lest they also enter torment (Lk 16:28). The sense of torment is evidence of consciousness.
3. The soul of those who had been leaders while living could be “roused” and speak (Isa 14:9-10). After death, all their souls became weak. Job 26:5 says, “The dead are in deep anguish, those beneath the waters and all that live in them.” So souls exist after death and are conscious (Prov 9:18, 21:16).
4. The souls of those who had been killed for testifying to God could still cry out in a loud voice, “How long, sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” (Rev 6:10)
5. After the soul leaves the body, it has the feeling of being with the Lord (2 Cor 5:8). “Today you will be with me in paradise.” (Lk 24:43) Therefore Paul considered it better by far to be with the Lord (Phil 1:23).
After death, man will need to face the consequence of his sins. What is sin?
The following is an analysis of the nature of sin:
1. The origin of sin: It is inherited from the ancestors of mankind, from birth. “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” (Ps 51:5)
2. The nature of sin: “Every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.” (Gen 8:21) “The heart is deceitful above all things, and beyond cure.” (Jer 17:9) “Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward and speak lies.” (Ps 58:3) “God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes.” (Eccl 7:29)
3. Sinning: To do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are gossipers, slandering, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful, inventing ways of doing evil, disobeying parents, being senseless, faithless, heartless and ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practise them.” (Rom 1:28-32) “…gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.” (Eph 2:3)
The power of sin, like a deadly sting, causes all to die (1 Cor 15:56). It is like serious illnesses killing everyone (Lk 5:31-33).
Like a heavy burden, it weighs down everyone (Mt 11:28).
Where do we go after death?
Hebrews 9:27 (New Kings James Version)
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”
The dead body knows nothing and returns to the dust, which has no part in anything that happens under the sun (Eccl 9:5-6).
But the soul does not vanish with the body. Instead, it goes to its eternal home (Eccl 12:5-7).
But when man sins are not forgiven, man will fall short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23) and will then be judged base on his sins. And the soul will be cast into eternal hell (Mark 9:43-48)
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