Tuesday, May 05, 2009

SOUL SLEEP

SOUL SLEEP

I've never been one to circumvent or powder coat what I believe is the truth, especially
when it comes to God's Word. The teaching of soul sleep brings on one of those
occasions.
I have been wrong in the past and will be wrong in the future, but I believe God will send
someone to correct me using His Word (all, not selected parts) or He will correct me
directly.
Although there are many things that can be argued and discussed without causing a lost
person to continue to damnation or that wouldn't cause a young Christian to stumble, the
philosophy of death into soul sleep into a chance to repent (after death) and ending in
non-existence isn't one. This combined philosophy reminds me of Gen 3:3-4. Is this is
what is referenced in 2 Thes 2:11? I don't know, you judge for yourself.
The teaching of this philosophy will send many to Hell, for it attempts to abolish
punishment and IMO makes little the Work of Jesus Christ.
The God of the Bible is a loving, righteous and just God. All three attributes are equally
found in God, not just one. It is so easy to want to believe that God is only a loving God,
but that is wrong. He is also righteous and just or He would not have had to send His son
to die for your sins and mine. He is righteous in that He requires payment for sin (Rom
6:23). He is just in that the only payment He could accept is a perfect payment (Rom
5:11), and you and I cannot make that payment no matter what (Isa 64:6). That includes
entering into non-existence.
Bottom line, all sin must be paid for by the shedding of blood (Heb 9:22) and separation
from God (Mark 15:34). It's either paid for now, by Jesus' blood and His separation from
God on the Cross of Calvary; or if you reject that now while alive, it will be paid for after
death in Hell.
Show me in the Bible where the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, John, Paul and the other
saints would even allow this, let alone create this.
A man rapes and murders little girls from 18 months to 18 years old (this happened in the
United States this week – an 18 MONTH old baby - GOD forgive America). When this
man goes to court he will is asked to swear by God to tell the truth. He replies I wouldn't
put my hand on that @#$ %^%$#$ ^%$#$% ^&%&$ #$@! Book. He continues saying, I
don't believe that #$#% ^%$% @#$%%%$ exists and if He does He is a #$%$ ^ &^%$
#$% God. His last words before execution are to blaspheme God, then he is executed;
his sleep begins.
From then until the resurrection he sleeps, dreaming of all the things he can do to little
girls. Oh yes, one dreams while asleep. The unconscious part of soul sleep is put there
through misinterpretation of scripture to make it more acceptable IMO. I'm not
unconscious or non-existent when I'm sleeping, are you? Don't you dream and pray? If
one is going to throw out Eccl 12:7, Mat 12:40 (referencing Jonah 2:1), Luke 16, Rev 6
and so many other verses and replace them with literal soul sleep, you must use all of
sleep including the dreams.
After countless dreams (maybe one with 70 virgins) the Resurrection comes and low-inbehold
the sinner awakes. He either looks around and says this is pretty good place, I'll
stay. Jesus, I guess you are real after all and I should ask you to forgive me before you
cast me into the lake of fire. He bows down before Jesus with a smile on his face. Now
everything is OK, because He is a God of love only.
Or the sinner continues on and blasphemes Jesus to His face. Then Jesus makes him bow
down and confess Jesus is God and savior, after which Jesus just zaps him into
nothingness. Odd isn't it, to be awakened from nothingness only to be sent to
nothingness?
I'm sorry, but I just don't see this God in the Christian bible.
Revelation is still in the bible. Man can allegorize it away, but God did not.
Re 14: 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man
worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without
mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone
in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest
day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of
his name.
Re 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone,
where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever
and ever.
Re 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Re 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and
whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake
which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death
YBIC,
Ken

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