Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezekiel 18:4
The past few days we were taking a look at teachings in the Bible that support the existence of the soul. Today we will take a look at scriptures used to defend the position of not having a soul. These scripture examples were taking from the Jehovah Witness website who deny the existence of a soul
This scripture in my opinion doesn’t really support their position. Yes all souls belong to God as he is our Creator, and Yes God is the only one who can destroy the soul. As Jesus said “Don’t fear the one who can kill the body, fear the one who can destroy the body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28)
If anything this scripture could propose that Hell is not eternal, however I don’t think this supports the idea that we don’t have a soul. In fact I think it does the opposite and reinforces the idea that we are body and soul
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return Genesis 3:19
This is the next scripture they referenced, its referencing us returning to dust upon death. Well this is correct, our human bodies will eventually die and decompose to dust. However this does not say we cease to exist or our soul is destroyed.
Again I don’t think this really supports the idea of not having a soul. It’s a fact that we are under the curse of sin but through Christ we will receive a resurrected body
For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Ecclesiastes 9:5
The expression “The dead don’t know anything” seems to be the nail in the coffin (no pun intended) , but this is a case where we need to read the Bible in context. First off, Ecclesiastes is a poetic book and not everything in it should be taken literally. For example in Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 he states “Humans are like Animals and have no advantage over them” Now if you read this literally you would know this contradicts Gods teaching in Genesis where Man has dominion over Animals
Soloman (the author of Ecclesiastes) is making a point that we all eventually die, man and animals. When we read the Bible we need to make sure we are reading in context and not taking everything literally. For example Jesus taught “Its better to cut your hand off or rip your eye out then for your whole body to go to hell “ (Matthew 5)
Obviously Jesus is not telling us to literally cut off our body parts, Jesus is making a point to cut out our sin rather then condemn our souls for eternity. This is every common in the Hebrew literature and culture to make exaggerated or idiom claims.
Conclusion I believe there is very strong evidence that we have a soul and its eternal. There was more scriptures that support it, that I didn’t include in this series. I pray that this series brings some good thought and you continue to seek the truth in Jesus name Amen!