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A Growing Opposition to the Doctrine of Hell

thinking became very much dualistic in its view of man. A
person is composed, according to this view, of material,
extended, substance (body) and immaterial, non-extended,
substance (mind). The soul is the imperishable element that is
housed in a bodily prison. Therefore, when western man hears
the term 'soul,' he thinks of that element of himself that is
confined within his body that is destined to live forever. The
presentation of 'soul' in the Hebrew Old Testament is quite
different however...the Old Testament presents man as an
'animated body' which is a 'complex of parts, drawing life and
activity from a breath-soul, which has no existence apart from
the body'" Magnolia Bible College 1984 Lectures, Page 48 and
49. (Church of Christ).
8. CURTIS DICKINSON: "There is not one scripture to support
the idea that man is an immortal soul living for the moment in
a temple of clay, and that when the body dies the man goes on
living...It might come as a surprise to some to know that the
term immortal is never used in scripture in connection with
soul or man's spirit" "What The Bible Teaches About
Immortality And Future Punishment," Page 8 and 9. (Church of
Christ).
9. ELIAS SMITH: Also one of the best know-preachers and
writers in the church of Christ. Often referred to as "Elder"
Elias Smith. "This year, in June, my attention was called to
think of the real state of the wicked after the last judgment.
Before this time, I had taken for truth the old pagan doctrine
of 'eternal misery' for the wicked. In June, 1804, being in Mr.
Holmes' bookstore, in Boston, I asked him if he had any new
publications. He handed me Evan's Sketch. On opening the
book my eyes first fixed on the word, 'destructionists.' I read
one page, and concluded, people who held the wicked would
be destroyed, were in strange error, as no such thing ever
before entered my mind. I bought the book. Often after that
the destruction of the wicked would pass through my mind,
though I supposed eternal misery was recorded in the Bible. In
April 1805, I concluded one day to take my Bible and
concordance, and find eternal misery, and not have my mind
any longer troubled about destruction. I examined the words
misery, miserable, and miserably; and found there was not one
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