The Resurrection and Immortality
page 79). According to those that believe as he does, this nothing but thoughts is the only
part of a person that will have eternal life in Heaven. This immaterial something that is
nothing but mental thoughts is all of you that will be in Heaven or Hell; will the person
(you) be gone and nothing but thoughts will be all that is left, then all of the “you” that
you know anything about will be forever be gone. Most that believe all are born with an
immortal “soul” have only a vague unclear understanding or even no idea of what they
believe this unknown immaterial something they believe to be in them really is, but “it”
(not themselves) is what they believe must be saved, and only “it” will be in Heaven if
they save “it,” or in Hell if they do not. The belief that everyone has an immaterial
something in them and this something, whatever this nothing but “mental thoughts” could
be, will live forever and cannot die makes it not possible for death to be the wages of sin.
If a person has something in them that is deathless, it would not be subject to the wages
of sin, which is death, and this deathless nothing could not ever be destroyed; this,
whatever it is would be, is born with eternal life, and it could never die; therefore, it
could not be resurrected from the dead.
This view has two major divisions.
1. That all mankind has a "soul" that cannot ever die or be destroyed, but for most of
mankind God will forever torment this something (this nothing but mental
thoughts) that is in a person, the immaterial something called "soul." It is strange to me
that I can find no one that believes there is a soul that is in a person that knows what a soul is. They tell me what a soul is
not, but not what they believe a soul to be; in the many books I have read, the nearest anyone has came is to say that
after the soul departs from the person it was in will be nothing but thoughts without any kind of substance.
2. Universalism: that all mankind has a "soul" that cannot ever die or be destroyed,
everyone has this something in them that will live forever, but it will be saved. If
it (the immaterial something that has no substance) is not saved in this lifetime it
will be saved after death.
VIEW TWO: The belief that the person you now are will put on immortality at the
resurrection, and it is you (not just some immaterial something in you) that will live
forever in Heaven; we, not an immaterial soul, is now in the image of Adam, we, not an
immaterial soul, will have the image of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:49). The wages of sin is
death, and the lost will die the second death, they do not now have immortality and never
will be immortal; those who do not belong to Christ will forever be destroyed after their
Most Protestant Premillennialists believe the lost will be totally destroyed, but there
are three Premillennial views that are common in Protestant churches on how or where
the lost will be destroyed.
1. A common Protestant Premillennialists belief is that the destruction of the lost
will be on this earth and the saved will forever live on this earth; no person will
ever be in Heaven. Many believe the Valley of Gehenna will be restored and the
lost will literally be burn to ashes in it.
2. Some Protestant Premillennialists believe that the saved will be with Christ in
Heaven, not on earth after the thousand years, the second death will be the end of
the lost, but they are not literally burned to ashes on this earth in the restored
Valley of Gehenna.