Immortality and Resurrection Updated HTML version
There are two views that are commonly believed about what will happen to mankind
VIEW ONE: The belief that all have a “soul” that W. E. Vine says is nothing but “the
immaterial, invisible part of man,” (“Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary Of Old
And New Testament Words,” page 588) and Robert A. Morey says, that after the death of
the body the soul will be nothing but “mental thoughts” (“Death And The Afterlife,”
page 79), and this will be the only part of a person that will have eternal life in Heaven;
this immaterial something that is nothing but mental thoughts is all that will be in Heaven
or Hell, the person it is in will 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 something they believe to be in them to be, 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 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 it could not ever be destroyed; this something would be 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 that is in a person, the
immaterial something called "soul."
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. Many Protestant Premillennialists believe 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.