Scripture states souls are mortal

To the editor:

A good father doesn’t give his son a loaded shotgun to play with after the boy throws a rock through a window.

Our heavenly father didn’t give humans immortality from the tree of life after Adam and Eve sinned. Spiritual maturity must be developed first in all of us.

God isn’t cruel. He didn’t create immortal souls to torture forever when they fail to attain salvation.

“The soul that sins shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4) Souls can die because they are not immortal.

The King James Version inconsistently translates “Hades.” It correctly renders it as “the grave,” but also as “hell,” which is never correct.

Paul said unrepentant sinners “suffer the punishment of eternal destruction.” (2 Thess. 1:7-9) It is eternal because it is from God and is final.

Hades (the grave) is the temporary first death. Gehenna (lake of fire) is the permanent second death from which there is no resurrection.

Gehenna (Geh Hinnom in Hebrew) is where bodies of the executed criminals were burned (cremated), not tortured. That wasn’t done when they were alive.

Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice…and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish…” (John 10:25-28)

Why give us eternal life if we already have it in our “immortal souls?” Even Luther wondered about that.

The dead are asleep. Jesus said, “No one has ascended into heaven but the son of man.” (John 3:13) Peter said that David “did not ascend into the heavens.” (Acts 2:34)

Souls of dead martyrs are given temporary consciousness (Rev. 6:9-10), then told “to rest a little longer” until others are martyred (verse 11). Those souls “sleep in the dust of the earth” until the resurrection (Dan 12:2).

Robert Kohtala