What do you think this means? "Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord... We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord." 2 Cor 5:6-8 (NIV)
The Seventh-day Adventist Church teaches that the spirit which returns to God at death is just breath or life force. It is linked with the teaching of soul sleep, also called "the state of the dead." Annihilation is a related belief. Adventists feel that giving up these beliefs will result in deception from the enemy. Is soul sleep a false doctrine, or are Christians wrong when they quote Paul saying, "Away from the body, at home with the Lord"? Are they in danger for believing in the immortality of the soul?
The study on "Spirit" (linked below under "Spirit") explores the essence of the human spirit as it relates to the state of the dead, soul sleep, annihilation, and the immortality of the soul all supported by Ellen White. A correct understanding of our human spirits has an important impact on our communion with God - Who IS Spirit. It can also remove from us the fear of death. The first chapter is a story about someone you may know.
"Revelation Song" Kari Jobe:
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