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What is the state of the soul after death?

Submitted: 3/14/2008
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Question: If people don't have a soul that exists with independent conciousness after they die, then what is the state of the soul after death? I really want to know what you mean. Thanks.

Answer: The word translated 'soul' is nephesh, which means a breathing creature. Once a person has stopped breathing, he can no longer be called a living soul. The soul is dead. In Psalms 16:10 David said, 'For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy one to see corruption.' Peter later said that David was speaking of the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:23-28). What David was saying was that Christ would not be left in the grave long enough for His body to see corruption (to begin to decay). The term 'soul' is often used in Hebrew as a synonym for 'person' or 'myself' or simply 'me.' For example, in modern English we would say, 'You shall not leave me in the grave.' Once a person dies, he will lie in the grave without any consciousness until he is raised from the dead.