First, it is important to answer the question, “What is death?” Very simply, death is separation. The Bible speaks of three types of separation: physical, spiritual, and eternal.
- Physical death is the separation of body and soul. “The dust [the body] returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit [the soul] returns to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
- Spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God. “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).
- Eternal death is the separation of the soul from God’s presence and blessings forever in hell. “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels’ ” (Matthew 25:41).
Evaluate the statement: “This life is hell!”
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Author: David Scharf
Volume 107, Number 06
Issue: June 2020