why at funeral would a jw say.....

by carla 2 Replies latest jw friends

  • carla

    In a recent post Agonus said, "I too recently attended a beloved JW elder friend's funeral. The brother giving the talk had a voice that sounded familiar, but I couldn't quite place it until he got to the recruitment part. When he reminded the audience "We do not HAVE a soul, we ARE a soul", .........."

    Why on earth would a jw quote C.S. Lewis???! here is the complete quote,

    "You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”

    Can someone explain this elders comment considering their view on the word 'soul'? thanks

  • Black Sheep
    Black Sheep

    That is what they have taught for at least the past 50 years.

    Insight, Vol 2, page 789

    Throughout the Scriptures it is evident that there is no “immaterial soul” separate and distinct from the body. The soul dies when the body dies. Even of Jesus Christ it is written that “he poured out his soul to the very death.” His soul was in Sheol. He had no existence as a soul or person during that time. (Isa 53:12; Ac 2:27; compare Eze 18:4; see SOUL.) Consequently, in the resurrection there is no joining again of soul and body. However, whether spiritual or earthly, the individual must have a body or organism, for all persons, heavenly or earthly, possess bodies. To be again a person, one who has died would have to have a body, either a physical or a spiritual body. The Bible says: “If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual one.”—1Co 15:44.

  • carla

    Oh right, right, thanks. I was thinking in the way C S Lewis felt, obviously CS Lewis did not believe the soul dies when the body dies. Senior moment on my part or something!

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