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Soul Sleep


The Watchtower, April 15, 1973, p. 231

"So when your soul dies, you die, you cease to have conscious existence. The Bible repeatedly speaks of the soul as dying. But are there not at least some scriptures that could be understood as suggesting the possibility of man's having an immortal soul? No. Interestingly, even Bible scholars who are not Jehovah's witnesses have reached this conclusion on the basis of their study."

Is This Life All There Is?, 1974 ed., p. 5

"The Scriptural evidence is unmistakably clear that man does not have an immortal soul but is himself a soul."

Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985 ed., p.375

"Definition: In the Bible, 'soul' is translated from the Hebrew ne'phesh and the Greek psy·khe'. Bible usage shows the soul to be a person or an animal or the life that a person or an animal enjoys. To many persons, however, 'soul' means the immaterial or spirit part of a human being that survives the death of the physical body. Others understand it to be the principle of life. But these latter views are not Bible teachings."

Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life, 1995 ed., p. 80-81

"The ancient Greek philosophers Socrates and Plato held that there must be something inherently immortal inside man and womana soul that survives death and never really dies. Earth wide, millions believe this today. This belief often engenders as much fear of the dead as it does concern for their welfare. The Bible teaches us something quite different about the dead."

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