Seventh Day Adventist Soul Sleep & Hell






1a The Scope of the Doctrine: Commonly held doctrine by many groups

2a The Statement of the Doctrine

1b Nothing about man is inherently immortal therefore when man dies

1c His body returns to the earth

2c His soul passes from existence

1d The “spirit” of man that returns to God is nothing more than the “breath of God” or “life” which God places in all mankind

2d The living soul comes from the joining of the physical body with the breathe of life – when these are separated the passes away (Gen. 2:7) – living soul is a living human being

2b Man will become immortal only after the resurrection if he is found to be one of the true believers of the investigative judgment (all the rest are resurrected and thrown in the Lake of Fire where they burn up

3b But what distinction does this make between man and animals?

1c According to this what makes man different from all other beings? (Gen. 9:12-16; Psa. 104:29)

2c The biblical model places man higher than animals because His soul is in the image of God and separate and above the body that houses it (2 Cor. 5:1-4)

3a The Evaluation of the Doctrine

1b Argument #1: “No where in all of God’s book is the spirit given any life, wisdom, or feeling after a person dies”

1c The account of Lazarus and the richman (Luke 16:22-30)

2c Paul’s desire (2 Cor. 5:8-9; Phil. 1:21-23): to be present with the Lord

3c The resurrection (1 Thes. 4:13-17)

4c Testimony of John: dead souls speaking in heaven during the tribulation (Rev. 6:9-10)

5c Testimony of Peter (1 Pet.3:18-20)

2b Argument #2: This is the only way a soul can die

1c Based on a faulty understanding of Death as it is described in the Scriptures is not the passing from existence but a separation

1d Physical death is the separation of the body and the soul (James 2:26)

2d Spiritual death is separation from God (2 Thes. 1:9)

2c Death of the spirit is therefore separation from God

3b Argument #3: Death is called sleep (John 11:11-14; 1 Thes. 4:14; 1 Cor. 11:30)

1c Euphemism that is, “The act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive.”

2c For example to say one must use the bathroom or rest room

4b Argument #4: God condemns those who teach that the dead are alive (Lev. 20:27)

1c This has to do with mediums and wizards who believed that not only were spirits alive after death but could be contacted and wandered the streets

Lev 20:27, “A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.” (KJV)

2c It was not their belief in the immortality of the soul that God was condemning but their worship

5b Argument #5: a person does not receive immortality until the resurrection (1 Cor. 15)

1c Immortality or life everlasting begins at salvation (John 3:16; Rom. 6:23)

2c 1 Cor. 15 addresses the immortality of the body not the soul (1 Cor. 15:35ff)


1a The Statement of the Doctrine

1b There is no eternal punishment for Satan, his angels, or unbelievers

2b All the unbelieving dead will be resurrected from the dead and consumed in a world wide fire

2a The Support of the Doctrine

1b Support #1: II Th 1:8, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:” (KJV) – it should be noted that they leave out verse nine which indicates that this judgment is eternal

2b Support #2: Psalm 145:20, “The LORD preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.” (NKJ) This does not mediate against an eternal destruction (2 Pet. 2:17; Jude 13; Rev. 14:10-11; 20:10)

3b Support #3: Psalms 92:7

1c They read this “It is they that shall be destroyed”

2c In their attempts to prove their point they leave out “forever”

3a The Refutation of the Doctrine

1b The Scriptures teach an everlasting punishment (Isa. 66:24; Matt. 10:28; 18:8; 2 Thes. 1:9; Rev. 20:10)

2b There is little if any motivation to be saved: they will a momentary pain and they are gone for all eternity – pass out of existence and memory – in light of the troubles of this life that appears not to be a alternative

3b There is no reason to resurrect the dead from annihilation, judgment, and than annihilation

4b There is no purpose for judgment – all receive the same judgment

5b The worldwide fire takes place before the resurrection of unbelievers not after (Rev. 20:11 with 2 Peter 3:7, 10-12)