The Myth Of Spiritual Death

Webster's dictionary defines myth as “a thing having only an unverifiable or imaginary existence.” How fitting, then, to refer to this widely accepted concept of spiritual death as a myth. Over thirty years ago, I came to a place of understanding where the concept seemed to fit the events of the Garden of Eden. Admittedly, I never really challenged the teaching. Today, most Christian believers have accepted spiritual death as the fulfillment of God's warning to Adam and Eve: “For in the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17).

And if spiritual death is a reality, then the requirements that Jesus told Nicodemus to be “born again to see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3) seem to fit as well. Man has spiritually died and now needs to be born again of the spirit. With our limited intellect, we simply love to have everything figured out, boxed up, and placed on the shelf.

For the believer, as you spend time in the Word of God, you soon realize that much is unclear and most is left to faith. Thankfully, there are times when the person of the Holy Spirit speaks a nugget of truth into our spirits and a clearer revelation bursts forth.

Perhaps you will find nothing new in this discourse; perhaps it will shake up your theology just a bit. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will illuminate your spirit to the truth of what was really lost in the garden transgressions and what Jesus Christ requires of each of His disciples. Secondly, that you will discover God's intentions for the marriage relationship. And finally, stir your spirit to more diligently and prayerfully study your Bible, like the Bereans found in the book of Acts, and “search the Scriptures daily whether those things be so” (Acts 17:11 KJV).

--Barry L. Nehls



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