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Immortality and the Human Spirit
Can you know for certain that spirits exist and if they are real do they live forever?
It appears that many people are curious about the existence of ghosts, and whether or not they or real, and if they are, do they live forever? Just recently I read a very interesting question from someone wanting to know about ghosts and immortality. I just couldn’t resist writing this Hub in which I will attempt to illustrate immortality and the human spirit.
Now everybody knows someone named Gus, the guy who makes a fuss about everything but hardly accomplishes anything. There comes a time when we each must tell Gus that it is not all about us! You see, Gus is a guy who thinks that mankind is the wisest of all creation; he think he knows everything about anything that ever happened anywhere at any time. But there are some things that we simply don't know—at least we are unable to prove to Gus that we know them.
Gus is the type of guy who has to see a thing before he believes that it exists. His motto for everything is “I will believe it when I see it!” However, there is one thing that Gus failed to consider and that is, sometimes it is too late to believe because if you’ve made it to the place where you can see the thing that you didn’t previously believe, then it’s simply too late to believe. The people aboard the Titanic did not believe it could sink—they were wrong. They saw, they believed, but it was too late.
I have noted this one thing, that a lot of people discredit the Bible as a credible source of information. Why is that? Is it because they choose to believe God does not exist? Or is it just too convenient for them to live their lives without God?
All people are intelligent—at least I would like to think they are, and that means that we can all discuss things without being filled with anger or responding negatively. Now that alone makes me wonder where we acquired such qualities of intellect, since it appears that we are the only creation on earth that have this ability.
I would like to invite you to journey with me on the Bible Express and experience something that perhaps you did not know. I promise it will not be a long journey, but I must say that it is quite interesting. Oh, don’t worry, it won’t cost you anything; the trip is on me, so, get on the train and enjoy the ride.
Once we’ve boarded the train I will attempt to give you a sane answer to the question of immortality, but first we have to understand faith, as faith plays a key role in understanding the answer. What exactly is faith? Is it to believe something before you see it? Or is faith to believe only what you see?
If the Bible were a 100 mile journey then we would find the answer to the question of faith about 95 miles into our journey. One more thing: keep your thoughts to yourself until you’ve finished the journey. So, here we go… everybody hold on!
Mile 93, 94, 95… here we are; we’ll make this our first stop. Where are we you might ask? We are at the terminal, that is, the Book of Hebrews, and we are about to explore the 11th chapter of this marvelous book of faith, verses 1-3.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
God has just answered two of our major concerns right here.
1st concern: What is faith? According to what we have just read, we know that faith is a substance—although it is invisible, it is still a substance. Faith is the stuff that our dreams are made of. The way you know you have faith is when you present your faith—that invisible substance—as evidence of the things you cannot see to those who do not believe when you say that you see them.
2nd concern: What evidence can you offer as proof of your faith? Faith—that invisible substance, is all the evidence you need to understand that God made all the things we see, things like trees, mountains, water, animals, people, stars, planets, and galaxies, out of this invisible substance called faith. Because of faith, we understand how God made something from nothing.
While we’re here lets cross over to the other side of the track to terminal, I mean, verse 6: “…He who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Perhaps this is where Gus is getting hung up; it has to do with believing that there is a God. Before we can experience faith or anything else of a spiritual nature, we must believe in the existence of God. We must also believe that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him; in other words, He will give us answers to those things we do not know if we simply ask Him.
So Gus, just because you don’t see something, doesn’t mean that it does not exist. Don’t make such a big fuss Gus, because it really is real! Okay, just hold on Gus, we’re getting to the spirit part, but first, everybody back on the train, we’re going back to the 90 mile marker to the terminal marked: the Book of John, chapter 4, verse 24, Anyway, I’m getting thirsty and the water there is cold and refreshing. Check this out, the sign on the fountain reads: “God is Spirit…” So, spirits really do exist! The sign read: “God is Spirit…” God is not a spirit, but He is the essence of spirit. Now that is really a cool drink of water.
Just two more stops before we end this journey, so everybody please, take your seats on the train as we travel to the 93 mile marker. See those two buildings over there! The one on the left is where we are going. It is the terminal, I mean, the Book marked 1 Corinthians; we’re going to the 2nd floor—the 2nd chapter really. Now that we’ve entered the building, everybody please, follow me, this is where we’re going to eat. I’ve eaten here on several occasions and believe me when I say the food is very digestible and also good for the soul!
Note the signs on the wall as we walk down the hall:
“For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:11
So there we have it again… I hope you’re taking this in Gus. We each have a spirit and so does God. I believe the reason Gus is having a difficult time receiving this revealed truth is because he is trying to understand it with his mind. After all, Gus is the kind of guy who thinks mankind is the wisest of all creation and that he knows everything about anything that happened anywhere at any time. Now Gus is an intelligent guy, and I know he wouldn’t have a problem understanding the sign just up ahead, it reads:
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
That’s got to be it! The reason Gus finds the whole concept of the Bible to be complicated, irrational and nonsense is because he is a natural man. Gus uses his natural mind to calculate and conclude everything. But according to God, who is incapable of lying, and who knew Gus before Gus knew himself, foreknew that Gus would never believe spiritual things because he uses the discernment of his brain rather than his spirit.
Now that we have finished our meal, let us once again board the train. We have just one more stop before we complete this journey. It will take us just a little bit longer to arrive at this next stop, but the scenery is outstanding. We have to travel 93 miles back to the beginning—to where it all began—to the Genesis station. While we’re in route you might want to take a nap to kinda help you digest that last meal. All aboard!
Well, here we are! Isn’t this a beautiful place? It’s the Garden of Eden—the Garden of God. Before we exit the train I’m going to ask everyone to please stay together and do not veer off the pathway; this is a large garden and I don’t want anyone to get lost or left behind. This way please.
Ever wonder where you came from, or how you came to be you, rather than somebody’s pet? Well wonder no more; the answer is written on that huge stone just up ahead:
“…God created man in His own image… And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” Genesis 1:26 and 2:7
Imagine this awesome moment if you can, God—the Father of spirits, forming a lifeless replica of Himself with His own hands, out of clay, as a potter would form a pot or a cup. And when He was satisfied that He had an exact replica of Himself, He breathed His Spirit into the lifeless statue and it became alive.
And now to answer the question, “Are spirits immortal?” God is immortal and He is the Father of spirits. When God breathed into the lifeless form of the man the man also became a living spirit, and since the man is created in the likeness and image of God, it means that he too is immortal—not his body, but his spirit. The body we see is not who we are. We are a spirit that lives in the body that God fashioned from the dust of the ground.
I hope this has been a pleasant journey as we prepare to return to our daily lives. I would like to thank each of you for traveling on the Bible Express. Remember, you are created in the image of God who is the Father of Spirits, you are not your body, and like God, your spirit is immortal.