Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.


Immortal Souls

“It is He [God] alone who has immortality...” (1 Tim 6:16).

Do we have an immortal soul? No, for such a thing can't possibly be,
No, such thinking isn't biblical — but simply pagan philosophy,
For when we pass away — we’re stone dead — lock, stock and barrel — yes, totally,
As humans are a soul — they don't have a soul, which makes more sense, quite frankly.

And hence the common expression: “She’s a lovely soul” — meaning, human being,
Or conversely, “He’s a lovely soul” — for a man is also a living being.
Yes, a soul is the complete human being, not some separate entity,
For that view is purely and simply just Greek and Egyptian fantasy.

If we're mortals, we can hardly have an immortal soul, obviously,
For such would be an oxymoron — yes, something that simply cannot be.
No, such is just trying to have it both ways, when we can’t, our God has said,
Therefore, when we die, that’s it — not one part of us lives on, we remain dead.

That is, until the coming resurrection — in other words, Christ’s return,
Another fact that from the clear Word of God the receptive mind can learn.
Yes, it’s only then that the repentant to Heaven quickly wing their way,
Receive such immortality, and also, with Jesus begin their stay.

If at death the repentant believer goes to Heaven, where's the penalty?
For sin wouldn't be such a big deal, and nor Adam’s fall, effectively.
However, sin caused a separation, a separation that’ll remain,
That is, until Christ’s second coming, when then, He will end death’s horrid reign.

So, mind that you don’t go misinterpreting — as so many Christians do —
Those texts where "soul" simply means being, or where “spirit” means breath, for this is true.
Yes, "soul" is just an expression, one that simply refers to you and I,
And not to some separate entity — that at death — to Heaven can fly.

The same applies to creatures also — as Scripture classes them as souls too;
And as for the souls of amoebae flitting to Heaven — who'd hold that view?
No, such is plain nonsense, for they don’t have a soul, but in fact are a soul,
So don't go thinking that a soul's a part of them — for like us, it's them as a whole.

By Lance Landall

“The soul [person] that sinneth, it shall die…” (Ezek 18:20, KJV).
Note: Gen 3:4,24; John 8:44.

“You should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul [that person] from death...” (James 5:20).

“ ‘Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul [the person, individual, who/what we are]; rather fear Him [Christ] who can destroy both soul and body in hell [Hence the so-called ‘soul’ can’t be immortal. Hell is the ‘second death’ (Rev 21:8) — the final destruction of the wicked]’ ” (Matt 10:28).

The theory of the immortality of the soul was one of those false doctrines that Rome, borrowing from paganism, incorporated into the religion of Christendom. Martin Luther classed it with the "monstrous fables that form part of the Roman dunghill of decretals."
E. Petavel, The Problem of Immortality, page 255.

Best you read this poem in conjunction with the poem "Where Are They?".