Bible Q & A
Why do you teach that man does not have a
soul when Genesis 2:7 states that man became
a living soul?
This verse says exactly what we teach. It does not say man has a “soul” which resides in the body. It states that man became a living soul. Man is a soul; he does not have an immortal soul. There is a vast difference.
The Hebrew word for “soul” used in the above verse is nephesh. Nephesh can mean “a breathing creature, i.e., animal or vitality” and is also rendered in the English as “appetite, beast, body, breath, creature…man, mind, mortality.” This same Hebrew word is translated “creature” in Genesis 1:245; 2:19; 9:10, 12, 15 and 16.
is used in many places where the translators
supplied our English word “body.” Notice
Leviticus 21:11. “Neither shall he go in to any
dead body (nephesh),
nor defile himself…” A
is called a “body” in this scripture! In
Numbers 6:6; 9:6, 7, 10 and 19:13 the word
is translated into English as “dead body.”
When God breathed into Adam’s nostrils the
breath of life, He started the process of the
combining of oxygen with blood, which then
carried the oxygen to all parts of the body,
thereby imparting physical life. The life of a
human being is in his bloodstream (Lev. 17:11).
God told Noah that the life of every animal, or
was in the blood. “But flesh with the life
nephesh) thereof, which is the blood
thereof, shall ye not eat” (Gen. 9:4). Here the
word “life” comes from the same Hebrew word,
which is elsewhere rendered “soul” or “body.”
In verse 5 of Genesis, chapter 9, this same word
is used for our English word “life.” This time
the reference is to Noah and every man. Thus,
the life of man and the life of animals is the
same. Mortal life! The Bible nowhere
substantiates the belief that man has an
“immortal soul” residing in his body. The soul
is mortal. It can die (Ezek. 18:4).