DOES THE SOUL DIE WITH THE BODY
The Civil Writer Magazine
The difference between a mortal and immortal soul is basically that a mortal soul is one that perishes when it separates from the body otherwise known as physical death. The immortal soul is eternal and continues to live as some believe. Why should the soul live on after the body is deceased is the question? Is it to uphold the Christian doctrine of a heaven or hell when the soul separates from the body. Without the concept of heaven, hell, and reincarnation the soul has no place to go. Does it die with the body or go back to God.
The soul, in some religious, philosophical, and mythological traditions, states that the soul lives on earth, reincarnation. Both Old and New Testaments insist upon the immortality of the soul under one exception, Ezekiel 18: 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The soul serves no other purpose than to give life to the body. The four bodies brought back to life by Elijah, Peter, Paul and Jesus seems to indicate that the soul remains in the body or at the grave for an undetermined amount of time. Maybe the miracles of Elijah, Peter, Paul and Jesus are clouding what really happens to the soul because under normal circumstances with no medical assistance for hours the body remains dead and starts to decay within hours.
When someone dies, a non beating heart decays first followed by the liver, then the kidneys and pancreas an hour later. Skin, tendons, heart valves and corneas will still be alive after a day. White blood cells, which are more independent, can keep going for almost three days.
Does the soul hang around for a few minutes or maybe an hour? At a minimum the soul can remain for a few minutes because the resuscitation of a stopped heart can take a few minutes.
Without the concept of heaven, hell, miracles, reincarnation the soul possibly dies with the body because it no longer serves a purpose for the body or God. Why put a used engine in a new car.