The soul is never born nor dies at any time

Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The soul is never born nor dies at any time. The soul has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. The soul is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. The soul is not slain when the body is slain…As a human being puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.

(Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 20, 22)

This is the Hindu belief of the eternal soul. It contradicts the Biblical teaching:

it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9.27)

They cannot both be true. At least one, logically, is false.


4 Responses to “The soul is never born nor dies at any time”

  1. Z Says:

    Isn’t the soul immortal?
    What does it mean to die? If the soul dies what is judged?

    • soulangler Says:

      The Christian hope is of the resurrection of the body not so much the continued existence of the soul outside the body (1 Cor.15 etc.). However, the Scriptures also teach that at death the one who is regenerate (has repented of sin and trusted in the Christ of the Scriptures) goes to be with the Lord Jesus immediately (without waiting for the resurrection that comes later). Soul sleep is not scriptural. Luke 23.43 ‘this day…’; Rev. 6.9-11 the slain are conscious though the end of all things has not come; Phil.1.21, 23 ‘depart (die) and be with Christ’; 2 Cor.5.6,8 ‘away from the body’ is to be at home with the Lord; Acts 7.59 Stephen’s spirit is received by Jesus; 2 Pt.1.14 death is ‘putting off the body’ etc.

      At death I think the Scriptures teach that all, believers included, are judged – but believers are not under condemnation – however, our actions reverberate into eternity and so every action is of massive significance.

      Christians to be judged: Jas.2.12; 3.1; 1 Pt 1.17?; Rom.14.10,12; Heb.4.13

      Of course you should check these references to see that what I say they teach is in fact what they teach – Be a Berean Acts 17.11

      all the best! 🙂

  2. Zachariah Says:

    Yeah, I agree.
    So the only variance, though, is our’s has a beginning? And Krishna says the soul never had a beginning and wont have an end?

  3. Jim Says:

    Our soul has a beginning and is connected to the body in our experience. It is temporarily separated from the body at death to be reunited at the resurrection – this applies to the saved and damned.

    Scripture references:

    the believing dead go straight to the presence of the Lord Luke 23.43; cf. 2 Cor.5.6, 8; Acts 7.59

    Death is the ‘putting off of the body’ 2 Pt.1.14 no longer to remain in the flesh Phil.1.24

    All will be raised from the tomb Jn.5.28-29; Acts 24.15

    So the soul goes on forever in hell or heaven (Mt.25.46 – the word ‘eternal’ is the same for the two groups and parallel)

    But the Eastern idea is that the soul should escape the body because, like the ancient Greeks, they view the body as evil or a distraction from true spirituality.

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