6. DEATH and the SOUL

Music: Courtesy of Brian M. Ames, The Ames Hymn Collection, " Be Thou My Vision"

Death is the great mystery. The soul is not made up of parts, therefore it cannot die. In Ecclesiastes 12:7 we find this reference to death: "And the dust returns to the earth as it once was, and the life breath [soul] returns to God who gave it." Death than is the separation of body and soul.

But, we may ask, do we really know that the dead are alive? Christ himself tells us that the dead are alive by pointing to Moses at the burning bush "when he [Moses] called the LORD the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. God is not the God of the dead but of the living. All are alive in him." (Lk 20: 37-38)

Further, at the Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah were seen talking with Christ. If they were not alive, how could they be talking to Christ?

The destiny of the soul is to be taken seriously as the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus indicates.

The Rich man had all the pleasures of this world while at his gate was a beggar named Lazarus covered with sores who longed to eat the left overs from the rich man's table but got none. They both died: Lazarus was carried by the angels into the bosom of Abraham but the rich man found himself in a place of torments. The rich man asked Abraham to send Lazarus with some water to find relief from the flames. Abraham answered that this could not be done because a great abyss separated them forever.