Clear Word vs Bible: State of the Dead

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This is my fourth post in a series on the Clear Word.  For the previous entry please click HERE.  I am going to switch to the English Standard Version (ESV) for a few posts on this series.  King James is my overall favorite but I don’t want to give the impression that I disregard the others.

As with my previous posts on this I am going to present some key proof-texts in the Bible on a particular topic.  This time around we are going to cover life after death.  If you are a Seventh Day Adventist or are familiar with them you know that they believe in Soul Sleep.  Specifically, they believe that when you die you simply cease to exist until the resurrection.

I have Biblically covered this topic HERE.  The focus of this post will be to discern if SDA felt the need to change anything in the Clear Word to bolster this doctrine, or if they feel that the Bible actually teaches what they believe on its own.

 

The Holy Bible

The Clear Word

“16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Cor 4:16 ESV “Because of Him we never give up.  Even though we grow weaker physically, our spiritual powers are renewed day by day”

 

Notice in the Holy Bible there is a distinction between “inner” and “outer” self.  One is wasting away and the other is being renewed.  In the Clear Word this distinction is left out altogether.  Instead of inner and outer “self” you have a physical or spiritual attribute.  This is a dramatic category shift.  It is the difference between referencing someone’s being or essence and instead referencing their emotions or hair style.

Why did the SDA need to tweak this verse at all?  Do they not believe that the Bible says what they teach?

 

The Holy Bible

The Clear Word

“6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” 2 Cor 5:6-8 ESV “That’s why we can speak with such confidence, even though we’re still living in our mortal bodies and away from the Lord.  Actually, we are not away from the Lord.  He’s here with us, not by sight, but by faith.  That’s what faith is all about.  We long to lay aside our bodies, to leave this present world, and to be at home with the Lord.”

 

The Holy Bible says that we are away from the Lord and the Clear Word says we are not.  How confusing is that?  This is because the writer seems to want to swallow up the teaching of the location of the soul being either in the Body or with the Lord by obfuscating with verbosity.  Notice he goes on about the meaning of faith and then ties leaving the body with the end of the world.  Very strange and I see no justification in the text for these additions.

 

The Holy Bible

The Clear Word

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,” Php 1:21-25 ESV “If I’m released, it will be to the glory of Christ; if I receive the death sentence, it also will be to the glory of Christ and maybe even more so.  If I could choose to live I would, and I would go right back to work for the Lord, but I don’t have that choice.  So I’ve been wrestling with mixed emotions.  On one hand, I would prefer to be sentenced to death and in the next moment of consciousness see Christ, which would be much better than staying here in this old world.  On the other hand, it’s more important for me to stay here and continue helping you.  From what I’ve heard, it sounds like I’ll be released.  Then I’ll come to help you grow in Jesus Christ and to rejoice even more in your faith”

 

Again, we see the Clear Word obfuscate the text with verbosity so that your mind loses track of all the nouns and verbs.  Second instead of “depart[ing]” his body in death like the Holy Bible says, we see that Paul is said to be speaking of the next moment of consciousness.

If the Holy Bible actually taught of a gap between death and the “next moment” why did the writer of the Clear Word feel the need to add it in?  If the Bible taught what he actually believed would it not be there already?

Why does he equate “in the flesh” to “stay here”?  It seems to me that the writer would rather have Paul be speaking of his whole being located on Earth rather than the Soul actually separating from the body.  Would SDA theology crumble if the distinction Paul taught was taken as is?

In addition to that we get extra fan fiction of Paul speculating on his release.  Why do we need this?  Is it fun to just make stuff up?

 

The Holy Bible

The Clear Word

“25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Jhn 11:25-26 ESV “Jesus looked at her and said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.  Anyone who believes in me, even though he dies, he will live.  And whoever lives and believes in me will not die forever.  Do you believe this?”

 

The difference here is more subtle.  Notice that the Holy Bible qualifies “die” as never happening.  Where as the Clear Word instead quantifies the duration you will experience death.  These ideas are complete opposites!  Jesus is telling me I will never die at all, and the Clear Word is saying I will die for a period of time but then won’t be dead any longer.

 

Sesame Stree

 

The Holy Bible

The Clear Word

“14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Thess 4:14 ESV “Jesus died and rose again; therefore, those who died believing in Him will be raised to life by God just as Jesus was.”

 

Notice in the Holy Bible, just prior to the Resurrection on the Last Day, God brings the souls of the saints with him.  It is after this text that the dead in Christ rise, no joke go read it.  This is why SDA usually start their quote of the passage after verse 14.  Notice the Clear Word omits this entirely and replaces it with the Resurrection narrative.  Why doesn’t the Clear Word speak of God bringing anyone with him like the Holy Bible does?

 

The Holy Bible

The Clear Word

 “9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Rev 6:9-10 ESV “As the Lamb revealed the events of the fifth seal, I looked and saw a sacrificial altar, and under it were the bodies of those who had died for the Lord.  They had faithfully proclaimed God’s word and had been killed because of their faith.  they were crying out for justice, saying, “Almighty God, we know that you’re faithful and true, but how much longer do we have to wait before you vindicate us and judge those who spilled our blood?””

 

In the Holy Bible we see the word “souls” and in the Clear Word we see the word “bodies”.  If SDA really believe that “souls” are bodies why change it?  Just leave it how it was if you agreed with it.

Even if you disagree with the Christian teaching of the Soul and life after death, I am sure that you would agree the Bible shouldn’t be altered either way.

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About ACTheologian

I am a layman who blogs my Biblical studies. Enjoy, please read with an open Bible and do double check with your pastor.
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2 Responses to Clear Word vs Bible: State of the Dead

  1. Wanjiru says:

    But what about verse 18?

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