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YABC: The World’s Most Radical Scripture About Jesus Christ

August 21, 2013

Join us for the next YABC (Young Adult Bible Class) this Friday night, August 23, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (USA). It will be webcast live from the Ambassador Bible Center (ABC) lecture hall at the home office of the United Church of God in Milford, Ohio.

Randy Stiver YABCWatch and listen as Randy Stiver and Matthew Fenchel address “The World’s Most Radical Scripture About Jesus Christ.” This key passage strikes at the heart of the traditional doctrines of Heaven and Hell. And it destroys the entire concept of the Immortal Soul even as it gives hope of eternal life to billions whom traditional Christianity thought were lost! This radical verse trumpets the wonderful news of God’s true justice and mercy.

Login to the live webcast at http://abc.ucg.org/events/yabc-bible-study. Spread the word: teens and young adults of all ages are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Make your plans now—you won’t want to miss this fascinating YABC study!

Note: The monthly YABC is sponsored jointly by Ambassador Bible Center (ABC) Continuing Education, the ABC Alumni Association and Youth and Young Adult Services of the United Church of God, an International Association (UCGIA).

Randy Stiver—Dean of Students, Ambassador Bible Center

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1 Comment »

  1. The stated assumption here is that traditional Christianity believes in the immortality of the soul (maybe Catholics do). I respectfully agree with questioning what people have been taught in church or Sunday School and I admire UCG for doing so. I also believe both the Sunday School goers and UCG over simplify the teaching of the soul – perhaps so as to understand it, for it is mysterious, lacking clarity and is complex. However, aren’t these issues peripheral to the Gospel?

    Nevertheless even the founder of WCG, Herbert Armstrong taught that the best he could explain things was that man’s spirit returns to God when a person dies. He described it like a tape recorder returning to its Creator. I would venture to say some evangelicals might agree with that analogy, but not soul sleep. It is clear that the soul is not immortal, because as you rightly state, only God has immortality. What theologians piece together from Scripture is that the soul returns to God and is made up of the mind (the spirit), will and emotions. The big difference in the two teachings is whether a person is “alive” or conscious.

    “Alive” obviously cannot mean alive like we are here on earth with our bodies, as I Cor 15 clearly states we will be given a new spiritual body. Neither side believes that. We wait for the resurrection.

    There are plenty of Scriptures that hint at or imply that a person’s soul is conscious, though the entire person from the earthly perspective seems to “sleep.” How did Moses and Elijah appear (before the resurrection) with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration? Were they “asleep,” waken up, then put back to sleep? Why did Jesus say that God revealed Himself to Moses as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and then state that God is the God of the living and not of the dead? Doesn’t God then speak of his servants as living, though they are physically dead?

    I would join UCG in challenging all people to question what happens after death. There are plenty of warnings from Jesus and others about only few making it and many weeping and gnashing their teeth as they are sent from the judgment to everlasting condemnation. Jesus also said in John 3 that the world is condemned already. He was sent to give life, for those who receive Him. It’s appointed to man once to die and then the judgment.

    Comment by Thinking for Truth | August 31, 2013 | Reply


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