Nature of Man and the State of the Dead Bible Quiz

Check your knowledge about the nature of man and the state of the dead

    The Nature of Man

  1. How was man made? Gen. 2:7. What part was made of dust? The body. What was added to the body? The breath of life. What resulted? The living soul. Note 1.

  2. What three parts make up the entire man? 1 Thess. 5:23.

  3. To what did man become subject as a consequence of sin? Gen. 2:16, 17; Rom. 5:12; Ezek. 18:4.

  4. With this death waiting for each, what is man's nature? Mortal man (Job 4:17); mortal body (Rom. 6:12); mortal flesh (2 Cor. 4:11). Note 2.

  5. To what is this life compared? A vapour (James 4:14); a wind that cometh not again (Psa. 78:39); a shadow (Job 14:2).

  6. How only can mortals have immortal life? 2 Tim. 1:10; John 10:10.

  7. What then ought we to seek? Rom. 2:7.

  8. When will immortality be given? 1 Cor. 15:51-54. Note 3.

  9. When does the trumpet sound that raises the dead and change the living? 1 Thess. 4:16, 17.

  10. The State of the Dead

  11. What do all the living know? Eccles. 9:5; Heb. 9:27.

  12. What change takes place at death? Psa. 146:4; Eccles. 9:5, 6; 12:7.

  13. What can the living do? Psa. 146:2. What cannot the dead do? Psa. 115:17; Isa. 38:18, 19.

  14. In what state did Jesus say the dead are? John 11:11-14.

  15. What is death called in Psalm 13:3? Note 4.

  16. Until what time will the individual sleep? Compare Job 14:10-12, 15; Psalm 17:15 with Acts 13:36; John 5:28, 29.

Note 1. - "The expression, 'living soul,' as used in Genesis, is often taken to indicate an order of being superior to the brute, and is the text of many an argument to prove the immortality of the soul. The in-correctness of this assumption will be readily see by referring to Genesis 1:20, 21, 24, and elsewhere, in which passages the words translated 'living soul' are applied also to the entire lower creation. They are used indifferently of man and beast to express animal life in general; and it is in this light the apostle uses them (1 Cor. 15:45), as the very course of his argument shows. Adam is spoken of as a living soul, not to prove his immortality, but rather his mortality." - Dr. J. P. Lange's "Commentary" on 1 Corinthians 15:45.

Note 2. - Now "we want to know if this 'soul' or 'spirit' is immortal. The Hebrew and Greek words from which they are translated occur in the Bible . . . seventeen hundred times. Surely, once at least, in that long list, we shall be told that the soul is immortal, if this is its high prerogative. Seventeen hundred times we inquire if the soul is once said to be immortal or the spirit deathless. And the invariable and overwhelming response we meet is, NOT ONCE! Nowhere, though used so many hundred times, is the soul said to be 'undying' in its nature, or the spirit 'deathless.' Strange and unaccountable fact, if immortality is an inseparable attribute of the soul and spirit!" - Uriah Smith in "Here and Hereafter."

Note 3. - Herodotus, a Greek historian, born 484 B.C., regarded as the first and one of the most reliable secular historians, says: "The Egyptians also were the first who asserted the doctrine that the soul of man is immortal."

Note 4. - "With very few exceptions indeed, the dead sleep in utter insensibility till the day of judgment. As to purgatory itself, I do not agree with the sophists in thinking it a determinate place. Who will venture to give an assured opinion on the subject? On what authority can it be said that the souls of the dead may not sleep out of the interval between the earth and heaven and hell, or purgatory, in the same way that the living pass in profound slumber the interval between their down-lying at night and their uprising in the morning?

Note: This quiz is based on "Fundamentals of the Seventh-day Adventist Faith", 1941, British Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Watford, Bible Study No. 20, "Nature of Man and the State of the Dead".

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