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 testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"
This verse cannot be used to support the doctrine of the immortal soul as we have shown that the Bible says very clearly, in several places, that the dead cannot speak, or have any thought or memories. The Holy Spirit, who is the real Author of the Bible, cannot contradict Himself. The correct way to understand this scripture is to understand Romans 4:17, which we have quoted above. God is simply speaking out on behalf of the dead martyrs as if they are already resurrected and alive.
Perhaps the most quoted scriptures used to support the belief in the immortal soul are those written by Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians and Philippians. So let us examine these in detail.
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