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Who are the Christadelphians?

An Apostolic Fellowship

The Name "Christadelphians"

A Distinctive Foundation

The Whole Bible

God, Creator and Father

The Vital Earth

Israel in God's Purpose

Promises to the Patriarchs

The Truth about Mankind

Man is Mortal

The Nature of Jesus

Son of God not God the Son

The Devil and Satan

The Good News

Baptism

The Kingdom of God

When Christ Comes...

The Life of Discipleship

Peace of Mind

Man is Mortal

Why does human nature behave like this? Because, says the Bible, the first human beings having been presented with a free choice, preferred to please themselves and to reject the clear command of God. It was an act of rebellion which the Bible calls sin. Its consequence was mortality, the condition in which all human life ends naturally in death. We die because we are mortal. If left to ourselves, we "perish" (to use the Bible phrase) - that is, we cease to exist. The dead lie unconscious in the grave; they suffer no pain, but "sleep in the dust of the earth" (Daniel 12:2). The widespread idea that man possesses an "immortal soul" and goes on living after death (usually "in heaven") is definitely not a Bible teaching. The Church of England Commission which produced in 1945 its report Towards the Conversion of England, stated clearly that the idea of the immortal soul "owes its origin to Greek, not the Bible, sources" (page 23). The theory was early absorbed into the teaching of the Church from paganism, and is an important example of a number of changes in original Christian beliefs made over the centuries.

But there is hope. The grave need not be the end for us, as we shall see.

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