Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Genesis 3:22 - 24
In Strong’s Concordance the word ‘forever’ [`owlam] corresponds to Strong’s Number H5769 and occurs 439 times in the Old Testament records of the KJV according to Strong's concordance.
Conceptual meanings of ‘forever’ [`owlam] (depending on the context):
1. Main concept is of continual or continuing, enduring, unceasing, unending duration. The focus is on the intended duration.
2. Perpetual duration, long duration, limitless duration, non terminating duration.
3. Of permanence, everlasting.
And the serpent saith unto the woman, `Dying, ye do not die,
Genesis 3:4 (YLT)
‘..... you shall surely die’
The corresponding counter argument or statement of the Serpent as a proxy for Satan would be:
‘..... you surely will not die’
rather than the deceitfully twisted translation by all the Bible translators:
‘..... you will not surely die’
While Genesis 3:4 and also verse 5 would read (as more accurate rendered in NASB):
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’
Some of the concepts covered in this one verse are as below:
2. GOD’s great love.
3. The world.
4. GOD’s giving as in ‘GOD gave’.
5. Only begotten.
7. The term ‘whoever’.
8. Believing in the SON.
For God(1) so loved(2) the world(3) that He gave(4) His only begotten(5) Son(6), that whoever(7) believes in Him(8) should not perish(9) but have(10) everlasting(11) life(12).
We shall not discuss all the concepts covered in this one verse but just a few key ones to illustrate that words are the encapsulation of concepts that they are used to convey in communications.
For a start let us look at the concepts encapsulated in the words ‘perish, everlasting and life’. In the simplest of context we would know as mortal men and women that we die. There is an end to our life. So whenever we encounter the word 'perish' as it relate to us, we can get the context of a ceasing of life, or of losing or loss of life.
Now contrast the phrase 'should not perish' against 'but have everlasting life.' From that context we would understand that 'perish' here refers to a cessation of life and not a forever life in the torment of hell as has been the twisted teachings of the Christmas religion. Read the book of John chapter 10 verse 28 where this concept is reinforced by a statement from JESUS.
In the New Testament Scriptures, the word 'perish' had been used in several contexts. These are: the losing or lost of something, the destruction or destroying of something, or the coming/bringing/putting to an end of something. So the primary or base concept is that of 'a cessation' or 'an ending' of possession.
'Everlasting' should need no explanation as the concept is that of forever ongoing, having no ending. Therefore, because of our mortality in that every human who had ever lived before us had died, and we in our time expect the same, we should be able to understand that it would mean that there will be no end or unending.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 18 the same word everlasting is here translated as 'eternal.' This verse contrasts it against the word 'temporary.' So we should get the idea of a permanent condition or state as oppose to a temporary condition or state. So the primary or base concept expressed in the word translated as either 'everlasting' or 'eternal' is that of a continual state, an unceasing or unending state. That is, the concept of permanence.
Yes there are a few instances where this word is left out or erroneously translated because the translators just have no idea how to fit the word into the context or subject that it qualified or described.
while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18
I hope you can see the context from the contrast of these words and get the whole picture or over riding precept of comparing life that is temporary against that which is permanent. The word translated as 'life' in the Gospel and New Testament accounts comes mostly from two main Greek words. One of these was used almost exclusively to reference a life that is permanent and was associated with the word eternal and everlasting.
The other word translated as 'life' on the other hand was used almost exclusively to reference one that pertains to the temporary, often also translated in the King James Version of the Bible as soul or breath. The concept here of this word is of a life sustained by this 'breath' or 'drawing of air into the body'.
But the Mystery Babylonian religion that originated from Nimrod's wife had got almost all of religious mankind and even many among those who are professed atheist, deceived into a 'doctrine of the immortal human soul'. In the context of the discussion here on the words 'perish', 'everlasting' and 'life', this could be termed a doctrine of the 'indestructible human soul'.
The almost universal view of religious man for thousands of years prior to the current age of scientific 'enlightenment' has being that the 'immortal' souls of wicked sinners who have died going to a purgatory of eternal punishment, whether these be of physical torture or the forever torment of a burning hell fire. As for those who have lived a pure sinless life, they would on their death ascend to the heaven to live forever where the gods are, some teachings also have that these becoming deities themselves elevating themselves solely by their perfect virtuous lives or selfless sacrifices. Further there had also been this belief of another category of afterlife for those among the less extreme who will continue their lives in another world or realm of the 'after life' neither in purgatory nor as deities.
All the Scriptures of the New Testament records consistently portrayed two primary concepts in the words translated as life in the Christian Bible; one is temporary and the other permanent. The temporary one ending at death which is the termination, cessation or ending of life and not a continuous life in a hell of eternal torment as are the doctrines that had originated from the Babylonian religions which is sourced to the first family, Adam and Eve, believing or trusting a strange talking serpent in the Garden of Eden rather than the GOD who created them.
‘ Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.... ’
More accurately translated it would say, 'You surely won't die' or 'You definitely won't die' or 'You will surely never die'.
In the doctrine of the Babylonian religions it would read, 'You have an immortal soul'. And that is what near to all the religions of the world teach because their source is the very religion that Nimrod started when he made himself a king to rule over the people leading them to rebel against their CREATOR GOD and KING (Malachi 1:14; 1 Samuel 12:12, 8:6 – 7). All these religions are built on Satan's lie.
Up until today mankind had not believed what GOD said when HE commanded Adam not to eat from that Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil,
' but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die '
They had continued on believing the lie of that serpent until this very day.
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First Posted: 2012 06 07