That does not deny the distinction between body and soul in man. If God breathed a living soul into man’s body, then man’s body is a distinct thing, and man is rightly said to possess both a body and a soul. To say that a man is a living soul is but to use a figure of speech, alluding to the complete thing by the name of its principal part. A man’s saying that he intends to take sail for Europe does not prove that the boat is a sail and that it has not got a sail. The immortality of the soul and its distinction from the body are obvious in Scripture. Thus we read, “The souls of the just are in the hand of God. The torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die.” Wisd. III., 1-2. Christ said, “Fear not them that kill the body but are not able to kill the soul.” Matt., X., 28. If body and soul were not separate things one could not be killed without the other. St. Paul remarks, “While we are in the body we are absent from the Lord.” II. Cor. V., 6. When he was out of the body he expected to be present to the Lord. But if the soul is dead it is present to no one. Again, he desired that the union of body and soul should be dissolved in order that he might be with Christ—a thing he declared to be far better. Philip. I., 23. Or again, in Heb. IX., 27, “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after this the judgment.” Judgment follows death, and the dead body not being able to give an account of itself then, it is the living soul, which experiences judgment
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The Case for Catholicism - Answers to Classic and Contemporary Protestant Objections
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