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Adventists would like us to believe that what they teach is based on the Bible instead of Ellen White. Let's see if that statement is truthful.

John 3:14-16 (KJV) tells us:

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV) tells us:

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 (KJV) says:

A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

According to Seventh-day Adventist doctrine, when a person dies, they just cease to exist. They just go out like a light bulb, and cease to exist. Their breath leaves them and that's it. Poof! They're gone. Nothing but dust. No soul. No spirit. Nothing but dust.

Since it is obvious that the body dies, if a believer's soul does not live on then the promise of John 3:14-16 would be an impossibility. By their very own words, Adventists have proven their unbelief.

When you take the Adventist equation of body + breath = living soul and remove the body through death, then the breath cannot equal a living soul. It needs the body!

In other words, the soul is not asleep, it is annihilated. So, in Adventist doctrine, there is no resurrection, but rather, a recreation hence the Adventist teaching about God keeping our 'blueprints' in His mind.

In John 5:24 (KJV) Jesus promises the believer,

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Here Jesus is very clear that all who believe in Him have eternal life. Their body may die, which Ecclesiastes 7:1 tells us is better than ... the day of one's birth. Why? 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV) tells us with confidence that to be "absent from the body" is to be "present with the Lord" -- not a "nothing" until the resurrection. And what can be better than being present with the Lord? Yet Adventism would attempt to void the clear teaching of 2 Corinthians 5:8 and claim that we just turn into dust -- nothing more. That is what Atheism teaches.

At the resurrection Christ will give us new bodies. How can He give them to us if we don't exist? And if we don't exist, how can we await the resurrection?

And John 3:15-16 (KJV) tells us:

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus isn't saying that the person would eventually have eternal life, but rather that the person who believes in Him, has eternal life right then. That is the result of believing.

Adventism tries desperately to twist Scripture so they can deny this, but the Scripture clearly states that those who deny these promises will not receive eternal life. It is all about belief, not works.

 

 
Our Observation

Adventists are fond of quoting Ecclesiastes 9:5:


quote:

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Ecclesiastes 9:5 (King James Version)


Ask them to explain Ecclesiastes 7:1. Do they act like the day of death is better than the day of one's birth?:

quote:

A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. Ecclesiastes 7:1 (King James Version)


It is good to keep in mind the context of this book:

quote:

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 (King James Version)
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.


Adventists have perfected the art of yanking verses out of context ("proof-texting") to make the Bible appear to say anything that they want it to.
 
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