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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Henry M Morris on the Sensual Nature of Disembodied Spirits


I have in my library the book The Revelation Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Prophetic Book of the End of Times[i] by Henry M. Morris – a commentary on the final book of the bible and a sort of bookend companion piece to his similarly named commentary on Genesis.  And it is a howler, ridiculousness on nearly every page, far too many to share them all...
                                                                                                                                                                   
It’s billed as a “scientific” commentary, but, to be honest, there’s very little actual science.  There is, however, a good deal of science fiction and much fantasy.  Take this example of his science-fiction/fantasy (or speculative fiction, if you prefer) commentary on Revelation 20: 14 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death,” offered without comment:

“Even disembodied souls seem to be recognizable in terms of their earthly identities.  Note the remarkable descriptions of the dead in Sheol in Ezekiel 31 and 32, as well as Isaiah 14.  That being so, such spirit bodies also may possess spirit senses and are [sic] capable of experiencing feelings analogous to those they possessed in the flesh.  We obviously have little understanding of such things, having no instrumentation with which to measure degrees of pain or pleasure experienced by persons who are without their physical bodies…”[ii]




[i] Morris, Henry M. The Revelation Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Prophetic Book of the End of Times Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Wheaton IL, 1983
[ii] Page 432

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