First we must understand "why" death exists, and the Bible clearly tells us: "the wages of sin is death." [ ROM 6:23 ] So SIN is responsible for bringing DEATH into our world. Here's how it happened. In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, it's told that God created our world in six days, and He rested on the seventh day. Into this perfect world God placed Adam and Eve, the first two human beings. They were perfect in health and stature, for they were made in God's own image. And they would have lived eternally, had they not chosen to disobey God. Note that after God created something He always said "it was good." That was up until the point man came about. God's foreknowledge knew that man would sin. Remember the serpent "ye shall not surely die..." Adam and Eve aren't alive now, so already we know Satan is a liar. God told Adam and Eve that they could live eternally on ONE condition: If they obeyed. God was NOT playing dictator here; he was giving them rules that would perserve them and keep them well. As a creator he knew these things. Just as your parents said "don't play in a busy street" they were trying to keep you from getting hit by a car, and when they wouldn't let you eat dessert and nothing else, they were regulating your body chemistry to keep you in good health. "Obedience". Their entire existence hinged upon obedience to God. Adam and Eve were given only one very simple restriction: DO NOT EAT OF THE FRUIT OF ONE CERTAIN TREE IN THEIR GARDEN OF EDEN. [ GEN 2:17 -- "For in the day that you eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Die that day? No. So Satan looked like he knew what he was talking about. From that day on they had marked a date of death for themselves, yes. Satan told a half-truth by twisting God's words and their perception of them. ] Incidently, no where does it mention that the fruit of the tree was an apple. This is part of those simplified children's stories; speculation has it that the fruit was similar in nature to an apricot (though this doesn't mean it was an apricot). But Even decided to take the word of the serpent over God's word. She are the FORBIDDEN FRUIT. And Adam ate also, and mankind began its rollercoaster ride into the grave. Adam and Eve were now separated from God. They were cut off from their creator, the giver of life. Eternal life was removed, and their bodies began to age and slip into the darkness of a world without God's blessings. "...for dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return." [ GEN 3:19 ] Our world became a world of sin... a world where death awaits us all. "Werefore, as by one person sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned..." [ ROM 5:12 ] But what happens to us when we die? Many believe that the SOUL of man is IMMORTAL -- but is this correct? Is this belief supported by scripture? Many have come to accept the PAGAN BELIEF that a good person's "soul" goes floating up to heaven when he DIES. There we turn into angels and play harps and sit on clouds... this is yet another lie, with no scriptual foundation that is designed to make heaven look like a really boring place. Angels we are taught are a different kind of being, and when we eventually do make it to heaven we will be above the angels and end up judging them. The words "soul" and "spirit" are used more than 1,600 TIMES IN THE BIBLE, but NOT ONE TIME are either given any life or personality or wisdom or knowledge when they are separated from the body. The word "soul" in the Bible usually means A PERSON, a "LIVING BEING." [ see LEV 5:2; 26:6; 7:18-25; 7:12,15 ] Sometimes it means "life" [ JOB 12:10 ], and sometimes it means the "mind" or the "intellect." [ PSA 139:14 ] When someone says, "Oh, you pour soul," they are not talking about a ghostly part of you, they are refering to the whole you. It is totally unscriptural to think that "the physical body can die, but our souls can never, ever die"... "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." [ EZE 18:4 ] Here we see an example of soul meaning person. Die. That's what the Bible says about souls. The "soul" of man, by itself, DOES NOT naturally possess IMMORTALITY. There is no use of the phrase "immortal soul" in the Bible. "Immortal" is used ONLY ONCE in scripture, and it applies NOT TO MAN, but to "THE ONLY WISE GOD." [ 1 TIM 1:17 ] There's no need to waste time looking in the Bible for a text saying that man has an "immortal soul," because there isn't one. "The King of kings, and Lord of lords... only hath immortality." [ 1 TIM 6:15-16 ]