What happens when someone dies? This is a question which at some time most of us may think about. The answer will probably be influenced by your religious beliefs. For some those beliefs will include a belief that on death they continue living in the form of another person or animal which possesses their spirit. This was one of the earliest ways by which man tried to convince himself that death is not as final as it appears.
Yet the Bible clearly teaches that on death all consciousness ceases and an individual’s breath or life force returns to God.
“Surely God will never do wickedly, nor will the Almighty pervert justice. Who gave Him charge over the earth? Or who appointed Him over the whole world? If He should set His heart on it, if He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust” (Job 34:12-15).
“You hide your face, they are troubled; you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust” (Psalm 104:29).
“His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish” (Psalm 146:4).
“Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
This means that the human life force is not free to possess another living creature, be it a person or an animal, so that their personality continues through them. Likewise, the Bible makes clear that different living creatures have differing natures; thus humans and animals are different, and consequently there can be no possibility of any kind of cross over taking place.
“So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good . . . Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so . . . Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Gen 1:21,24,26).
“All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds” (1 Corinthians 15:39).
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(Quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible)