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Did God create man with a spiritual essence known as an immortal SOUL? Where is this taught in the BIBLE? What exactly IS man?
God made man in his own image, but not of the same substance that he possesses. Our Creator is composed of spirit and is eternal. Humans were made, however, out of the ground or organic substance that constitutes the earth. Adam only became a "living being" (but not an immortal soul) when God breathed life into him (Genesis 2:7).
Shortly after the creation of the first two humans, God allowed Satan to tempt them. Eve told the devil that her and Adam were instructed not to eat or touch any of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil's fruit or else they would DIE (Genesis 3:2-3). Satan's response was that they would NOT die (verse 4)!
Now, IF man were given an immortal soul that lives on after death - meaning that he continues to live except in another form - then one has to admit the devil told Eve something true! God's judgment of Eve would then not be righteous since part of what she did was choose to believe the truth! However, if humans did NOT possess something that remains conscious after death, then the devil LIED to Eve regarding the consequences of taking the forbidden fruit.
Here is something more to consider. After his creation had sinned, God's justification for casting them out of the Garden was "lest he (Adam and Eve who had just rejected God's way of life) put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live FOREVER " (Genesis 3:22).
However, wait a minute! If man, when he was created, was given a spiritual essence or soul that was IMMORTAL then God's concern makes no sense! His barring them from the Tree of Life would NOT make a difference since Adam and Eve already possessed something that gave them life eternal. In other words, eating of the tree of life would not have given Adam and Eve something they did not already have!
If, however, Adam and Eve did not possess something that allowed them to live forever, then God's concern about them acquiring this ability is justified. He did not want his greatest creation, in a rebellious state of mind like and exist forever in unhappiness and misery.