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Jesus’ ‘Spiritual Death’ And Its Necessity

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Chapter Summary

This chapter considers the overall claims of Jesus died spiritually (JDS) teachers that Christ died spiritually and that he had to do so for humanitys salvation. It focuses on whether the scriptures directly teach that JDS. As McConnell and his followers, believe that Essek William Kenyon gained his spiritualisation of Christs death from New Thought and Christian Science. The chapter discusses whether the idea of a spiritual death of Christ can be found in those sources, or in Higher Life and Faith Cure. It broadens the search for statements that JDS to a range of theological contexts, as a first step. JDS teachers believe that in effect the Bible states that Jesus had to die spiritually, as well as physically, in order to save humanity from spiritual death, because humanity, its problems and their solutions are all essentially spiritual in nature. The chapter considers the anthropological foundation of this claim.

Keywords: anthropological foundation; Bible; Essek William Kenyon; humanitys salvation; Jesus died spiritually (JDS) teachers; Jesus Spiritual death; theological contexts

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