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Featured THE SOUL: What is it?

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by JIMINZ, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. JIMINZ

    JIMINZ Well-Known Member

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    Where does it come from, When does a person receive it, Is it a separate entity?
     
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  2. Stabat Mater

    Stabat Mater Jesus Christ conquers! Supporter

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    It comes from God. God creates a soul and immediately he incarnates it in the womb.

    Yes and no. A human consist of body, soul and spirit. We are made to be all three parts. We are all three parts on earth and again at the end of times.
    In the meanwhile our soul is with God in heaven and where God is theres a great joy.
    As I emphasized a human is supposed to consist of all three of them which is why God will ressurect our bodies in the end.
     
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  3. christine40

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    Matthew 23:37
    you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind
     
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  5. Paidiske

    Paidiske Clara bonam audax Supporter

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    I don't think a soul is a "thing." I believe it's a way of talking about a person's life.
     
  6. dreadnought

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    My own understanding of my "soul" is that it is me, the person who will live on after my body dies.
     
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  7. Stabat Mater

    Stabat Mater Jesus Christ conquers! Supporter

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    In the image of God we're made with a shallow likeness of structure. Three and one.
    Body, Soul and mind - one human being.
     
  8. Stabat Mater

    Stabat Mater Jesus Christ conquers! Supporter

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    Hmm...
    Thats a take Ive never heard of before.
     
  9. Stabat Mater

    Stabat Mater Jesus Christ conquers! Supporter

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    I tend to think likewise.
     
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    The soul is apart of us given by God. The Spirit of God will raise our souls to everlasting life upon physical death of the body becoming our immortal body.
     
  11. christine40

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    yes, there are many scriptures that mention soul, as in reference to a living entity (person or animal)
     
  12. Paidiske

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    I think you'll find it's not uncommon amongst scholars of Hebrew, based on the word nephesh and the way it functions in that language. There are similar ambiguities with psyche in Greek.

    Basically, I'd argue that a word which originally just meant "life" got spiritualised until people conceived of the "life" of a person having an existence independent/separate from the body. But I don't think that's what the Biblical writers meant by ti.
     
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    so one can love God with their heart, their soul (whole being), and their mind
     
  14. Stabat Mater

    Stabat Mater Jesus Christ conquers! Supporter

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    I only have greek in my theology minor so Im blank on the hebrew. Do you believe in salvation of the souls then?
     
  15. Paidiske

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    I believe in salvation... and in the resurrection of the body. Those bodies will have life and thus soul, but like I said, I don't believe in the soul as a "thing" in itself.

    If that makes sense?
     
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  16. Stabat Mater

    Stabat Mater Jesus Christ conquers! Supporter

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    Nm.
     
  17. Stabat Mater

    Stabat Mater Jesus Christ conquers! Supporter

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    Thanks for explaining. Yes I understand your take on it now. I think differently about it, but I humbly recognise that this is something we will know for sure only when we die.
     
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  18. Paidiske

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    Like I said, I got to my current understanding through language studies (and reading scholars of Hebrew language and thought, because my Greek is good but my Hebrew almost non-existent). If you're really curious it might be worth doing some reading on Hebrew understanding of the topic? Perhaps our Messianic friends might be able to give you more than I can in a quick post?
     
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  19. Stabat Mater

    Stabat Mater Jesus Christ conquers! Supporter

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    Lol, I suffered through the Greek by barely passing and decided Id rather take Latin than Hebrew in the future (if any).
    You see Im not that curious :p
     
  20. Paidiske

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    I understand! I enjoyed Greek but Hebrew is a whole other degree of difficulty. :swoon:
     
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