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Friday, June 2, 2017

Basic Notes On The Soul

  • What Is The Soul?:
          -The soul is known as the "life-principle" of the being, that is, the immaterial entity that keeps the physical body alive. In other words, it is the non-physical source of all consciousness. The soul is the immaterial part of the body which forms the basis of human features encompassing our actions, thoughts, ideas, hopes, and dreams. The soul is what makes us who we are. It is the essence of our personalities. The soul exists independently of the physical body because it is immaterial. The soul is therefore a separate entity from the body (2 Corinthians 5:8).
  • General Recap And Further Elaboration Of Discussion On The Soul:
          1.) Human souls are breathed directly into our bodies by God. This means that they constitute our spiritual identity. Only we are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). This fact alone distinguishes us from the rest of the animal kingdom. 
          2.) The soul is an immaterial entity. It is non-physical. Thus the soul cannot be tested by the scientific method because science can only examine physical quantity. The soul transcends the physical realm.          
          3.) Because our souls are immaterial, it logically follows that our souls are also immortal because only physical things can experience physical corruption. Our souls will continue to live on for eternity, even after the moment of physical death. The very essence of our being will continue to thrive in the afterlife.
  • Two Basic Proofs For The Immateriality Of The Soul:
         -We can use our reasoning capacities to mentally categorize things into general categories, rather than only being able to reason with particular objects that we can physically see. The human mind is not limited only to the scope of concrete thinking.
         -Human beings are free in the sense that they have free will. We can either choose to make good or bad decisions in this life.
  • Animals Have Souls Too:
         -We know that animals have souls because nothing can live without this non-physical entity. The soul is what gives all living creatures the ability to survive in their current physical state. However, it is important to note a vital distinction between the human soul and the souls of wild beasts. Human souls are rational, whereas beings that thrive in the wilderness only operate on the basis of biologically programmed instincts.