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Body, Soul, and Spirit

July 17, 2016

This article is basically collected pieces I gathered from different sources as I researched the topic of Life. I originally titled this article “Life,” but my research led me into various directions. Always with life there was death and then the components of both life and death; body, soul, and spirit.

….Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life… And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life… And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

What is the soul? What is the spirit? Are they the same thing or are they different? Appears Soul and Life are used interchangeably, but not too sure about Spirit. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Appears the spirit is something God has. There is the spirit of wisdom and jealousy and there are clean and unclean spirts. When the spirit comes down amongst folks things tend to happen. A spirit can be received and a spirit can be cast out. You have a spirit that needs saved and with the spirit, miracles can be performed. The fruits of the spirit include love, joy, and peace.

The living being is considered a soul. The soul is the self, the person. Pre-existence of the soul, immortality of soul, soul as burdened by the body, the idea that soul goes to Hades. Belief in reservation of souls after death for judgment. Life/soul can be saved or lost.

Can the spirit be wind? The wind of God was moving over the face of the waters. The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. God creates man’s spirit, and that he preserves it. So the spirit belongs to God. So is the spirit supernatural? A soul has a body whereas a spirit doesn’t, however whatever it was Jacob wrestled had a body. Moses saw both God’s face and back so is God a spirit or other? God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

Being of spirit and body is touched on as incorporeal beings such as The sea serpent named Leviathan. Rahab, a dragon which causes storms at sea and a desert dragon Behemoth. Satan could be considered incorporeal for he was referred to as both dragon and a serpent. Dragons are mentioned several times in Revelation, and there is the later story of Saint George and the Dragon.

Spiritual beings are souls of the dead and refers to souls of the redeemed as spirits. There is the spirit of God and the spirit of the world. Paul said I must choose between the flesh and reason. The mind is replaced by spirit. Easy to assume intelligence/mind and spirit could be one in the same. Man’s spirit enables him to present his spiritual awareness with the Holy Spirit. The spiritual nature with which God has endowed every man that makes it possible for the Spirit of God to dwell in man. It provides a basis for the continuing conversation between man’s spirit and the divine Spirit.

Sleep is for the body and never for the soul. When you die your body sleeps but your spirit returns to God or a place of torment according to Christianity. Later body and soul will somehow be reunited for a judgement. If all of this is true how scary is that? There are so many ways to displease God according to written words that one could never have a 100% certainty of avoiding eternal torment. What good would it do God to torment any of us? Did not God give us free will? Did not God create us and all He created is good. Why would God torment forever something He created which was good? What would be the purpose of resurrecting the body? I know my mother would never want her crippled arthritic body back, and what of those bodies which were burned or simply rotted and decayed? Ok a new body will be given to those dead/asleep and those alive, an immortal body. I guess at judgement the soul will be reunited with this immortal body to be rewarded or punished accordingly. The body is dust. From the dust our bodies will be resurrected.

J. Vernon McGee said, “God is telling you so. He has put gray in your hair, a totter in your step, a stoop in your shoulder, and a shortness of breath when you walk. He is trying to tell you that you won’t be here much longer….” The good news is that while we are in the body we are away from the Lord, but when we leave the body we will be with the Lord.

When a spiritual person dies his spirit returns to the Lord. When a non-spiritual person dies their spirit goes to Sheol, an unspiritual place. From what I have read it is best you had better believed in Jesus and that he died for our sins. If you do not believe this or any part thereof you are toast forever and ever; as proclaimed from the God of love.

The soul of man was created on the first day, for it is the spirit of God moving upon the face of the water. The spirit – the wind. This spirit, or, to call it by its usual name, the soul of man. She escapes man each night as he sleeps and rises up to heaven and brings new life. As your soul leaves your body at death, so it entered your body before birth. God determines the human the soul will enter be it male or female, strong or weak, rich or poor, beautiful or ugly, long or short, fat or thin. Piety and wickedness alone are left to the determination of man himself. The soul is then shown where she will live and where she will die, and the place where she will be buried, and then the soul is placed into the womb of the mother. The soul residing in a holy place most likely enters the human against her will, is born against her will, dies against her will, and against her will wilt have to give account and reckoning before the Holy One. Who would wish to leave a holy place? In any case depending on if the human/soul obeys or disobeys God’s laws or acceptance of Jesus will determine the outcome of paradise or doom.

When a man died his body remained in the grave, his soul as a bearer of at least a portion of the personality went to Sheol, and his spirit went back to God. Or, The soul and the spirit are represented as bearers of the personality to Sheol. This way the spirit part of man may return to the body when resurrected. The soul is immortal and is loaned temporarily to the body. According to the Wisdom of Solomon, the soul enters directly into eternal life at the time of death; thus the need for an intermediate state for the soul disappears. In reference to the pre-existence of the soul; further implies the pre-existence of good and bad souls. Man possesses free will, but the limitations of the body force the majority of men to choose evil.

So I end my research on the topic of life today. I have never heard or seen God and I have never seen Jesus. Historically it is recorded in books other than the bible of the Nazarene, the Christus, the one named Jesus. I want to believe in Jesus and that he died for my sins I really do. If in fact all that is recorded in the Christian bible about Jesus is true, then I so want him in my heart. However, I think of the Jews and of the religion which evolved around them. The Jew according to all I have read have a chosen spot with God. If there is any fact which stems from the bible and that would be the Jew and Israel the Jewish Nation created in Genesis. If the Jewish religion is the correct one, then it is us Gentiles whom are going to be toast. In the Christian religion, no matter how hard the Jews serve God and obey His laws, they are going to be toast for not believing in Jesus. Why is it so important to believe in Jesus when it is implied He is God. Seems believing in God in general, living by spiritual guidance, and trying to do all which is Holy and pleasing to God should suffice. I am sure we all have it wrong and no one has the true answer to anything beyond this life. However, I do have faith and hope which I think is the best we can do. I feel God is in my life and has always been. Seems God has directed my life in the proper direction for me and has kept me from errors when and if I listened. When I meditate and study be it the bible or other spiritual material I can get so deeply involved and enjoy the moment. I believe God speaks to all of us in many different ways and it is up to us to discern the truths as they apply to our lives.

As revealed to me or to the best of my understanding,

Preston Surface

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