Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by RodISHI, Apr 11, 2009.
Does everyone have a soul?
If so how would you describe what a soul is?
The Soul is the body and the Spirit combined.
It depends entirely on the religious belief, some think that animals do not have souls and that only humans are exclusive to that, other think that not all humans do. I believe every living thing does (probably a collective soul for plants though).
As to what it is ... by definition Avatar covered it, by belief I believe that what makes us human is that there are two parts, the spirit and intellect. The intellect moves onto another person being born to keep our species growing smarter even if all our records are lost, and the spirit moves on, if it was good enough.
Thank you both for giving your perspectives on the questions. Maybe there will be some more thoughts from others on these questions when I get back online this evening.
No. The concept of a soul is unique to certain religious beliefs.
Sentient beings have awareness--life force energy--consciousness. What moves from body to body lifetime after lifetime is not what some think of as a soul--a kind of invisible personality and bodily version of yourself-your ego in this life.
Had to look that one up.
The soul is not something one can see with human eyes either. Reincarnation is not a new thought either.
No. No one has a soul. The soul is an idea that human beings misrepresent the illusion of a separation beteen body and mind, and that the self will come to a permanent end.
When a person dies, the brain dies. The brain is where all sense of self and personality is contained. When a person is brain-dead, the personality does not function. When a person suffers from brain damage, their sense of self is warped or abnormal. So when the brain dies, the person is gone, whether the body lives on or not. Logically if there were such thing as a soul, a brain-dead person's soul would have departed the body, but yet, the body is still alive. And if a developmentally disabled or somone with a brain injury whose personality is completely transformed, then wouldn't the soul also be developmentally disabled or the personality changed?
Makes sense to me. When a person dies, they're body decomposes and becomes ashes or dirt. Plants grow out of that. Animals eat the plants. In a way its reincarnation.
So I believe in reincarnation but not in the everlasting soul.
Colorado ... wouldn't be myself if I didn't play devil's advocate here, however science itself has admitted to having no definitive answer to this. The biochemical properties of the brain include a lot of electrochemical responses as well. Science as determined that energy is never created or destroyed, it merely changes form and moves through physical particles. This being true, when a person dies the energy goes somewhere, and our brains hold a lot of it (not sure what the exact amount is but it's very measurable) and when we die the energy just seems to "vanish". Some have theorized that this is the scientific "spirit" which explains the existence of ghosts and such. There are many metaphysical studies which support this idea (after you filter through all the outrageous ones) and have demonstrated the high possibility that there is life after. So it is valid for even a die hard atheist to agree that there is a soul or spirit, atheists are just against the idea that there is a magical creator, not that life is binary.
Speaking as someone who's had a passing interest in astronomy... our universe does not like to waste. It would be... wasteful for a human being to not have an everlasting soul that jumps body to body retaining experiences from the past to provide the new host body with useful information on how to function and adapt to life.
This is completely irregardless of whether or not anything in the Bible is true or not. The brain is probably the host of the soul and limits the capacity of the soul. The brain probably has to be dead for some time to release the soul. The soul then travels to its next host with information and what not on life that it provides to its next host. This helps the evolutionary process continue much faster than it would if every single human being had to learn everything over again.
Do I have a soul? ....... I have a seperate personality, a seperate set of experiances from everyone else. But a soul? That implies something that survives my physical death. I know of only one way that I can test that hypothesis, and I believe that I will put that off as long as possible.
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