Hot answers tagged

11

It seems clear that Catholic Church debunked Origens claim that souls were created and existed before conception and birth. That is not as clear as you suggest, and certainly the soul is there before birth according to current teaching of the RCC. Current teaching looks like "at the time of conception" per the following: The Catechism of the ...


10

At the risk of making enemies from both sides of the war over abortion, I will merely provide my opinion. There is no way of knowing when God breathes a soul into a fetus. At conception? Somewhere in the Middle? Biblically we know it happens in the womb at some point because babies in the womb respond to God. For example: When Elizabeth heard Mary's ...


9

what I am asking is that you evaluate my interpretation of the Scriptures Faulty / Insufficient. The conclusions you have drawn from these verses are quite different from what most Christian scholars through the ages have concluded. In fact they are almost completely novel. Arriving at a novel conclusion not held by your own or any other major ...


8

There is an interesting passage in the magnificat in Luke, The phrase in verses 2:56,47 seems to indicate that Spirit and Soul basicly mean the same thing. Jewish verse uses a technique called parallelism where one line says something, and the next ,the same thing but using diifferent words for emphasis. It might be pushing it a bit but the phrasing ...


7

The Bible doesn't explicitly say whether or not we exist prior to conception. The Psalm 139 passage you referenced indicates that God knew us before we were born and saw our unformed body. However, this is not a definitive statement that we existed prior to birth. Contextually, it seems much more probably to be referring to the omniscience of God (from ...


7

As Caleb pointed out, most of these verses you have quoted aren’t actually using the word “soul” to refer to the same theological concept you’re trying to get at. As an addendum to that, I note that one reason for that discrepancy in usage is that you’ve selected a bunch of New Testament verses that are quoting the Septuagint. Matthew 12 is quoting Isaiah ...


6

You could try and break it down, i.e. soul = makes Godly choices, heart = serving God with emotional commitment, strength = using your actual body to serve God and mind = using your intelligence govern your actions. However, the Scriptures don't support any such breakdown as far as I'm aware and I think both in Deuteronomy and when Jesus said it, the ...


6

One possible interpretation is that the tree of life would have given them eternal physical life. After the Fall, this would have been in a state of separation from God. So, God prevented them from living forever in this state of separation. God's purpose was that they live forever in communion with Him.


6

If you do an in depth study of the the Greek on 'soul' and 'spirit' they are essentially the same thing. However they are different is that one is viewed heavenward, and one earthward. The soul is the essential life of man ‘looking earthward’ and the ‘spirit’ that same principle of life breathed (like wind) into man from God, that can look towards and ...


6

For one thing, while ψυχη (transliterated psuchḗ or psyche) is often translated soul as in the verses you have quoted, it is also just as often translated as life as in: Matthew 10:39 (KJV) He that findeth his life shall lose it:and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. So for every verse where soul is used, try substituting life and see ...


6

First, let's have some slightly more in-depth definitions. Charles Hodge describes what traducianists believe as follows: Traducianists on the one hand deny that the soul is created; and on the other hand, they affirm that it is produced by the law of generation, being as truly derived from the parents as the body. The whole man, soul and body, is ...


6

The discussion of the origin of the human soul/spirit (they are generally spoken of as one immaterial part on this topic) is a very old one in Christian history. There are many serious implications which the debate has commonly hinged on, particularly the transmission of Adam's original sin and guilt. However varied that theories may be, a basic summary ...


5

In addition to the cryptic references that you mentioned in Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalm 139:15-16, there is a clear reference in the apocryphal book Book of Wisdom 8:19-20: As a child I was naturally gifted, and a good soul fell to my lot; or rather, being good, I entered an undefiled body (NRSVCE). The author of this book was almost certainly heavily ...


5

There are indeed many verses that speak of Hell as being eternal although there aren't so many that make the clear that the punishment is also eternal. Here are a couple: Matthew 25:46 (NIV) “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 (NIV) 8 He will punish those who do not know God ...


5

Yes, with caveats. The challenge here is what constitutes "teaching" the pre-existence of souls. Proponents of the doctrine will naturally find more instances of this than others, as will be seen shortly. However, even a "mainstream" treatment (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church) mentions others as holding views similar to Origen: Even ...


4

Your soul is who you are; the essence of your being. Your spirit is given to connect with God. When the soul is used in the Bible, it can refer to the whole person: in its most basic sense, the word soul means "life". As Paul explained, we are triune beings made up of body, spirit and soul. A good analogy would be the three temple courts: outer, inner, and ...


4

I don't know of any official position other than at conception (i know individuals who disagree though), but I haven't heard any body defend that position in detail. Before you asked this, I didn't really think I needed a reason to accept that other than the fact that when a human egg is fertilized the result is always going to be human and not some other ...


4

The problem is what we see as soul has different meanings based on when in history you are looking at it. For example, the Hebrews didn't see the soul as immortal, as shown here: "The soul [nephesh] who sins shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4, 20) So, the soul (word was nephesh) was not immortal. Then in the first century AD, Philo introduced the immortal soul ...


4

Matthew 22:37-38 (NIV) 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. This is the first and greatest commandment. I think that it's pretty ironic that nobody can answer what this means, considering the biggest forgivable sin is ...


4

EDIT FROM THE COMMENT BELOW Reading trough systematic theology books, I found that Christians hold that the human has two are three parts. The two parts view says that the human is body (material) and soul(immaterial), the three parts folks hold the position that human are body(material), soul(feeling), conscience(image of God, moral center). Here are two ...


4

Generally speaking, the Hebrew Bible does not distinguish between "body" and "soul." The Hebrew word for life, nephesh refers to the "vital life forces," that is, breathing, pulse, etc. There certainly are intimations of afterlife in the HB, but most scholars agree that an eternal soul was not part of Israelite Religion—at least not in the Platonic sense. ...


4

Other places Pink mentions his tripartite view of man are: Gleanings in Genesis, p. 107 "Is it not clear then that the ark divided into three stories more than hints at our threefold salvation in Christ? The salvation which we have in Christ is a threefold one, and that in a double sense. It is a salvation which embraces each part of our threefold ...


4

The Athanasian Creed, which is accepted by most christian, (esp. catholic, orthodox, anglican, Lutheran, etc.) reads thus: ...He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the God the Father Almighty, from whence he will come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies; And shall give account for ...


4

Regardless of whether you actually wanted a Biblical Answer, (there was a christian-thermodynamics tag until it got nuked) here is the answer, from the undisputed captain of answers like these St. Thomas Aquinas: The human soul, by reason of its perfection, is not a form merged in matter, or entirely embraced by matter. Therefore there is nothing to ...


4

We tend to think of the soul as the eternal part of a person, as opposed to his temporal part: Matthew 10:28 (NET) Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. The explanation is to be found in this Free Grace article. As a matter of fact,the Greek ...


4

The challenge in answering this question is that we do not have most of Origen's original work. Proponents of reincarnation argue that translators and scribes made Origen's works more palatable to orthodox Christianity, and excised the most significant pro-reincarnation sections of his works. One quote commonly attributed to Origen does not appear to exist ...


4

The Catholic Church has not issued a definitive teaching on this topic. There are certain boundaries that have been established, e.g. that our souls have not always existed but rather were created by God, and that the soul is definitely present within the body at conception. The exact timing, however, is not known, and, indeed, the Church has no firm ...


3

I think we must take the trees as literal but also symbolic because of God's promises annexed to them. The tree of life represented the case of Adam obtaining eternal life by obedience to God and in resisting the tree of death. In other words Adam could never be allowed to eat from the tree of life so the concern is hypothetical only, God would never and ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible