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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 ...


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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A body is animated by the soul. Jesus’ body was no different, except that it was both fully human and fully divine: there wasn’t a “human part” and a “divine part”. As his whole nature was fully human and fully divine, it follows that his soul was both fully human and fully divine as well, for he could not be the Word Incarnate without the Word being part of ...


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Among the meanings of ψυχε (psuche, 5590; soul, life) is "the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.)" I'm not certain what it would mean for my "(eternal) soul"/"living being"/"union of body and spirit" to be grieved. I think it makes much more sense to read his statement in a poetic sense, as: "My heart is deeply ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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According to David, he was sinful at conception. Surely to be sinful, we must have a soul to place the sin on. Psalm 51:5 NIV 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.


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You ask for a view from Christian scholars, so here's one (not mine): In "Cosmos, Creator, and Human Destiny", Dave Hunt argues that the difference between humans and lower animals is in the brain, but that the brain is just matter, and: as we will continue to remind readers, matter cannot think (no basis, evidence, qualification, explanation or ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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A soul is the combination of the body and the spirit. And I, the Lord God, formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul; Genesis 2:8 IV The spirit was created before the body, possibly even before the creation. Nevertheless, all things were before created, but spiritually ...


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The soul of the body, or the spirit, did exist before conception, yes, but we did not have physical being then. Jesus' disciples knew that the soul existed before physical conception. Evident here: John 9:1-2 1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, ...


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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 ...


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In Hebrew thinking/usage "breath" is what separates animals from plants. Plants have no "breath," but animals do. This same phrase is used in the account of the flood. Genesis 7:15 (KJV) And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. This phrase is used of everything that got on the ark (Ge 7:15), ...


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Jeremiah 1:5 "Before you were formed in the womb, I knew you." This conflicts with Exodus 21:22 22 “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely[e] but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. (The implication here is that a fetus is ...


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A soul is a the union of one's spirit and body. A disembodied spirit, such as a spirit before birth or after death does not have a body and is therefore not a soul. A lifeless body, one that is dead, is not a soul but is merely a corpse. In John 12:27, Jesus is prophesying concerning His own death, for He knows that it is only a few days away and He also ...


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Yes. If you define soul according to Genesis 2:7; which says: 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. then something physical has to be part of the soul. (the dust of the ground somehow becomes a living soul) So, if the body really is at least one part ...


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God knew you, as he knew Jeremiah, long before you were born or even conceived. He thought about you and planned for you. When you feel discouraged or inadequate, remember that God has always thought of you as valuable and that he has a purpose in mind for you. Jeremiah was "appointed" by God as his "Prophet to the nations." God has a purpose for each ...


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In human terms, Yes. The Bible refrains from providing almost any information about life after death other than the all important destination of heaven or hell and how to ensure you arrive at heaven. However, heaven is in most senses just the restoration of the life originally lived by Adam and Eve before they sinned. This naturally means that unless ...


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I see this post is a bit old, but I came across it while preparing for a discussion on the pre-existence with the 12-18 year old young men in our LDS congregation. Since the very first reply above raises the LDS doctrine, I thought I would round out the post by noting a few points about that doctrine. We are all God's children, and he created us ...


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Just wanted to chime in with the obvious about this scripture. Jeremiah 1:5 ) Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. That seems pretty clear to me. God knew Jeremiah before he was born. While you might say that this knowledge referes ...



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