When someone dies their soul either goes to heaven or to hell, there is no true end for a soul, only for the body because energy cannot be created or destroyed. By the same token, when someone is born their soul couldn't have been created, therefore the soul must have already existed?

At some point in the development of a baby, the ensoulment happens. When exactly this happens is not a universally-agreed-upon thing and may in fact be considered a controversial topic due to the atmosphere around abortions. This entire subject is completely out of the topic of this question.

My question is simply, where does a new human being's soul come from, since it can't have been created?

Since Christianity does not follow the idea of reusing souls, i.e. reincarnation, and souls cannot be created or destroyed, where do "new" souls come from?

Concerning denominations, I am interested in hearing for all, but since one needs to focus on one, I would prefer Southern Baptist.

  • @depperm I edited the question to reflect denominations.
    – Tyler N
    Oct 7, 2019 at 13:38
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    Not completely relevant to the question, but a soul is not "Energy" in the scientific sense, and the fact that Energy cannot be destroyed is not relevant to the question (and also technically Energy can be destroyed, or at last converted to matter). But you are right that most Christians believe that souls are immortal. Oct 7, 2019 at 14:05
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    Related christianity.stackexchange.com/q/46753/23657
    – Kris
    Oct 7, 2019 at 15:27
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    Seeking information on the 'Southern Baptist Convention' website about what they believe about the soul, I found only a philosophical paper The Current Soul-Body Debate which did not come to any decisive conclusion. The question of matter and energy being indestructible is irrelevant as the soul does not consist of either. A soul is the gift of God - to be given one is to share in his existence, as a spiritual being. Added to that breath-taking gift : is humanity.
    – Nigel J
    Oct 7, 2019 at 18:12
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I think there is an untrue assumption in this question...

My question is simply, where does a new human being's soul come from, since it can't have been created?

Energy cannot be created or destroyed is an atheistic philosophical assumption that presumes there is no God with the ability to create energy.

Southern Baptists for the most part hold the Bible being true and authoritative. The Bible describes a God who created matter, energy, time, and life. Although the Bible doesn't answer your question directly as to how a babies soul enters into existence that I know, there's no reason to believe it's existed prior to conception and creating a human soul from nothing is not out of the possibilities of God. We do know who created them...

Acts 17:28 for in Him we live and move and exist

John 1:3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

  • I agree there is an untrue assumption; however, I disagree that the First Law of Thermodynamics is my untrue assumption: for the faithful, any scientific rule is succeeded by "without the interference of God," i.e. "energy cannot be destroyed [...] without the interference of God." The untrue assumption, I have come to realize is that a soul is energy. A soul does not conform to anything earthly; it is something ethereal, completely unbound to earthly rules, the gift of God; therefore Thermodynamics has absolutely no impact on a soul.
    – Tyler N
    Oct 8, 2019 at 18:22
  • The reason I asked this question is because I constantly hear people use the First Law of Thermodynamics as supporting evidence/proof that there is an afterlife for the soul. And I never questioned that argument's validity until recently when someone said, "Then how is a soul created?" My conclusion is that the First Law of Thermodynamics is not a valid argument to support the claim of an afterlife, as earthly laws would have no impact on our souls.
    – Tyler N
    Oct 8, 2019 at 18:24
  • Thanks for the clarification. I'm sorry if I was confused.
    – Lionsden
    Oct 9, 2019 at 17:44

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