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Questions tagged [spirit]

The traditional component of a person, distinct from 'body' and 'mind'.

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How does the Catholic church distinguish between the human soul and spirit?

I see questions about the creation of the human soul, and the soul's "infusion" into the body. But the Bible considers a human being to "have" three parts or concepts: spirit, soul, and body. How does ...
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Is my view of the Trinity accurate, and what is exactly the role of the Holy Spirit

I am an Atheist from a Muslim background, I would like to know exactly how do Christians think of Trinity (Especially the Holy Spirit)? Most Muslims see "Trinity" as three separate persons or ...
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Is Baptism by Holy Sprit and Baptism by Fire the same thing?

At Matt 3: 11 we see John the Baptist speaking of Jesus: “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He ...
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How does the Catholic Church visualize Jesus breathing over His disciples post-resurrecion?

At John 20:22 we read: When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. One wonders how Jesus breathed on the disciples: did He do it by way of exhaling ...
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What does the term ' a wind from God' as used at Genesis 1:2 (NRSVCE) imply?

Genesis 1:2 (NRSVCE) reads : the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. The same verse in New King James ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is there any supernatural (non-physical, non-mathematical, non-scientific) part of a human being?

My previous understanding of the Catholic Church's teaching was that a human being is of two conjoined natures: physical and spiritual. Also, my previous reasoning was that things like consciousness, ...
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Is the Promise of Regeneration Enunciated in the Old Testament?

Regeneration of the human spirit is a cornerstone doctrine of the New Testament, taught in Jesus’ famous ‘born again’ discourse with Nicodemus. (John 3) Likewise, St. Paul explains our restoration in ...
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Ephesians 2:2, which one comes first in the Calvinist view?

Ephesians 2:2 reads: in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. ...
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Ephesians 2:2, which one comes first in the Catholic view?

Ephesians 2:2 reads: in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach there is only one person?

I’ve stumbled upon a person who has made a few interesting claims. According to her, among others: Other people are only another physical form of yourself. There exists only one unposseded [by ...
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Why did the distressing spirit from God come upon Saul [duplicate]

1 Samuel 18: 10-11 10 And it happened on the next day that the distressing spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied inside the house. So David played music with his hand as at other ...
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Ghosts Appearing as Children [Latter-day Saint perspective]

Elder Mark E. Petersen (1900–1984) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained that the physical body and our spirit are similar in appearance: “Every one of us is a spirit, and our spirit occupies ...
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Why is everything created spiritually before physically?

According to LDS doctrine, why are we created as spirits before we can receive a body? On earth, all creatures are born with the same bodies as their parents. In the preexistence, why are the children ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are there levels of spiritual enlightenment in Christianity?

In Judaism there is the Kabbalah. In other religions there are ways to spiritual enlightenment. Every religion has its own formula. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; ...
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Can the human spirit remember anything without a physical body? (LDS perspective)

I work doing support work for adults with disabilities. I have a friend who recently graduated with a degree in psychology. One day we got talking about all the ways that brain damage (through ...
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Where did our spirit come from? (Overview)

Where did our spirit come from? Did it exist before we were born? Or did it come into existence when we were born or later? What is an overview of the major Christian answers to this question?
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Eastern Orthodoxy: What is the 'nous' and how is it distinguished from your mind and the rest of your spirit?

Basically, this question is two-fold: Give me a good explanation of what the 'nous' is and what it is not, especially compared to the mind and the other components of the spirit, from the Eastern ...
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According to Evangelical Presbyterians, do ghosts exist?

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. Luke 24:37 (NIV) This incident shows that the disciples were afraid of an apparition.They thought that they saw a ghost. A ghost is ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, are humans the only beings that can be tempted?

If Jesus got tempted for 40 days does it mean Satan can tempt God? Are humans the only ones that are tempted because of flesh or even in spirit there is still temptation, or are angels and saints also ...
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Is God ever said to be a “soul” in the Scriptures?

God is said to be πνεῦμα (pneuma) in John 4:24 but is he ever said to be a "soul" ψυχή (psuché) in the Bible? God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is practicing spiritism moral?

What does the Catholic Church teach about Spiritism, especially the Kardecist Spiritualism Doctrine (covered in the link above)? According to the Catholic Church, it is wrong to try to communicate ...
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Spirit and flesh

Is there a specific doctrine or prominent theologians in either the Catholic or Eastern Orthodox traditions that explain the difference between the Spirit and the flesh as referred to in the following ...
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What power do spirits have that resurrected beings do not?

According to Mormon doctrine, Resurrected beings have physical bodies that can only be in one place at one time, which is why the Holy Ghost remains a spirit, so that he can dwell in the hearts of men:...
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How do Trinitarians reconcile Jesus is a spirit?

From my understanding of the Trinity (please correct me if I am wrong), the Trinity is God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as three separate beings (or personalities) but one God. They ...
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What biblical evidence is there that our spirit only began in this life?

LDS believe that our spirit was in existence before we are born here on earth. What biblical evidences are there that that is not the case? Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and ...
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What is the Catholic understanding and explanation regarding Num 11:25?

In Num 11:25, [The] LORD ... took some of the spirit that was upon him and put it upon the seventy elders[.] From my understanding of Catholic philosophy, a spirit is a simple substance that ...
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Do Mormons believe that all spirits are omnipresent?

Are all spirits omnipresent? According to Mormon doctrine, God is omnipresent through his spirit, does that mean that all spirits are omnipresent or is the Holy Ghost a special case?
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Can people come back from Heaven or Hell? [closed]

Is it possible for a person to come back to earth (e.g. as a ghost) from Heaven or Hell? We have had some weird happenings at our house, and I am trying to figure out what is going on. Our room mate ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, would a cloned human being have a soul?

Recently I heard from my devout religious acquaintance that, according to Christian (Catholic) faith, a cloned individual wouldn't actually be a person. She explained that a human being consists of a ...
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Why was it necessary for some people to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands and others just received it after believing? [closed]

Some people never received the gift of the Holy Ghost until Paul gave it to them through the laying on of hands. Others it appears received it just by believing or at least it is not mentioned that ...
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Do angels possess 1) a body, soul and spirit, 2) a soul and spirit or 3) just a spirit?

My personal understanding is that plants have a body, animals have both a body and a soul, and mankind has a body, a soul and a spirit. However, angels, as I understand, do not have a body that is ...
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Why are all angels masculine?

Nowhere in the Bible are angels feminine. If angels are messengers from God, why do these messengers always manifest themselves as masculine? Is it because they assume the gender of their Divine ...
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Are angels spirits?

John 4:24 (KJV) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The Gospel of John tells us that God is a Spirit. What about the angels? According to the ...
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What does the LDS church teach about what men and women did or do in the pre-existence?

I understand that the LDS Church believes that everyone existed in the spirit world prior to their conception in the womb in the physical world. What specifically, though, does the pre-existence ...
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Does this scripture shed light on the humanity of the unborn child? [closed]

As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. Ecclesiastes 11:5 (ESV) This quote states ...
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Did Jesus transform into spirit form after Resurrection

In the 40 days after the Resurrection and before his Ascension, Jesus appears and disappears to people, including his disciples. He also is not recognizable by some of his followers including Mary ...
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What are the differences between the spirit of God and spirit of Man? [closed]

First, I thought that the spirit Christians get from God is the same as the spirit of God. Recently, I heard a sermon that asserted they are different, but gave no more details. Which verses describe ...
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What did God mean when He said 'lest they live forever'?

I was talking to a Jehovah's witness who did not believe in the immortality of soul and he pointed out a scripture to me. Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold ... lest he put forth his hand,...
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What did Peter, James and John see on the Mount of Transfiguration?

During a Bible discussion for seekers last week, one of them asked a question that led me to ponder this questions. As I understand it, the body of Moses (not Elijah since he never died) should still ...
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Protestant explanation of an immortal spirit

Some Christian denominations think that the spirit is not immortal and that death is like sleeping. When Christ comes back he would resurrect the dead bodies from within the ground (like God made ...
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A.W. Pink and the Tripartite Theory of Man

Related I have asked a similar question on Philosophy.SE. Background Reading Arthur W. Pink's pamphlet Regeneration: Or, the New Birth recently, I was surprised to find that he had a tripartite ...
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Indication of the possibility to discern the spirit of a man by/without listening to his words

Is there any indication in the Bible (N.T. is preferred) that the spirit of man can be discerned properly from the words that he is speaking? And is there any indication of the opposite - that the ...
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What does Jesus say about your spirit going to heaven?

I had an interesting question presented to me by a rector of a church. He asked me to find anywhere in the bible where Jesus spoke of your spirit going to heaven and then research those specific ...
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Do we have no control over our flesh? [closed]

This is from a Facebook fan page titled "Jesus Christ": We all struggle with sin, and at times it's so bad that we think" God has to hate me,I will never get into heaven, I am so awful!" Well Thats ...
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What is the difference between man's soul and spirit? [closed]

It is easy to recognize the body as the physical matter that makes up a person. The body is clearly distinct from the soul and spirit in several ways: The body is visible to others. (When I see you,...