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No, in fact the Catholic Church teaches no such thing. One approach to seeing this is to understand the way the Church sees the body and soul: The human person, created in the image of God, is a being at once corporeal and spiritual. ... The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God ... and also that it is immortal: it does not ...


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The O.P.’s question is not addressed by Church documents, because it is a philosophical one. Nevertheless, based on Church teaching, it is possible to assess the position expressed by the interlocutor. What is a person? In order to understand this question, it is necessary to understand what the Church means by “person.” Although the Church does not make a ...


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Objection 1: Other people are only another physical form of yourself. Objection 2: There exists only one unposseded [by ego] and indivisible mind. No, the Catholic Church doesn't believe in this. In Matthew 26:28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of MANY for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus wouldn't say for "many" ...


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What this "person who has made a few interesting claims" appears to be arguing is the Averroist tenet that there is one collective soul for all humans (i.e., that humans do not have individual souls). According to the OED, an Averroist is One of a sect of peripatetic philosophers who appeared in Italy some time before the restoration of learning, and ...


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From Calvin's commentary on Ephesians 2:2 : We may now draw from it also this inference, that ungodly men have no excuse in being driven by Satan to commit all sorts of crimes. Whence comes it that they are subject to his tyranny, but because they are rebels against God? If none are the slaves of Satan, but those who have renounced the service, and refuse ...


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The Trinity declares that there is only the One Being of God. A Divine Being is not to be confused with a human being. Also, God is Spirit. Before Jesus came to earth to born as a human, he existed in heaven alongside God (the Father) and the Holy Spirit. John chapter 1 verses 1 to 3 and 14 explain it this way: In the beginning was the Word, and the ...


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


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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 ...


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Within the writings of defenders of the trichotomic nature of man there is significant variation on the question of the nature of angels. The trichotomy of man is a much more popular doctrine within Protestantism than in other branches of Christianity, so that's the background of the theologians quoted here. The simplest part of this question is, do angels ...


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Trinitarians believe that Jesus being human does not contradict his status as God (or as the Spirit). Even though Jesus is God, he made himself into physical human being, and through this he was able to experience life fully as a man. Philippians 2:5-8 KJV Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not ...


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I believe you are looking for the three ways or states of the spiritual life. Our process of conversion to Christ is a journey that takes place over the course of a lifetime. You can probably look back to times in your life where you can remember making great progress on your spiritual journey, and other times when you have felt like you were moving ...


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Yes it can, in fact every person on Earth had a perfect knowledge of the universe and of the plan of salvation prior to being born into it. It was for this reason that the Earth was created, and the plan presented. As pre-mortal beings we had progressed as much as possible, and required bodies in order to progress any further. Upon entering this world, and ...


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Yes. Gospel Fundamentals Chapter 35: Life after Death In the spirit world our spirits will have the same form as when we lived on the earth with bodies of flesh and bones. We will look as we do here. We will think the same way and believe the same things as we did here. Those who are righteous in this life will still be righteous. Those who were ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that every human body is human because it has a soul imparted by God. 364 The human body shares in the dignity of "the image of God": it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul, and it is the whole human person that is intended to become, in the body of Christ, a temple of ...


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The answer can be found here in the Catechism of the Catholic Church; in particular, it says: 366 The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not "produced" by the parents - and also that it is immortal: it does not perish when it separates from the body at death, and it will be reunited with the body at the final ...


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LDS commentary on this question is sparse, but based on the below information I infer that the answer is no. “The Holy Ghost as a personage of Spirit can no more be omnipresent in person than can the Father or the Son, but by his intelligence, his knowledge, his power and influence, over and through the laws of nature, he is and can be omnipresent ...


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The short answer is no. There are many reports of people "seeing" Heaven or Hell and coming back, but as for entering, there is no return. That being said, Heaven and Hell are spiritual states (at least before Second Coming/Apocalypse) and not physical places; so, in theory, being in Heaven or Hell would rule out "presence" (in a non-physical sense) on Earth....


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Eight verses earlier (Num 11:17) has the same "some of the spirit" wording. Fr. George Leo Haydock's commentary on verse 17 says: St. Augustine (q. 18,) reads "of the spirit which is on thee;" (Septuagint) referring it to the indivisible spirit of God, so that these ancients received what was sufficient for them, while Moses suffered no diminution. Thus ...


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When Abraham's servant went to find a wife for Isaac (Gen 24), he had angelic influence (no mention of the angel physically accompanying him). The angels who came to escort Lot and his family out of town were corporeal as they ate dinner (Gen 19:3). In Matthew 2:13, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream. However, an angel was able to physically kick Peter ...


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In addition to the above great answers, I would also like to quote the Fifth Lateran Council, session 8, which for me also seems to oppose such claims: Consequently, since in our days (which we endure with sorrow) the sower of cockle, the ancient enemy of the human race, has dared to scatter and multiply in the Lord's field some extremely pernicious ...


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Our understanding of God need to go much deeper than that. Let's not forget that He is the eternal self-existent substance that created the entire expanse of the universe, because, let's face it, matter can never create itself from nothing. Therefore, our understanding of Him need to be carefully gathered from His revelations. He cannot be explained with a ...


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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be ...


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What is the difference between God and the Spirit of God? What is the difference between Christ and the Spirit of Christ? What is the difference between the Father and the Son? We could go on and on. If we understood this perfectly, we would be God and that is untrue so we can never understand this question finally. The church fathers simply asserted (in ...


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What an excellent question, as it forced me to really think it through. I think the disconnect is in the very first lines. You make two assumptions that Mormons would not agree with. The first is that without a physical body a spirit is able to be in more than one place at a time. Doctrine and Covenants 131:7-8 7 There is no such thing as ...


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If you are using the word theologian in the traditional sense, I'm not sure if Frederica Mathewes-Green counts (I won't judge her) but I can tell what she has to say on the topic in Welcome to the Orthodox Church. I don't have the book with me or I'd quote it. However, she says the mind has two gears in which it can operate. In one, it is producing ...


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As far as I know, angels are different beings from us as they do not procreate. Matthew 22:29,30 says: Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Because they do not procreate, ...


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The first verses you cite (Acts 19:5-6) do not teach what we today call being "baptized into Christ Jesus" (Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27) or being "baptized by one Spirit into one body" (1 Corinthians 12:13). We can safely conclude the Ephesian believers were already baptized into Christ Jesus, or were baptized by one Spirit into one body (i.e., the body of ...


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Technically, we are not first created as spirits. This is a simplification. We existed as intelligences, which are not clearly explained, and later formed into our spirits by God. Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be. D&C 93:29 Speaking of this topic, Marion G. ...


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Considering the Catholic Church teaches that there are three persons in one God (St. Patrick famously used the three-leaf clover as an analogy), there have to be at least three persons. I'm not sure what religion your friend is, but he or she doesn't follow the canon of the Catholic Church.


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Breaking down the question first, bear with me. My previous understanding of the Catholic Church's teaching was that a human being is of two conjoined natures: physical and spiritual. Glad this was your previous understand because a human being hasa human nature. Possibly you're thinking of Jesus who has two natures, human and divine See Hypostatic Union. ...


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