Spirit & Soul

Breathing-Fragile-Life education Joan Winifred things i learned

12/24/14 edits to this post: What i am doing 12/25…(most likely)

aka additional information about There is “No Spirit Part of Man that Survives Death“.

Vocabulary can get confusing. (Actually, i started a glossary for my various writings…a while back…for clarification to any Readers…because I use some nuanced words. However, it was a time-consuming endeavor and has been put aside (for now). I find it useful to describe/define any term I am using (IF necessary) while i’m using it.

I’m into simplification and not complication.  

(Have You noticed ? how super-big WORDS tend to draw attention to the writer/author/blogger and attention away from the gist of the message/piece of writing?) The HUGE WORD droppers/writers…it’s kinda like being a name dropper…it seems to put the spotlight on the writer as being important…showboating intelligence and what reader wants to be made to feel/look like a dummy because of not being familiar with a certain word…yet.)

Just wondering: Is unselfish/compassionate writing taking into consideration your audience/readers and making them feel comfortable by using familiar words?! Hey, i’m not smarter than any reader nor would i want them to think that i think i’m “superior” to them in any way. We are all breathing-fragile-life…each growing and learning at our own particular rate and pace…acquiring vocabulary everyday. Don’t get me wrong, i like big words when/if i choose to use…it’s judiciously…and sparsely.

Though, I realize simple/small words can pack a big (symbolic/poetic) punch…(impact).

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12/26/14 edits: Religious vocabulary can get confusing…different religions use common words in different ways. For example, “spirit” and “soul”…and “death”…The world’s most translated as well as the world’s best-selling book, The Bible, describes and accurately identifies these terms in logical/contextual manner.  Mutual understanding of common terms is the basis for effective communication in any active/living relationship(s). So, it makes sense to me…that for there to exist spiritual unity/peace…there must exist a mutual agreement concerning various basic spiritual terms.

Most religious dogma is in conflict with the context and meaning of certain spiritual terms used in the Bible. Many common religious teachings of many so-called Christian religions such as the trinity teaching or the immortality of the soul or transubstantiation or that the earth was created in 6 literal days are no where to be found in the Bible. These teachings and others are made-up fiction by man and also by  religious leaders to control/exert authority/power over others (such as non-scholars/non-readers of the Bible) and these above-mentioned various doctrines are not written in the Bible.

My recent talk, given the evening of  12/25/14, highlighted points about the terms “spirit” and “soul” : Psalm 146:4 “ His spirit* (or breath) goes out, he returns to the ground;+On that very day his thoughts perish.+ (Revised New World Translation)

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12/27/14 edits: The Byington Bible translates “The breath in him will go out, he will go back to the soil he came from, that day his goodwill is a total loss.”

According to the Bible because of the inheritance of sin and death from Adam, humans all die losing their active life force/ru’ach or take their last breath and return to the dust or soil/earth.

Notice this excerpt from What Does The Bible Really Teach: (my highlights)

Bible writers used the Hebrew word ru′ach or the Greek word pneu′ma when writing about the “spirit.The Scriptures themselves indicate the meaning of those words. For instance, Psalm 104:29 states: “If you [Jehovah] take away their spirit [ru′ach], they expire, and back to their dust they go.” And James 2:26 notes that “the body without spirit [pneu′ma] is dead.” In these verses, then, “spirit” refers to that which gives life to a body. Without spirit, the body is dead. Therefore, in the Bible the word ru′ach is translated not only as “spirit” but also as “force,” or life-force. For example, concerning the Flood in Noah’s day, God said: “I am bringing the deluge of waters upon the earth to bring to ruin all flesh in which the force [ru′ach] of life is active from under the heavens.” (Genesis 6:17; 7:15, 22) “Spirit” thus refers to an invisible force (the spark of life) that animates all living creatures.

In Hebrew “soul” is ne’phesh and in Greek soul is psy·khe′ …the context of the Bible identifies the meaning of the word “soul”…the words ne’phesh and psy.khe’ appear over 800 times in the Bible…so, there is no question/doubt and clear evidence that soul is referring to people, animals and the life people and animals enjoy. Absolutely no where in the bible is immortal or everlasting attached/linked to soul. As a matter of fact, the Bible says at Ezekiel 18:4 “The soul that is sinning–it itself will die.”

 Also, at Genesis 2:7 we read: “Jehovah God proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man came to be a living soul.” (Note that this does not say man was given a soul rather he became a soul, a living-breathing person.)

There is no dichotomy [division] of body and soul in the O[ld] T[estament]. The Israelite saw things concretely, in their totality, and thus he considered men as persons and not as composites. The term nepeš [ne′phesh], though translated by our word soul, never means soul as distinct from the body or the individual person. . . . The term [psy·khe′] is the N[ew] T[estament] word corresponding with nepeš. It can mean the principle of life, life itself, or the living being.”—New Catholic Encyclopedia (1967), Vol. XIII, pp. 449, 450.

“The Hebrew term for ‘soul’ (nefesh, that which breathes) was used by Moses . . . , signifying an ‘animated being’ and applicable equally to nonhuman beings. . . . New Testament usage of psychē (‘soul’) was comparable to nefesh.”—The NewEncyclopædia Britannica (1976), Macropædia, Vol. 15, p. 152.

Here is a great illustration that helps us appreciate the difference between soul & spirit…(my highlights)

The soul and the spirit are not the same. The body needs the spirit in much the same way as a radio needs electricity—in order to function. To illustrate this further, think of a portable radio. When you put batteries in a portable radio and turn it on, the electricity stored in the batteries brings the radio to life, so to speak. Without batteries, however, the radio is dead. So is another kind of radio when it is unplugged from an electric outlet. Similarly, the spirit is the force that brings our body to life. Also, like electricity, the spirit has no feeling and cannot think. It is an impersonal force. But without that spirit, or life-force, our bodies “expire, and back to their dust they go,” as the psalmist stated.

Speaking about man’s death, Ecclesiastes 12:7 states: “The dust [of his body] returns to the earth just as it happened to be and the spirit itself returns to the true God who gave it.” When the spirit, or life-force, leaves the body, the body dies and returns to where it came from—the earth. Comparably, the life-force returns to where it came from—God. (Job 34:14, 15; Psalm 36:9) This does not mean that the life-force actually travels to heaven. Rather, it means that for someone who dies, any hope of future life rests with Jehovah God. His life is in God’s hands, so to speak. Only by God’s power can the spirit, or life-force, be given back so that a person may live again. ~excerpt What Does the Bible Really Teach

Is there a spirit part of man that survives the death of the body? NO! when an appliance/machine/car stops working/functioning…no electricity/unplugged or no gas/no juice…it’s used up and gone. Soul and spirit work together and without each other/relationship of life…no function/no work/no life exists.

Simple logic and…clear identification of “soul” and “spirit”…sparks/lights the brain!:)