I have referred to the soul in various blogs, It is well with my soul, It is well with my soul – Part 2, and My journey to find my soul mate. Some readers have suggested that I elaborate on the theme of the soul.
What is the soul? I found this definition on Google. “The soul is the self, the “I” that inhabits the body and acts through it. Without the soul, the body is like a light bulb without electricity, a computer without the software, a space suit with no astronaut inside.”
This is not a religious definition, but I think that it explains that without the soul, the body would be zombie-like. Many movies, games, TV shows, etc., depict these strange soulless creatures, the undead. There have been very popular shows recently about people who have returned from the dead, such as The Returned, and Resurrection. It seems that some people like to imagine that we can return to this life, rather than the idea that our soul moves on to a better place after death.
Is there any evidence of the soul? For example, does the soul have a weight? On April 10, 1901, an unusual experiment was conducted in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Dr. Duncan MacDougall was going to prove that the human soul had mass, and was therefore, measurable. I find this pretty amazing. The 21 gram theory. After this experiment, Dr. MacDougall was planning to photograph the soul leaving the body, but he died before being able to pursue this goal.
Most of us wonder if there is life after death. Does our soul leave our body at the time of death and travel to another destination?
All religions have their interpretation of Heaven. There are those, however, who do not participate in any religious beliefs. Atheists, for example, disbelieve or lack belief in the existence of God or gods. Agnostics are people who claim neither faith nor disbelief in God. Some religions believe the soul reincarnates and that we live life after life for eternity, or until we finally “get it right.” And now the worship of the Devil himself is a growing phenomenon. The Bible refers to the Devil and Hell and the final battle between good and evil.
No one will know the answer about an afterlife until they die. That’s where faith enters the picture. I have had many questions throughout my life. I was raised by missionary parents, in Brazil, and there I saw extraordinary changes in people who had no belief system, or were very superstitious, and when they converted to a belief in their salvation through Jesus Christ, their lives changed completely in a miraculous manner.
I have always believed in my salvation, that my soul will go to Heaven and there I will see the face of God. I accepted Christ as my Savior and was baptized when I was in Brazil.
However, I have not lived a perfect life. I have committed just about every sin listed in the Bible. When my mother died of cancer in 1973, I rebelled totally against God and no longer believed that living a good life, as she had, would in any way protect us from enormous suffering. As a matter of fact, I decided that I’d rather have nothing to do with God.
The good news for me is that God didn’t forget about me. He was always there, watching over me and protecting me even when I was engaging in behaviors that could have killed me. He is a God of second, third, fourth and even more chances and I was definitely the “prodigal daughter.”
I can only tell you what I believe. I believe that Christ, the son of God, came to the Earth and died for our sins. The only requirement for eternal life is faith, to believe that salvation comes through Christ and this is a gift from God, the father, and our sins are forgiven. There are no other requirements other than “belief and faith.”
John 3:16 – King James version: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
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