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Paul Mathew

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Do we human have souls like religious texts prophesy? This is a question for religious people and atheists alike.

For long, it has been a question amongst us human beings whether a soul exists for human beings or not. This has mostly been highlighted in religious texts from Christianity, Islam, Hinduism to name a few.

When people say that they have been spiritually possessed or guided, it is assumed to be through one's soul? Atheists may not agree to this thought, to which I would like to ask where does the energy embodied in a human being go when he/she dies? This can be referred to the fact that the energy in the universe is a constant?

I would like a rounded view on this subject as to get a better idea as to what we should or should not believe.

Topics: ghosts soul

Closing Statement from Paul Mathew

All in all. It was a great conversation. Thanks to everyone for their respective views and theories.

I have concluded that, there is a soul indeed for every human being and it has been described in various forms. Regardless of different views, we humans live and die by it and all our emotions and the way we live is governed by it.

Let it continue to be so.

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  • Aug 1 2013: I'll refer to Pascal's Wager: If there, in fact, is a God and we choose to believe in him with a contrite heart, many religious texts say that you'll be rewarded for your faith and deeds (especially in the afterlife). The alternative is trying to (presumably) be a good person with no possibility of reward from a God gracious for your belief in him. If there is no afterlife then the faithful still had a pretty good doctrine for moral living. On the flip side, if the atheist dies and faces divine maker he did not believe in, well that's going to be a pretty raw deal considering they worked their whole life to be a decent person. (This, of course, is from a Christian perspective where humble and honest belief in Christ trumps any deeds a fallen and innately sinful people will be prone to.) If the Bible is true and the God I believe in is real, it seems more wise to carefully believe than not to... given the alternative of eternal nothingness.
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      Aug 21 2013: Hey Mr. Burns,

      I am a Syrian Orthodox Christian by baptism as my parents were born into the same religion too. I love being so.

      This belief of mine doesn't make me to blindly believe that if I be a christian and lead my life according to the bible I will be saved from treachery in my "afterlife". I see so many humans in my faith be good and bad characters, the same with people of other faiths or without faith too. (What is good and bad is another topic to discuss")

      So, assuming that GOOD (is not a questionable relative item) I believe that each religion or faith is only a way to attain NIRVANA or one to not harm other human beings / mother earth itself. So a person who is a Christian / Buddhist / Hindu for eg. does not get any extra advantage going into afterlife over any other religious or religionless person.

      We strive to making our soul pure and that will eventually make us lead a good life.
      • Aug 21 2013: Ok... So, since we are both Christians, you're saying that if we head to the afterlife to meet Allah that he'll be cool with us being infidels and let us in anyway because he is just a nice guy?

        Also, I'm not saying I believe that grace is received through our deeds but our belief:
        "...a good person with no possibility of reward from a God gracious for your belief in him."

        Just felt the need to point that particular caveat out. But even if one does believe that deeds will get you salvation (which in the context of Christian scripture is highly questionable if not outright false) then the varying religions would have a quite subjective idea of what "good" means. Your contention seems a bit utopian for my taste, but I like the optimism!

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