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Soul Same As Spirit

What is the human soul and is it different from the human spirit?

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Andy: "why does one need salvation" For the resurrection at the coming of Jesus.

1Th 4:15-17 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not precede them which are ASLEEP. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
---jerry6593 on 6/23/09


Jerry, why does one need salvation if he seizes to existn at death? please give me your ideas.
---andy3996 on 6/22/09


I believe that every soul is unique. we call it personality.It is the mind,will,and emotions,which God has designed as an intermediary between the flesh and spirit,and discerns our surroundings,circumstances,and spiritual matters.The soul is what uniquely makes each of us ,us.
---tom2 on 6/21/09


It is amazing to me that there is so much confusion on this question, when the Bible clearly defines the soul and the components of it. According to Gen 2:7, a "soul" is composed of two parts: dust of the earth and the breath of life from God. At death, the two parts separate, and the living, thinking soul ceases to exist:

Psa 146:4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth, in that very day his thoughts perish.
---jerry6593 on 6/20/09


the body soul and spirit theorie is based on the great commandment
where we are commanded in three parts. still body and soul might be connected (as proven through science and Spirit and soul is also connected. undivided as a being yet seperate in existence.
---andy3996 on 6/18/09




The spirit is God's breath and the real you. The soul is your mind, will, and emotions. They are two different things.
---Leslie on 6/17/09


Scripture speaks of Body,Soul AND Spirit.

Hebrews 4 as well makes these distinctions.

The Word of God pierces between soul and Spirit.
---kathr4453 on 6/17/09


Our spirit is marvelous. It comes from God Almighty if we are born again. I'm very fond of the terminology where Paul tells Timothy to stir up that spirit that is within you, because it is this spirit that each of us who are born again need to stir up. We need to constantly be aware of our reborn spirit. We need to sense and hear things with our reborn spirit and when we do so we will find it is literally the Holy Spirit speaking to us!!
---mima on 6/17/09


Spirit is often used as Breath. But it can also be used to refer to who we are. Like GOD being a Spirit. Or our Spirit.

Ecc 3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
Ecc 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place, for yielding pacifieth great offences.

So our true essence is spirit. Which for everyone goes to GOD.
Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
---Samuel on 5/14/09


John 4:24: "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
If Spirit is 'breath', can animals worship God? My Pomeranian certainly is not a God fearing Dog for sure!
---Nana on 5/14/09




The answer is different if you are using Hebrew or Greek.

Soul in old testament Hebrew is simply any living breathing creature. When you get into New Testament Greek the definition becomes spiritual essence but the two definitions can not cross between testaments.

You also need to understand that multiple Greek and Hebrew words can be translated into a single English word so definitions are often verse dependent.

Use high quality Bible software that you can click on any word in a verse and and see what the Hebrew or Greek definition is for that verse and you will not make errors in interpretation of text meanings and when a Bible verse is ripped out of surrounding context it is devoid of meaning and an act of blasphemy.
---Phil_the_Elder on 5/14/09


The word for soul and the word for Spirit are two different words. Spirit often refers to breath. Why we are a living soul according to the Bible.

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.

Here breathe of life uses the word Spirit.
---Samuel on 5/13/09


It's my understanding that the soul is the fullness of the human being and the spirit is but a singular element thereof.
---Pharisee on 5/13/09


I am just as confused about this one myself. You are not alone.
---amand6348 on 5/12/09


Man is a spirit, has a soul(mind, will, emotions, reasoning), and dwells in a body which has the 5-senses. (1Thessalonians 5:23)

You ARE A spirit because God is a Spirit. (John 4:24, Genesis 1:26)

You are a tripart being because the Godhead is.(Genesis 1:26, 1John 5:7)

You have a soul.(Psalm 34:1-3)

You are in a body.(1Corinthians 6:19, Romans 7)

Answering your question, yes the human soul is different from the spirit of man.
---Rickey on 5/12/09


To be absent from the body is to be present with God. So how ever you look at it when the spirit of life leaves the soul leaves and all that is left returns to the dust it was created from. Seems to be straining at dictionary terms.
---Don on 5/12/09


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John and Vicki are each unique, and so each has given a unique answer (o: I happen to be unique, too (o: So . . . spirit can mean "breath". Soul can mean "life". And one's spiritual breath and life are not really different from each other. I understand that our soul is spiritual, and is our conscious selves experiencing both the spiritual and physical realities. We do spiritually react to and deal with physical things. That's our soul doing this, I'd say. And as we get cleansed and corrected, more and more we experience God personally, in His love having Heaven's beauty of pleasant rest > "you will find rest for your souls." (in Matthew 11:29) > and this in our *souls* is *spiritual*, therefore of our spirit.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/11/09


And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7)

Does the soul suffer from hunger? Proverbs 19:15

How many souls were saved by water? 1 Peter 3:20

"...and every living soul died in the sea. Revelation 16:3

Actually, do an online KJV bible search for "soul." It will do a better job to know the difference - if not so confusing.
---Steveng on 5/11/09


Apparently not too many do bible research.
Gen.2.7 man "became a living soul" that's what a soul is--a living sentient creature.
According to the concordance animals are also living souls! (nephesh-Hebrew,psyche-Greek)
Spirit has more than one meaning IE (ruach-Hebrew,pneuma -Greek) Simplest definition is "air,breath" Pneumonia is a respiratory problem,pneumatic is "air driven" (machinery)
Also a mental disposition IE mean spirited,high spirits etc..
Christmas spirit, spirit of '76 etc..
Spirit creatures like Angels, demons,seraphim teraphim etc and GOD!
---1st_cliff on 5/11/09


May I suggest that the three are distinct, but are not supposed to be opposed to each other.
---katavasia on 5/11/09


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As far as I can tell, the soul is the place in us that needs salvation, the place where we experience pain and joy. It's not the same as the spirit. The spirit is the place inside of the heart where the Holy Spirit lives once we receive Him. The Holy Spirit cannot live in an imperfect place. The soul is imperfect and will be in a state of recovery until we reach heaven. The soul is messed up and needs help. The spirit is perfect, It has to be or HS cannot live there.
---Vicki on 5/11/09


Man is body,soul,and spirit. The body is the flesh. The soul is the life that is in the body. The spirit is that which lives forever, spiritual, not physical.
---john on 5/11/09


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