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Is Our Brain Our Soul

Can someone explain to me that if the soul is supposed to be our mind, will and emotions and how does the physical brain figure in? Does our brain influence our soul? How are they connected?

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blogger: "You need to remember that [sic] Soul in old Testament [sic] usage and a completely different definition then [sic] it [sic] use in the New Testament"

Apparently, the writers of the New Testament, and Jesus Himself, didn't think so. They all quoted from The Old Testament and called it ALL inspired, yet they never mentioned a change in the definition of the "soul".
---jerry6593 on 11/11/10


cliff, A-men. We the born-again Christians will ever live with our Lord Jesus in the kingdom of heaven.
---Eloy on 11/10/10


judy: Maybe the following analogy will help:

The body is like a computer's hardware.

The mind is the software.

God's breath of life is the electricity.

The functioning person is the running application.

When God pulls the plug, the application ceases until He plugs it in again. It does not continue to run on its own without hardware or electricity.
---jerry6593 on 11/10/10


On the assumption we all agree that the soul is essentially mind(intellect),will and emotions.(our psyche)and spirit life breathed in us and the part that can communicate with God. The physical body is temporal.Brain is part of the physical body.Just want to understand the tie between our physical mind and our soul mind.Do they work together,influence eachother,have different functions?please explain
---judy on 11/10/10


Blogger, great answer brother. The soul is sometimes referred to as spirit.
Both body and soul are created by God and are distinct aspects of our personal makeup. The biblical view of human beings differs sharply from the Greek views. They believed our body and soul make up a "duality, not dualism."
The biblical view of the body is that it is created good and has no inherent evil in its physical substance. Yet it suffers from moral corruption just like the soul. Human beings are sinful in both body and soul. For the Greek, salvation ultimately meant redemption 'from' the body, Christianity, far from teaching redemption "from" the body, teaches redemption "of" the body.
---Mark_V. on 11/10/10




You need to remember that Soul in old Testament usage and a completely different definition then it use in the New Testament and and a New Testament definition of of a term will most often me erroneous if applied to an Old Testament verse. That is why it is important if you are ever going to understand scripture to know Hebrew and Greek well enough to be able to Think and Reason in Hebrew and Greek that way you don't make stupid errors in textual interpretation.
---Blogger9211 on 11/9/10


Trudy, now for the second part, the one thing we should remember are the words of Jesus concerning soul, "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" Matt. 10:28.
This passage tells us two things, man can kill the body but cannot kill the soul. So if a man dies the physical body dies, but not the soul.
Second, it tells us that God is the only One who can kill both body and soul in hell. Meaning that while the body dies, the soul remains active and does not die as so many believe. In hell God can destroy the soul if He so chooses to do so.
---Mark_V. on 11/9/10


Eloy, Very well written description of "we are fearfully and wonderfully made"
Obviously God never meant Adam (or mankind) to live temporarily, our bodies are renewed cell for cell in a 7 year period. Daily we lose millions of cells, daily we gain millions of new ones. The curse of (death) ageing limits the number of new cells as we age!
---1st_cliff on 11/9/10


Truly an intricate building is the human being: strong bones and teeth for their purposes, and internal organs for their purposes, two eyes made to see outwardly, a nose with two nostrils to smell things and to breathe air, two ears to hear sounds, two hands to work with and to write and hold things, two feet to move from place to place, private parts to eliminate waste and to reproduce, growing skin and hair and nails to protect and to decorate.
---Eloy on 11/9/10


John G. Lake did a study on this. There is a book on him that has sermons, his life, and other aspects of his ministry. It is put out by Kenneth Copeland Publishing and it will answer the questions you are asking.
---Linda on 11/9/10




SOUL = Body + beath of God
Genesis 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.

DEATH= Body - breath of God
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
---francis on 11/9/10


Catherine, you are correct. To say that the Holy Spirit is in you is not to point out where the Holy Spirit is physically located, but rather to acknowledge that you have come into an intimate, personal relationship with Him through faith and repentance. As such, the preposition "in" is not a locational but a relational term. Similarly, when Jesus says, "the Father is in Me, and I in the Father" He is not speaking of physical location but "intimacy of relationship." Furthermore, to deny that the Holy Spirit is spatially locatable within us is not to deny that He is "actively locatable within us," working redemptevely to conform us to the image of Christ. He dwells the believers.
---Mark_V. on 11/9/10


Catherine 2: Since the fall of Adam, all descendants die phisically and die spiritually. They lost their intimacy relationship with God. He is far from their minds. When we are reborn, God draws man to Himself and again brings them to an intimacy relationship with Him. We are alive to God, spiritually. Born of the Spirit.
According to Scripture the Holy Spirit is not a physical being, thus to ask where the Spirit is, is to confuse categories. Asking questions about a Being who does not have extension in space makes about as much sense as asking what the color blue taste like. "Will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have build" 1 Kings 8L27.
---Mark_V. on 11/9/10


Judy, organically, nerve endings throughout our bodies will feel pain and stress or excitation and relief, and will convey these feelings and impulses to the mind and the heart and record them on the soul. The human being is not a fragmented creation, but every part from the lungs which breathe the air in and out, to the vessels which carry the blood, to the soul which holds every experience that we have ever experienced in life, all working together to make up the complete human being. When a person becomes born-again, God takes that base and separated nature, and recreates a new creation which now is infused with his Holy Spirit.
---Eloy on 11/9/10


Catherine 3: When He says, "I will never leave you" it's in relationship. Never again will God separate from us as Scripture declares, "Who can separate us from the love of God..etc?" No one.
also depending on the context, the soul is sometimes referred to as spirit. But Orthodox theology does not believe that human beings are conceived of three distinct parts: Body, soul and spirit.
It is important to remember the human soul is created by God and is not inherently eternal, though not composed of matter, it is nevertheless capable of being distroyed by God. The soul cannot exist for a moment apart from the sustaining power of God. "In Him we live and move and have our being" Acts 17:28.
---Mark_V. on 11/9/10


Friends, I get what Spirit and Soul are. What I do not get that if soul -are breathed in life which includes are personality-mind and will and emotions-if our soul chooses what to think on and what to choose.How does the physical brain compare?Is our emotions felt in the Limbic system of brain or in our soul as the Bible suggests-both?
---judy on 11/9/10


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Born again man is spirit for that which is born of the Spirit IS spirit.

Man has a soul that consists of the mind, will, emotions, personality, and imagination amongst other things pertaining to man.

The spirit that man is lives in the body.

So you have man is a spirit, he has a soul, and he lives in a body. When man is born again, it is his spirit that receives the newness of life and is instantly changed. The mind must still be renewed to the truth in the spirit of man. The body will be changed as the mind is renewed. The foundational Scriptures are
1 Thess.5:23, Romans 12:1,2, and John 3:6
---Linda on 11/7/10


Judy: Our physical brain functions solely to house (contain) our spirit/soul. When Spirit God made physical man, He breathed His Spirit (Life) into Adam & he became a living soul. This speaks to man being made into God's likeness, i.e., a "living spirit". Again, the brain only houses & has no interactive influence upon our soul. Our individual soul somehow, by Devine mandate, operates inside our brains.

"How are they connected?" If you mean how can a physical container house one's soul/spirit, well only God knows! All I can say is it is what it is. :) Have faith in God!!!
---Leon on 11/7/10


Peter, What scripture says the soul "survives" death?
FYI Soul (nephesh Heb.-Psyche Gr.)is mentioned over 800 times in the bible, not once does it say immortal, deathless or never dieing!
---1st_cliff on 11/6/10


Peter: "the soul survives until God gives a new brain at the resurrection"

Supporting scripture, please.
---jerry6593 on 11/6/10


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Hi, Judy . . . you said, "if our soul is supposed to be our mind, will and emotions" > I would say also our feeling capability, feeling at both the physical and spiritual levels. Our soul is our experiencing self who feels spiritually and physically, then. Our soul is spiritual, but with ability to sense what is happening physically.

Paul says, "and be renewed in the spirit of your mind," (Ephesians 4:23) > so our "mind" spiritual is therefore not our physical brain.

And our will's choosing and our emotions start, then, deeper than our physical brain. We use our brains for relating with this material world, but this is very limited.
---Bill on 11/6/10


catherine, ha ha catherine. Sinners presume that they are saved and are the prophets of my God, but their works and their words betray them that they are none of us. You blaspheme the born-again Christians sanctified of God with your words "ghoulish gook": this blasphemy is not from my Christ. but from the unconverted heart of catherine. But after you genuinely become saved, then you will also become genuinely a part of Christ's body and will honor rather than dis the words that we preach from Christ, but until this happens, you are moved by your sensual impulses and carnal mind rather than the Spirit from Christ.
---Eloy on 11/6/10


The only certain answer I can see is that both (soul, brain and mind) are all God-given.

I generally assume the soul to be something outside the brain BECAUSE after we die, the brain disappears (rots) while the soul survives until God gives a new brain at the resurrection
---Peter on 11/6/10


Eloy, what is this ghoulish gook you are preaching today! People, why do you listen to false prophets? You had better be paying attention to me....At least, I know God.
---catherine on 11/6/10


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The soul is not the mind, and the soul is not the spirit, they are separate. Each person is made up of a body which is the building or flesh, a spirit which is the breath or aspiration, and a soul which is the life or anima. The soul can be living or dead. When one dies the spirit leaves the body and soul, and goes back to God. The body and soul remain behind on earth, until that time that the Lord will call for the dead to rise. (Mark 12:30, Acts 17:25, I Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 4:12).
Many times in scripture, the word "soul" is synonymous with the word "life". "Then Yhwh God shaped man, even the soil of the ground, and breathed into his face the breath of life. So man was made a living soul." Genesis 2:7.
---Eloy on 11/6/10


francis: "There is no chance of anyone existing after death."

Sure there is!

1Co 15:22 ... even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

After a dirt nap, the righteous will be resurrected at Jesus' second coming and caught up to be with Him forever, and the wicked will be resurrected 1000 years later for their appointment with the lake of fire.

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection
---jerry6593 on 11/6/10


There is no chance of anyone existing after death.

Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

to DIE means to CEASE to exist.

here is the punctuation mark on that,
Genesis 3:19 for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

In clearer words adam ws to return to the lump of clay / dust he was before he was alive. with no thouht, no memory no nothing'

and here is the echo:
Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing.
---francis on 11/5/10


Often the soul is equated with the total person. You'll find this in==Romans 13:1. There will be affliction and distress for every human being [soul] who does evil....Jesus said it, "Don't fear those that are able to kill the body but are not able to kill the soul, but rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in HELL"...."For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life [soul]"....Scripture clearly teaches, if anyone is interested, that persons continue to exist consciously AFTER PHYSICAL DEATH. Paul===being absent from the body with being present with Christ, if you are saved. Ecc. 12:7===These still live, their souls having returned to GOD, if saved from HELL. Hallelujah.
---catherine on 11/5/10


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If you want to get really technical,Lev.17.11 says the soul is in the blood!
KJV and NIV both use the word "life" here but the Strong's Concordance shows they substituted the word life from the Heb. nephesh (soul)#5315 Look it up!
Of course I'm wondering "why?" Makes you think huh?
---1st_cliff on 11/5/10


I don't know the answers but the question makes me think of the Scripture "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" and the brain is certainly proof of that! A truly unique instrument God put together!
---Mary on 11/5/10


The Bible gives a clear answer:

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.

So we can readily see that we do not HAVE souls - we ARE souls. Our bodies and God's breath of life are the components of our souls, and we can't exist without both.

Psa 146:4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth, in that very day his thoughts perish.
---jerry6593 on 11/5/10


A living soul is a living sentient creature (man or animal) When they die they are "dead" souls. The words "immortal souls" is a lie. NOWHERE in scripture do these words appear!
The brain contains your personality that begins to form at birth and is re-created at resurrection! Everyone is unique and different.Decisions,choices (religious persuasions) are made in your brain/mind!
Influences from all quarters are daily bombarding our thoughts, the "onus" is upon each of us to make right choices!
Surprising is the number who let others make their choices!
---1st_cliff on 11/5/10


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The brain controls virtually every move our body makes. The various chemicals it produces effects how we respond to stress, how much pain we feel or how much pleasure, and how our organs function. The brain allows us to sleep, to awaken, and to problem-solve. There is much evidence that even basic personality traits are genetically determined. So, I would say the brain is certainly the engine of the soul.

The Spirit is directly God-given and difficult for us to identify and describe. It transcends the brain and is eternal.

Fortunately God (The Holy Spirit) is greater than the body and soul, and is able to overide them at any time.
---Donna66 on 11/4/10


I realize this may be a burden to many of you, but if you do an online KJV search for the word "soul" then you'll find your answer(s).
---Steveng on 11/4/10


yes I know that the spirit communicates with Holy Spirit and forms connection.But the soul is slightly different from the Spirit.It is supposed to be the mind(intellect),will and emotions.How does this figure with physical brain.Is the brain our mind or is the soul?brain controls cognitive thinking?Limbic system-emotions?So how do soul and brain interact?
---judy on 11/4/10


I was taught in theology classes that the soul is the mind ,will ,and emotions. the difference between man and animals is we are made in Gods image with a spirit,no other creature has a spirit besides humans.the soul is the middle ground between the flesh and the spirit,through the mind,will,and emotions we perceive the world around us,but much more important we disern the things of the spirit,Gods word,Gods ways. It is this spirit which gives man his sense of right and wrong,good and evil.
---tom2 on 11/4/10


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Soul in the bible hasmore than one meaning

First meaning of soul is LIVING BEING, which is made up of a Body and thebreath of God:

Genesis 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.

Leviticus 5:1 And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and [is] a witness, whether he hath seen or known [of it], if he do not utter [it], then he shall bear his iniquity.
---francis on 11/4/10


The brain is part of the physical body, but it could be the interface between soul and body. (This idea can be neither proven nor disproven.)

Soul and body, or if you like spirit, soul, and body, are supposed to work together and NOT be opposed.

Part of Christian ascetic struggle is getting them reintegrated, instead of out of adjustment as they are now for most of us.
---Cluny on 11/4/10


No. Our "soul" is our breath of life. in genisis it says that God made Adam a living soul by breathing the breath of life through his nostrils.
Once we die & "sleep" in the grave (sheol/hell) the breath of life leaves us & returns to God. it will be given to us again at the ressurection.
---candice on 11/4/10


Our brain is connected to our soul in the sense that when the Holy Spirit in us speaks to our spirit, we understand it by our brains communication of it to us in our understanding. It is like this: The Holy Spirit speaks to our spirit, then our brain picks it up and translates this communication into terms we understand. It is like Jesus speaking a parable that we cannot understand, and then translating that parable into terms we do understand.
---Leslie on 11/4/10


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Genesis 35:18 For it came to pass,as her soul was in departing,(for she died)-.this shows the soul couldn't be the brain because the brain wouldn't be departing the body. The brain is the power source which runs our cognitive(thinking) abilities and sends signals to the rest of the body to give it instructions how to perform all the intricate workings required for us to function as a human being,it all is body. For Christians the Spirit of God directs the soul. The soul is spirit(ours,spirit of man) not physical. Ecclesiastes 3:21 Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward,-. When my Christian Greatgrandmother died,family was praying around the bed,my aunt looked up in time to see a filmy white soul/spirit leaving GGmothers body.
---Darlene_1 on 11/4/10


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