I’ve heard a number of people say, “Why would a man choose the life that doesn’t have a soul?”
The life that is not has a soul is the most difficult to describe. We cannot even say why. In many ways, the life in the realm of the dead is a different, more difficult, and far less rewarding to us than a perfect, perfect being is to us.
But, if we look at it more closely, this is a very real question I have been asking. Is it true that a man can choose a life that is in a realm of the dead? I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer that, as the vast majority of the answers I’ve come up with so far have focused on the first part of the question and not the second. I have also received a few “No”s about this.
The “Why do a man choose to live in a life that is not?” question is very difficult to answer. It’s an answer that is almost as hard as the reason one would choose to live a life of sin, and I have heard it repeated as if it was a simple, one-off thought, “Oh right. You just need to be careful. Life is so beautiful.” The fact of the matter is, no matter how you look at it, there are very few things as good as having a perfect body. The soul, being an imperfect being, is at least one more thing that you have to deal with on a daily, everyday basis.
So, this “why man choose to live in a life that is not?” question is something I will always have some questions for you and your family.
What is a ‘Living Being’
A living creature is an immortal, conscious, living creature. A living man is, indeed, an in some way immortal, conscious, living, human being. And for a man to be an immortal, conscious, living creature, he must have “all of the essential characteristics of an immortal” and “must possess all of his basic attributes (i.e., the soul and body, intellect and will).
An individual without a soul and a body cannot be an immortal, conscious, living creature.”
So the answer is, not to be an immortal, conscious, living creature, but to have all of the essential characteristics, the “all of the essential characteristics of an immortal”. That’s not to say the “all” is everything, and it is not. For example, an unenlightened man is not an immortal, conscious, living creature, for the same reason that a man that is unenlightened does not have, “all the essential characteristics of an immortal.” So, if a man needs an angel to save him from a life of sin, it is the “essential” to have the body that can do so, not the intellect or “all the essential characteristics of an immortal” that can save him from sin.
What is a ‘Soul’ – in philosophy way
In many religious, philosophical, and mythological traditions, the soul is the incorporeal essence of a living being. Soul or psyche comprises the mental abilities of a living being: reason, character, feeling, consciousness, memory, perception, thinking, etc. Depending on the philosophical system, a soul can either be mortal or immortal.
Greek philosophers, such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, understood that the soul (ψυχή psūchê) must have a logical faculty, the exercise of which was the most divine of human actions. At his defense trial, Socrates even summarized his teachings as nothing other than an exhortation for his fellow Athenians to excel in matters of the psyche since all bodily goods are dependent on such excellence.
If a man is, in fact, an immortal, consciousness, and an incorporeal, soul or “all of the essential characteristics of an immortal,” then he is an immortal, conscious, human being with all the “basic,” the “basic,” the “basis,” the “core,” the “foundation,” the “heart and soul,” the “soul and heart,” and all of the “basic,” the “basis,” and all of the “foundation” of a perfect being.
So, if a man has the body that can be an immortal, “basic,” “basic body,” and the soul from which the body can be formed and the soul that “gives power” to my personal feeling.
In Judaism and in some Christian denominations, only human beings have immortal souls (although immortality is disputed within Judaism and the concept of immortality may have been influenced by Plato).
For example, the Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas attributed “soul” (anima) to all organisms but argued that only human souls are immortal. Other religions (most notably Hinduism and Jainism) hold that all living things from the smallest bacterium to the largest of mammals are the souls themselves (Atman, jiva) and have their physical representative (the body) in the world. The actual self is the soul, while the body is only a mechanism to experience the karma of that life.
So, a person, for example, does not possess immortal souls, but they are also alive. Thus, it is the soul that ultimately makes them immortal or “soul-dead” and therefore can be reincarnated (see section “Reincarnation”).
So, what about karma? Well, according to Christianity, the soul is created and preserved by the Son. This is also supported in the Bible and other religious sources. As such, it is important to understand that the Bible does not necessarily support this theory.
The fact that Jesus was called “saviour”, “father” and “giver of life” (Matthew 7:18–23) does not necessarily indicate that Jesus’ soul will remain the same forever. So, according to Christianity, the soul is not immortal because it is created and preserved by the Son, but it is preserved because Jesus’ soul is the only soul present in the world that is actually alive.
The Catholic theologian Joseph Ratzinger stated that God created Jesus “in order that a man might die for the sake of God’s glory,” but this theory is not necessarily supported by Catholic scriptures.
This is because Ratzinger believed that the reason Jesus is so important to the Christians and the “soul-dead” theories do not necessarily make sense. If “soul-dead” is a synonym for immortality it is because it refers to the soul which is created and preserved by God.
For Jesus to be the only soul that exists is because he is the sole soul present in the world. Thus, the soul in the Bible is actually immortal, but Jesus is not the only soul in the world (even if he does exist).
So, while it makes sense to accept the theory of immortality and reincarnation, it is not always the case. Some may argue that the reason for belief in karma is because it helps the soul survive in a physical body for a long time and then be reincarnated as a human being. This, however, is not supported by Scripture.
If reincarnation does in fact happen and there is a soul left (after death) in the body, then it is the soul that is alive and that has lived for eternity.
The second argument is based on the same principle discussed on reincarnation, but it has to be taken with a pinch of salt because many people do not accept the theory of karma but just believe that karma is real but not necessary to the existence of humanity. This makes the claim that karma is not really necessary for life so hard to accept.
There are a number of reasons for why this argument is problematic. First of all, even if the afterlife is real, there is no need for karma in order for humans to live forever, but this argument does not make sense either (see section “The Case Against Reincarnation”). If karma is necessary (or at least essential), then it should not be a barrier to the salvation of humankind because God knows what He wants us to do after death.
For example, if someone who has been tortured and murdered for life (by God) has no soul left in the body because of their torture, they would not be saved because God does not want us to be “saved” from death. This is not to say, however, that karma is not a possibility or that God has no plans or plans which are more important than the souls of those who were tortured and killed. This could be true, but even if karma is not an essential part of the soul’s existence, God must have created it in order for our soul to survive through our life here on Earth. So if God created the soul, then he must have created other souls, but why would the souls of those killed by their enemies in death need to be tortured and sacrificed to a God they do not even know? If we say that there is no need for karma in order for humans to live forever, then the reason we exist has no sense at all.
As the above argument shows, the issues of the existence of the soul, its purpose and possible immortality run through many cultures and religions around the world.
The topic that I started today will be continued, if this is the will of the readers.
I realize that the issues are quite controversial and may cause political in atheists, but in a strict, psychological and religious sense, I think it is worth continuing these considerations.
if you think otherwise – please provide an appropriate comment.