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Our Consciousness is engaged with our Body but, Soul and Spirit too?
There is no way to separate our awareness of our bodies from our consciousness since the body’s senses are constantly supplying information about where we are, what we feel, hear and see. Our mind is embedded within the stream of data and brings together what we perceive as reality and our personal identity; it also integrates our short and long-term memories (our personal archive or database) . Is that all there is to it? Is that all we are? Are we just very advanced machines with sophisticated processors with vast stored databases? Few people will accept that, but why?
I would be hard pressed to think of a person I met who thought we were just living machines with a good memory.
I do not know about ESP (extra sensory perception) or details of the experiments being done around the world where scientists are augmenting humans with devices to add new senses (or even much about scientists replacing damaged sensory organs for that matter). I do believe most people with ordinary senses do suspect there is something beyond what this physical world presents. Not just thoughts of the meaning of life but, that there seems to be something more than just this physical reality we dwell within. Sure some may believe this vague sense can furnish a deeper meaning for life or, give meaning for the person pondering this question but, is it more than that? Is it just an artifact generated by our powerful brain that has vastly more capability than any other living creature that we are aware of? Or could our minds touch our souls subconsciously and our souls touch our spiritual nature?
Are we triune sentient beings? Body gives rise to mind; mind connects subconsciously to the soul; the soul is aware of our spiritual nature? Some people seem to believe that.
Some may also believe we are all connected in some way: we are just one big spirit or soul. They may believe people who have provided breakthroughs in human achievement obtained their ideas from some elsewhere, some altered state of reality or some parallel dimension (or universe). I however have a much simpler view.
I believe the human mind is capable of great achievements and especially when we advance our knowledge and abilities through teamwork – now we have the Internet and The World Wide Web to make collaboration easier. My belief does not end with that however: I believe in God the supreme being, Creator and providential ruler of all there is.
As a Christian I trust that the information about God, existence and reality, is all revealed in God’s Word.
Bible Excerpts on the Matter
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (ESV)
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your spirit and soul
and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 22: 36-37 (NIV)
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “ ‘ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ‘ . . .
Psalm 139:14 (ESV)
I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.
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