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What's the difference between your soul and your spirit?

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Asked by 35yoamom at 12:35 AM on Aug. 5, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • i always thought they were the same thing. kinda like dinner and supper or couch and sofa. it's your energy that remains after your body dies

    Answer by aliishott2 at 12:38 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • I don't really see a difference... to me they would just be the same word for the energy or life force that animates living beings that plainly is gone after death.

    Answer by Freela at 12:40 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • Human beings are souls but spirits are not human beings.
    Your emotions reside in the soul!
    Only those who are believers have a spirit that is alive ( spiritually alive) those that do not are spiritually dead.

    The soul and the spirit are connected, but separable (Hebrews 4:12). The soul is the essence of humanity’s being; it is who we are. The spirit is the aspect of humanity that connects with God.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 12:41 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • Thanks Shaneagle

    Comment by 35yoamom (original poster) at 1:18 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • To me, they are the same. The part of God that lives in us.

    Answer by KelleyP77 at 2:58 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • The soul is life, or life force of the living. It is the ever changing aspect of life.

    The spirit is the essences of a thing, a person, an idea, a God. A loving person would possess a spirit of Love but that very person's own spirit would be far more complicated than that. It is the spirit of a person that lives on beyond death, in memory, in the effect they had on others during mortal life.

    Answer by isabellalecour at 8:50 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • Both are the piece of the divine force that remains after our mortal remains are gone. They are one and the same. Just as christians claim that their three-headed god is one and the same as Yahweh, Yeshua, and the holy spirit. Soul and spirit are the same light.

    Answer by witchqueen at 12:35 PM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • I don't really know what you mean by both terms, but in Judaism there's is a difference between the "Ruach" (I guess that would be the "spirit") and the "neshama" (the soul). According to kabbalah there are 5 different levels of a soul.

    All living creatures have a "soul" that gives them life, being created by G-d. But only humans have a G-dly soul and that's why we're theonly beings in creation capable of making moral choices.



    Answer by momto2boys973 at 1:05 PM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
    According to this verse, there IS a difference between the two. The soul is that immaterial part of man that gives physical life to our bodies 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. the soul of man is vastly different from the rest of created life because only man has a soul created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) and designed to be eternal. (continued....)

    Answer by missionarywifey at 5:04 PM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • The spirit of man is that immaterial part of us that has the capability to connect with God. According to Romans 5, when Adam sinned, the spirit in us died and we lost our capacity to know and connect with God. Although the passage doesn’t clearly state that it was the spirit that died, Paul’s reference in Romans 8:10 about the change in our spirit due to faith in Christ would indicate that the spirit was dead. In fallen man, that spirit is dead to God and destined to eternal separation unless it becomes alive by being reborn through faith in Christ. Remember Jesus’ words to Nicodemus in John 3, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” It was because of the condition of his spirit that Jesus said to Nicodemus “You must be born again.” He had been born once physically but now needed a spiritual rebirth since he was actually spiritually dead.

    Answer by missionarywifey at 5:06 PM on Aug. 5, 2010

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