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Do some people believe there is no such thing as a soul?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Im sure "some people" don't. But a "soul" could be defined as many different things. A soul could be your living personality (what other people see you as), a soul could be what you believe you are (self image), a soul could be a metaphysical being exactly like yourself that operates exactly as you do in otherwordly situations. A soul is what you or your religion defines it as.

    I imagine the populace believes in "souls".

    I myself believe in only one soul, and that soul is the presence other people sense when im physically around them (in other words, my personality), and when I die, it dies. Anything that can think at the time of death has a soul (plants and embryos, fetus', etc. do not have souls to me)

  • 1 decade ago

    Many people do not believe and those who believe by and large do not have any clear idea about it... It is so abstract an idea and does not fall under the physical plane where you can have science study and define it.. But religions explain it differently... as spirit (ghost) or Atma and so on..

    The Hindus believe in transmigration of soul and explain the body as an external vesture for the spirit within which is a spark of divine clothed with an illusory instrument (the mind) and so forth, and that man takes another body after death till he exhausts the consequences of his actions (sins and good deeds).. IF he does all actions as offering to God without expecting any reward, then he is freed from consequences of his actions and said to reach Godhood...

    The knowledge of places where one had never gone to from birth or things one had never seen or read in this life have been reported over the years (which gave rise to the Para Psychology wing in many Universities) which was considered as proof of a life in the past for the spirit that now dons this body in this life...

    Some hypnotists in the west also have found (and said to be using in their treatment of some problems relating to fears) that there are past lives for each individual, details whereof are buried in one's deepest consciousness and could be brought into memory by hypnosis with benefit (in removing various phobias). A friend also showed me a book on this years ago but I had not noted the details of the book. But it is not a lone book on the subject and you may be able to come across many if you search the web sites.

    But the sceptics are bound to be there in every front. It is said that the soul knowledge will come if one leads a pure life free from hate and discord. I believe so.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hello =)

    I have never identified anything within myself that seems to be anything like a "soul"...

    I have searched for some 30 years in vain. Nope, Nada, Nichts...it's not there.

    I am not so silly as to believe that this is the universal condition of humanity, however. I do not wish to judge. I simply maintain that "I" do not have a soul.

    This is likely why I am a Buddhist, I think.

    Namaste,

    --Tom

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, some people believe that we have no soul

    Our soul is what keeps us higher than the animals

    thus proving that evolution is fake

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Some believe this.

    The soul is that part of us that was made in Gods image. Most people confuse the physical self with the spiritual self. If your spirit is like a fine wine, your body is like the bottle that it comes in. We throw it away when we are done with it. The soul is immortal.

  • 1 decade ago

    you are a living soul. Dust/body + Mind/heart + Spirit/breath = soul

    We are souls.

    When we die, we goto sleep in the grave, we don't have some wierd out of body experience.

  • 1 decade ago

    A soul is a marketing device invented by self-help gurus like Deepak Chopra who would like to sell you their books on how to elevate your 'soul' to a heightened state of conciousness.

    The 'soul' is a multi-billion dollar industry.

  • 1 decade ago

    Does the soul exist? That is an interesting question.

    How do we cure world hunger? - is even a better question.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Only those who are lying to themselves. It's possible to do that because of sin in our life that makes us lose our conscience. But our conscience can be restored so that it operates as the function it was originally if we repent and turn to God in humility. We can only do that if God calls us to himself. We don't choose him. He chooses us and calls us and if we feel his call in the form of conviction then he will provide the faith we need to answer his call.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I do not believe in a soul or a god.

    Simply put, I see no empirical evidence thereof.

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