Is the Soul and Spirit Are Distinct?

Soul and Spirit Are Distinct. The “spirit” (Heb., ru′ach; Gr., pneu′ma) should not be confused with the “soul” (Heb., ne′phesh; Gr., psy·khe′), for they refer to different things.

Thus, Hebrews 4:12 speaks of the Word of God as ‘piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints and their marrow.’ (Compare also Php 1:27; 1Th 5:23.)

As has been shown, the soul (ne′phesh; psy·khe′) is the creature itself.

The spirit (ru′ach; pneu′ma) generally refers to the life-force of the living creature or soul, though the original-language terms may also have other meanings.

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"Don't try to understand God with your limited mind"

that is very christian of you

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    The soul and the spirit are the two primary immaterial aspects that Scripture ascribes to humanity. It can be confusing to attempt to discern the precise differences between the two. The word “spirit” refers only to the immaterial facet of humanity. Human beings have a spirit, but we are not spirits. However, in Scripture, only believers are said to be spiritually alive (1 Corinthians 2:11; Hebrews 4:12; James 2:26), while unbelievers are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-5; Colossians 2:13). In Paul's writing, the spiritual was pivotal to the life of the believer (1 Corinthians 2:14; 3:1; Ephesians 1:3; 5:19; Colossians 1:9; 3:16). The spirit is the element in humanity which gives us the ability to have an intimate relationship with God. Whenever the word “spirit” is used, it refers to the immaterial part of humanity that “connects” with God, who Himself is spirit (John 4:24).

    The word “soul” can refer to both the immaterial and material aspects of humanity. Unlike human beings having a spirit, human beings are souls. In its most basic sense, the word “soul” means “life.” However, beyond this essential meaning, the Bible speaks of the soul in many contexts. One of these is humanity’s eagerness to sin (Luke 12:26). Humanity is naturally evil, and our souls are tainted as a result. The life principle of the soul is removed at the time of physical death (Genesis 35:18; Jeremiah 15:2). The soul, as with the spirit, is the center of many spiritual and emotional experiences (Job 30:25; Psalm 43:5; Jeremiah 13:17). Whenever the word “soul” is used, it can refer to the whole person, whether alive or in the afterlife.

    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.

    http://www.gotquestions.org/soul-spirit.html

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  • “Soul” and “Spirit”—What Do These Terms Really Mean?

    WHEN you hear the terms “soul” and “spirit,” what comes to your mind? Many believe that these words mean something invisible and immortal that exists inside us. They think that at death this invisible part of a human leaves the body and lives on. Since this belief is so widespread, many are surprised to learn that it is not at all what the Bible teaches. What, then, is the soul, and what is the spirit, according to God’s Word?

    Source(s): Get the full story , read more , understand the bibles view. http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1102005156?q=so...
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  • 7 years ago

    Could you describe "the soul" and "the spirit" in way that does not rely on other words that have equally fluffy and undefined meanings.

    I'm not at this point trying to understand god, just what you believe the soul and spirit to be, because from your question, that is unclear.

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  • 7 years ago

    My advice? Don't try to understand God with your limited mind. You can comprehend a cup sitting on a table. You could even comprehend 3 or 4 cups sitting on a table but how do you comprehend an infinite amount of cups? When we get to a certain level I think we realize everything is One with no since of distinction or separation at all.

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  • 7 years ago

    There is no way to separate the "spirit/soul" from the body... they are one and the same.

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  • Moi
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    7 years ago

    yes its quite simple really

    soul = body + spirit

    the sum total of a human being's physical and spiritual self

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    This is not a Q again - it is a lecture. Soul - pysche

    I know all this.

    Mo

    An atheist

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  • 7 years ago

    So you ask a question then answer it with a delusional cult rant.

    Everything you touch, you corrupt

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  • 7 years ago

    If you see them metaphorically, then yeah, fine, they are two different things. If you are looking at this logically and rationally, neither actually exist as a real thing.

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