What is a 'spirit'?

How would you define it?

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  • 7 years ago
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    Definition: The Hebrew word ru′ach and the Greek pneu′ma, which are often translated “spirit,” have a number of meanings. All of them refer to that which is invisible to human sight and which gives evidence of force in motion. The Hebrew and Greek words are used with reference to (1) wind, (2) the active life-force in earthly creatures, (3) the impelling force that issues from a person’s figurative heart and that causes him to say and do things in a certain way, (4) inspired utterances originating with an invisible source, (5) spirit persons, and (6) God’s active force, or holy spirit.

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  • 7 years ago


    The word spirit is used in several ways in the scriptures. Probably the basic use has to do with the conscious intelligent individual entity that had an existence previous to mortality. That is, all forms of living things—man, beast, and vegetation—existed as individual spirits, before any form of life existed upon the earth. The spirit is in the likeness of the physical body, as demonstrated in Gen. 2:5. Furthermore, all spirit is matter but is more refined and pure than mortal element.

    Every person is literally a son or a daughter of God, having been born as a spirit to Heavenly Parents previous to being born to mortal parents on the earth (Heb. 12:9). Thus each one of us is a dual being: an immortal spirit body, clothed with a body of flesh and bone. As defined in scripture, the spirit and the body constitute the mortal soul (see also Gen. 2:7). A spirit can live independent of a body, but the body cannot live without the spirit (James 2:26). In the Resurrection, the immortal spirit is reunited with the same body of flesh and bone it possessed as a mortal, with two major differences: The union will be permanent, and the body will be immortal and perfected.

  • 1001©
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    A "spirit" is a supernatural entity, a transcendental being, especially one inhabiting a place and/or having a particular character. God and Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are Spirits. The angels of God who serve Him are spirits. There are also 'fallen angels' who are evil and are under the directive of Satan. All spirits are invisible to the human eye. The 'evil' spirits are the ones that Christians are "at war" with:

    Ephesians 6:12

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

    There is also the human spirit. It is our spirit which includes our intellect, emotions, fears, passions, and creativity. The human spirit provides us the unique ability to comprehend and understand (Job 32:8, 18). It is the human spirit that gives us a consciousness of self and other remarkable, though limited, qualities.

  • 7 years ago

    First, let me say that everyone is NOT a child of God. You have to be "born again" into the family of God to become a child of God.

    If you have not been born again, then you are a creation or creature of God.

    If or when you die, your body decays and your spirit departs from the body; that is the REAL you. The real you, (your spirit) will go to one of two places... heaven or hell. That's it. There is NO purgatory. A person needs to prepare for eternity while on this earth because you don't get another chance once you die and leave this earth. The Holy Bible tells us that we get three-score and ten years on this earth unless we are killed in an accident, or war/combat or possibly get a terminal ill disease.

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  • 7 years ago

    An invisible entity that can or can not influence the physical realm. Some spirits can also possess physical things or people.

    Humans are believed to possess a spirit.

    Source(s): They are real, but don't mess with evil ones. They are nasty bastards that will suck your life away. Experience...
  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    A spirit is an energy-essence that is part of everyone and everything -- though it can detach.

    In some cases, it forms a portion of what we call consciousness. In most other cases, it exists at a sub-sentient level.

  • 7 years ago

    A spirit is a group of Memes or thoughts that is self aware.

  • sprite
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    It's a word to describe things that people can't see, but believe exist. Basically, nonsense.

  • Shane
    Lv 4
    7 years ago

    A delusion of a personality or "soul" that exists without a body.

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