The concept of the soul is one that has a murky understanding in our religious thought. It has been difficult to define. Here's another attempt, found in this article from the popular religious press, called: The Spirit And The Soul Are Not The Same Thing -- Here's Why By Lisa Capretto.
In an effort to help anyone looking for real answers regarding the soul vs the Spirit, we've made a blog (below) that is full of Urantia Book teachings about this vital aspect of human life...The Urantia Book explains the soul completely!
But in this article from the popular press, we see the confusion about the soul clearly:
" Thomas Moore has been a lifelong spiritual seeker and teacher who spent 13 years as a Catholic monk before earning his PhD in religious studies, and as he explains on an episode of "SuperSoul Sunday," the spirit and the soul are actually two very different things.
" 'The spirit is that part of us and part of our life that wants more, that wants to transcend, that wants to grow, that wants to move into a better world, that wants to improve ourselves,' Moore says. 'So, even going to school might be a movement of the spirit... Or picking up a book you want to read.'
" 'The soul -- the deep soul -- has more to do with things that are very ordinary, part of ordinary life that you feel intimately,' Moore says. 'The first point about the soul, is the soul needs a home. It needs a sense of home.' "
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In some ways, the descriptions above could be somewhat aligned with what we know from The Urantia Book, but it might take a loooooong time to come around to the truth. The revelation of The Urantia Book expedites that time, and helps us to know the facts NOW.
It's an age-old question: What is the soul? Before The Urantia Book arrived on the world scene, many ambitious attempts have been made to figure it out; Urantia Book readers are gifted with the facts about the soul. And it is a revelation for YOU, too...
Here are some of the basics when thinking about the soul and the Spirit, as explained in The Urantia Book. The following passage is taken from TruthBook's topical study of Urantia Book teachings on THE SOUL:
What is the soul? Where does it come from? How does it function in the mortal being? What is the soul's destiny?
The Urantia Book reveals much information about the human soul. In its pages, we learn that our soul is a quite discrete entity which has a distinct beginning, followed by a growth cycle which extends throughout the mortal life and beyond.
The soul is born early in life - the Urantia Book estimates its appearance at about age five years on average. The first moral choice of the human mind marks the birth of the immortal soul, and signals the arrival of the http://truthbook.com/god/god-within-man Thought Adjuster - the indwelling Spirit of God which lives in the mind of every human, and which strives throughout the mortal life to guide this emerging soul in its growth. Thereafter, the soul grows with each and every decision of the human mind which is true, good and beautiful - in short, every decision that is aligned with the will of God.
This new spiritual entity becomes the embryonic form which grows over a lifetime into the immortal "vehicle of personality identity." It is in every way the spiritual counterpart of our mortal nature, but unlike the strictly human part of us, the soul is equipped to survive death, and after reunion with the personality and mind, to progress into the eternal life.
From its earliest inception the soul is real; it has cosmic survival qualities. ~ The Urantia Book, (16:9.2)
The soul is...the embryo of the future morontia vehicle of personality identity. ~ The Urantia Book, (111:3.2)
The concealed seed of the human soul is an immortal spirit. The second generation of the soul is the first of a succession of personality manifestations of spiritual and progressing existences, terminating only when this divine entity attains the source of its existence, the personal source of all existence, God, the Universal Father. ~ The Urantia Book, (132:3.6)
"The soul is the self-reflective, truth-discerning, and spirit-perceiving part of man which forever elevates the human being above the level of the animal world. ...the soul is that part of man which represents the potential survival value of human experience." ~ Jesus, The Urantia Book, (133:6.5)
Please click to read about the Spirit and the soul. The relationship between soul and Spirit is one of the most fascinating revelations of The Urantia Book.
Are you are Urantia Book reader? If not, you will do yourself a big favor by looking into its pages. Are you interested in concepts like the soul? Or do you want to know more about the Spirit within you? Do you wonder about what happens to your soul after death?
These are just a few of the great concepts that are finally revealed in their fullness for the spiritual uplift of our world. These concepts that have been so long shrouded in mystery and conjecture are now made clear and accessible by anyone who cares to seek - and find - the truth.
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