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Is there a difference between spirit and soul?

Q: What is the difference between your spirit and your soul?

A:  The Urantia Book makes the distinction between our "spirit" and our "soul" quite clear. The spirit is none other than the good Spirit of the Universal Father himself, who bestows himself on the minds of mortal beings. We are taught that this indwelling Spirit is called the Thought Adjuster, or Mystery Monitor, and it labors with us throughout our lives to help us "adjust" our thinking to correspond with the will of God.

"ALTHOUGH THE Universal Father is personally resident on Paradise, at the very center of the universes, he is also actually present on the worlds of space in the minds of his countless children of time, for he indwells them as the Mystery Monitors. The eternal Father is at one and the same time farthest removed from, and most intimately associated with, his planetary mortal sons." (107:0.1)

Our soul is the spiritual counterpart of each mortal life—an immortal entity that grows and evolves with every moral choice for goodness that we make throughout life. This soul is an evolutionary achievement that will survive mortal death, and which will progress into our eternal life.

"The soul of man is an experiential acquirement. As a mortal creature chooses to "do the will of the Father in heaven," so the indwelling spirit becomes the father of a new reality in human experience. The mortal and material mind is the mother of this same emerging reality..This is the emerging and immortal soul which is destined to survive mortal death and begin the Paradise ascension." (0:5.10)

These two realities—the Spirit and the soul—are forever intertwined in a human life. The Spirit works with us to help us create our soul, and both factors will survive and eventually fuse in eternity, creating an indestructible being of immortality status.

"THE MISSION OF the Thought Adjusters to the human races is to represent, to be, the Universal Father to the mortal creatures of time and space; that is the fundamental work of the divine gifts. Their mission is also that of elevating the mortal minds and of translating the immortal souls of men up to the divine heights and spiritual levels of Paradise perfection. And in the experience of thus transforming the human nature of the temporal creature into the divine nature of the eternal finaliter, the Adjusters bring into existence a unique type of being, a being consisting in the eternal union of the perfect Adjuster and the perfected creature which it would be impossible to duplicate by any other universe technique." (108:0.1)

For much more information on the soul, please see our study on the soul HERE.

And for more information on the indwelling Spirit of God, please go HERE .

Both of these studies will provide you with numerous links to Urantia Book teachings which will greatly enlarge your understanding of both the Spirit and the soul.

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