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Old 01-27-2009, 04:00 PM
 
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Question for the religious type regarding the soul:

1) When is the soul "born"? Is it at the moment of conception? When you leave the womb? What happens to a baby who dies in the womb in the afterlife?

2) What mechanism allows one to be functional (be able to think, move, whatever) in the afterlife? Is it the soul/spirit? If so, why doesn't it take over when our brains start to go (ie alzheimer patients)?
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Swamps of Florida
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Question for the religious type regarding the soul:

1) When is the soul "born"? Is it at the moment of conception? When you leave the womb? What happens to a baby who dies in the womb in the afterlife?
I don't believe in any souls.

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2) What mechanism allows one to be functional (be able to think, move, whatever) in the afterlife? Is it the soul/spirit? If so, why doesn't it take over when our brains start to go (ie alzheimer patients)?
Your brain is at work. W/o brain you wont function.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:30 PM
 
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Souls, like god, are and irrational belief.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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I've thought about those same questions and have brought up such topics as how artificial insemination or other medically assisted means of becoming pregnant would impact the soul entering the body. Of course I also don't believe there is such a thing as a soul in the first place and there certainly isn't any evidence that would support it's existence. We can't detect it by any means known to man and it appears obvious to me that it's an attempt to explain consciousness and is a necessity for those who believe in an afterlife after our physical bodies have died.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:59 PM
 
Location: In the North Idaho woods, still surrounded by terriers
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I think a "soul" is a word that tries to express the energy that is life. Our bodies run on energy. Energy cannot be killed or destroyed, it just changes form...hence...our soul/energy necessarilly goes somewhere when we die...but where that is remains to be seen, or felt.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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I think a "soul" is a word that tries to express the energy that is life. Our bodies run on energy. Energy cannot be killed or destroyed, it just changes form...hence...our soul/energy necessarilly goes somewhere when we die...but where that is remains to be seen, or felt.
We do know where our energy goes when we die. It dissipates to our surroundings as our body cools. The stored energy in our cells is taken up by the rotting processes and organisms that eat us. The mythical, unmeasurable thing that we like to call a soul is merely wishful thinking that we exist somehow outside of our bodies. The more we learn about how our brain works, the more evident it is that all the thinking and feeling that we do is the result of biochemical processes. We are rather marvelous organisms. But we are no more than that.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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Well, exactly...even if someone were to claim our soul is our "energy force"...wouldn't it be pretty useless in an afterlife without functional brain power?
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:50 AM
 
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And they ask you about the soul. Say: The soul is one of the commands of my Lord,
and you are not given aught of knowledge but a little.17:85

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Allah takes the souls at the time of their death,
and those that die not during their sleep;

then He withholds those on whom He has passed the decree of death
and sends the others back till an appointed term;
most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect. 39:42
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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Well, exactly...even if someone were to claim our soul is our "energy force"...wouldn't it be pretty useless in an afterlife without functional brain power?
I know what you mean, an "energy force" is a pretty vague term and doesn't explain how an individual could be conscious of their own existence. Our self awareness exists due to biological activities in our brain which ceases to function when we die. I've never heard a reasonable explanation about how this process could be transferred to something else that allows it to continue.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Question for the religious type regarding the soul:

1) When is the soul "born"? Is it at the moment of conception? When you leave the womb? What happens to a baby who dies in the womb in the afterlife?

2) What mechanism allows one to be functional (be able to think, move, whatever) in the afterlife? Is it the soul/spirit? If so, why doesn't it take over when our brains start to go (ie alzheimer patients)?
The Bible explains in great detail that God breathed 'breath-life' or 'soul' into mans nostrils. and when Man dies he gives up the soul, his last breath out, and so goes his soul-life.

When person is born that first in-breath is soul. and that person has soul until he stops breathing.
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