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Question to the Jehovah's Witness

Discussion in 'Scriptural Debates' started by Frank Goad, Oct 13, 2021.

  1. Frank Goad

    Frank Goad Well-Known Member

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    https://www.jw.org/en/library/books/bible-teach/what-is-a-soul-spirit-meaning/

    On this Jehovah's witness website it says this about the human soul:

    “SOUL” AS USED IN THE BIBLE
    First, consider the soul. You may remember that the Bible was originally written mainly in Hebrew and Greek. When writing about the soul, the Bible writers used the Hebrew word neʹphesh or the Greek word psy·kheʹ. These two words occur well over 800 times in the Scriptures, and the New World Translation renders them “soul,” either in the main text or in footnotes. When you examine the way “soul” or “souls” is used in the Bible, it becomes evident that this word basically refers to (1) people, (2) animals, or (3) the life that a person or an animal has.

    And this about the human spirit:

    THE “SPIRIT” IDENTIFIED
    Let us now consider the Bible’s use of the term “spirit.” Some people think that “spirit” is just another word for “soul.” However, that is not the case. The Bible makes clear that “spirit” and “soul” refer to two different things. How do they differ?

    Bible writers used the Hebrew word ruʹach or the Greek word pneuʹma when writing about the “spirit.” The Scriptures themselves indicate the meaning of those words. For instance, Psalm 104:29 states: “If you [Jehovah] take away their spirit [ruʹach], they die and return to the dust.” And James 2:26 notes that “the body without spirit [pneuʹma] is dead.” In these verses, then, “spirit” refers to that which gives life to a body. Without spirit, the body is dead. Therefore, in the Bible the word ruʹach is translated not only as “spirit” but also as “force,” or life-force. For example, concerning the Flood in Noah’s day, God said: “I am going to bring floodwaters upon the earth to destroy from under the heavens all flesh that has the breath [ruʹach] of life.” (Genesis 6:17; 7:15, 22) “Spirit” thus refers to an invisible force (the spark of life) that animates all living creatures.

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    The soul and the spirit are not the same. The body needs the spirit in much the same way as a radio needs electricity—in order to function. To illustrate this further, think of a portable radio. When you put batteries in a portable radio and turn it on, the electricity stored in the batteries brings the radio to life, so to speak. Without batteries, however, the radio is dead. So is another kind of radio when it is unplugged from an electric outlet. Similarly, the spirit is the force that brings our body to life. Also, like electricity, the spirit has no feeling and cannot think. It is an impersonal force. But without that spirit, or life-force, our bodies “die and return to the dust” as the psalmist stated.

    Does Luke 1:46-47.Prove a soul and spirit?Working together back to back?:)

    On this page of the jw website: https://www.jw.org/en/library/bible/study-bible/books/luke/1/ it mentions the soul in a footnote.But not the spirit.In Luke 1:46-47.
     
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  2. Frank Goad

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    Why no reply?:(
     
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    what do you want frank ? you are a soul ,a living soul . with out spirit you are a dead soul .
     
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    What was the question? What is the soul?
     
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