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Reincarnation - Say that those who believe in reincarnation are correct and our soul is reincarnated into a new body. Person A has their body cryogenically frozen. The body dies due to freezing, and the soul passes on from life to life until one day technology advances to the point where we can safely thaw out the body and resuscitate it, bringing it back to life. What happens to the being that Person A had become over these generations?
Is it possible for one soul to inhabit two bodies? Are both alive, have a soul, and are now linked in an inexplicable fashion to either? If so, is this fractured soul any lesser or greater than a single soul? Would they be drawn to each other like magnets? Would one try to destroy the other to free up the other half and join it together again? Would such even be considered murder?
Afterlife - Similar situation, except this time a religion that proposes an afterlife was correct. Once we die, the soul rises up into the afterlife. Perhaps Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, Hades, Valhalla, or the Elysian Fields... but then one day the old body is raised from the dead.
An Escape? Perhaps one has been sentanced to Hell, or some other negative afterlife, to serve a sentance dealing in years or eternity... if the old body is raised from the dead, does the soul get to escape Hell, and have a second chance at life on Earth? If so, what are the implications for divine order? This would seem to contradict the word of God. What happens once technology can give God the finger?
Hell on Earth? Conversely, imagine if you achieved the Good afterlife, where you were enjoying hoards of virgins, or playing harps on clouds, or basking in the presence of the Almighty? Only to find yourself ripped from it and transported back into the limitations of a human body in a strange world? How incredible of a horror would this be?
Passengers? What if the afterlife involved a mixture of souls, altogether, what sort of passengers would be brought with you? Might it include demons, or angels, or bits of other souls. If you dump a cup of dye into a tub of water, then scoop up a cup of the result, and you have not just the dye, but the water too. If the body were resurrected, would it only draw the bits of soul that originally belonged to it? Somehow distinguishing it from the rest? Or would it draw down whatever filled the right space?
Substitutes Perhaps instead of the soul altogether, the Powers That Be have the ability to block it from exit. But since there's a doorway open, they decide to investigate, and find themselves stuck in the mind of this human body. What would be the result of a body raised, possessed by Angels, Demons, or Misc.?
Souless Again, assuming no soul transfer happened whatsoever, what would the result be? If it were a walking, talking, thinking human who lacked only a soul, would this mean there was no chance of it entering heaven, because the original owner was already there? Would it mean that this being could perform the most heinous of acts without remorse or fear of going to hell? Would any God worth following be so merciless as to deny this being entry into God's Kingdom? Would Satan be so picky as to deny the opportunity to gain one more admission? What kind of life would one face without any accountability to the afterlife?
No Religion, Just Energy - Now let's assume that there is no God, no Satan, no Powers That Be... the soul is made of nothing but energy that gets passed and used throughout the rest of the Universe in a normal fashion. Then one day the body is revived...
Does it get filled with any old energy to form a new soul? Perhaps the energy loss from heat dissipation off a lightbulb, some static from metal, electricity from the resuscitation instruments... Could a new soul be formed from this, to fill up the body, like water filling a cup? This would imply that none of us is, strictly speaking, an individual soul, but merely a temporary finite seperation of an infinite pool of energy.
The is no Soul - Last, but certainly not least, is the possibility that there is no soul. That we are the sum of our parts, and nothing more. When we die, we die, and that is the end of the story. This seems to have the least amount of complications for resurrection of the dead. After all, if there is no soul involved, there's no need to worry about where it will come from, or if it will come at all.
My thinking is that instead, this "new" life, would be just another doorway for another new or reincarnated soul, just as conception is. So, the boy may be back, but perhaps it isn't really the same person. If the memory cells are still intact, it may be possible for the new soul to tap into that info, but it'd be like watching someone else's life
Originally posted by LordGoofus
While I am not stupid enough to test if the soul really exists or not by selling it, I am slowly coming to the belief your soul does not exist. What is a soul? From my understanding it is what makes you, you. You're personality, the way you behave, determines whether you are loving or cold-hearted etc etc. Now, all these things can be controlled with drugs. If the soul is a metaphysicaly thing, how could physical drugs possibly affect it? You can change a persons attitudes, entire personality, ethics, morals, beliefs etc through drugs, brain-washing etc etc.