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The human soul is no more than a lullaby to those who think human life is worthless. Your saviour's life was temporary, a vapour trail, now nothing but a memory, but even a millennia hence, it matters to you. It was never his eternal soul that was the way, or else you'd never know about it, a true vapour trail, unable to elicit even a memory. It was his flesh and blood that mattered. No. Human life would be worthless if there was an eternal soul.
How do you justify giving value to human life then, if we are just bio-chemical machinery? It would mean that both of our opinions are predetermined by a host of chemical reactions.
The mechanistic view of the world, as if it was some contraption, is the corollary of the view that the world and life is designed by some artificer.
In other words, the world, human life, are not machinery varying only in complexity from clockwork.
We value it as we always have: by subscribing meaning to it, by noticing the beauty in it, instead of taking it all away.
originally posted by: BELIEVERpriest
Is human consciousness limited to complex brain chemistry?.....Or do humans have an immaterial and immortal soul that lives on after death?
I don't know that there is any way to scientifically prove one claim over another, but each claim has its implication.
If humans have no eternal soul, then the simple fact is that all human life is WORTHLESS. It doesn't matter who you love, who loves you, or how you are remembered in the ages to come. Suffering is nothing more than a random consequence of existence, and there is no right or wrong. Bigotry, hatred, genocide, tyranny, these things are all just abstract expressions of neurochemistry. At some point life will end, and the human body will decay back into the earth, then the sun will explode and it will be over for humanity. What we are today will eventually be a memory that can no longer be called back to cognizance. Sic transit gloria mundi; Thus passes the glory of the world.
On the other hand, if we do have a soul, then Sic transit gloria mundi has a much deeper meaning. Our stay in this world is temporary. What we hold as worldly priorities are mere distractions from our true purpose: To prepare our souls for the Eternity.
So what is Eternity? Is it endless reincarnation from one earthen vessel into the next? In my eyes, this random 'time-loop' scenario would be as useless as not having a soul. Or, is Eternity the point at which we are finally reunified in the fellowship and presence of our Creator? This seems much more fulfilling to me.
Our temporal lives are mere vapor trails that will fade away as quickly as they were initiated. No one knows how long we have to live, so rather than over indulging in entertainment and mundane pass-times....instead, you should be asking your Creator what your path should be.
God forbid you enter Eternity unprepared. There is no guarantee of a second chance.
My Creator and savior is Jesus Christ. I believe He is the only way.
But more importantly, what do you believe? (rhetorical question)
I would be interested in hearing what you remember and why you think it is real.
originally posted by: BestinShow
a reply to: Daughter2
I also think there are second chances because reincarnation makes sense to me.
Makes sense, or satisfies your needs..? Big difference...
Not attacking you, or at least not trying to be a d!ck, but rather trying to push a conversation that should occur more often, as the topic deserves the attention: can humans separate critical thinking from belief?
I don't think so, but you may prove otherwise...