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Differences of philosophical/spiritual terms: Spirit, Soul, Demon, Angel, God, Creator, and more...

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posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 08:15 AM
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The answer is really simple, I don't understand why there is so much confusion with these words. I am not talking about the "etymology" (origin) of the word, but its actual meaning in usage (with maybe an example sentence).

The word "Spirit" ultimately comes from The Latin word "spirare" which means "to breathe". The word "spiritus" which means Spirit in Latin, was also a word used for "wind", "inhalation", or "mood". Which is why today spirit is associated with emotion.

People say things such as "In the spirit of brotherhood", for example.


The word "Soul" is the same concept, but it comes from a Germanic Origin. The word for Soul in Proto-German was "saiwalo" which comes from the word "saiwaz" which means sea. This is because the sea was supposed to be the stopping place of the soul before birth or after death. The word "soul" was also used for the word "person", so, this word basically means "individual" or "personality" which was believed by The Proto-Germanic Speakers to be independent of the body.

The word "Ghost" also comes from a Germanic Origin. It was used by Old Western Germanic Languages in the sense of a "supernatural being" such as an "angel" or "demon". In old Latin Christian Writings where The Holy Spirit was called "Sancti Spiritus" (Holy Spirit), this was translated as "Holy Ghost" instead.

The word "Angel" literally means "messenger". It is not necessarily a spirit. This is a being which brings a "message" to the people from a deity. It comes from The Greek Word "angelos" which means "messenger, envoy, one that announces,". This is why in The Bible, the beings who follow Satan are called "Satan's Angels". In modern times, this word is associated with a loving spiritual being.

The word "Demon" comes from The Ancient Greek Word "daimon" which meant "guiding spirit" or "lesser god". These beings were powerful supernatural beings but they were below the power of The Gods. When Christianity dominated the world, all gods were considered to be below The Christian God, so they were all called "demons"

The word "Alien" comes from The Latin Word "alienus" which meant "of another, foreign". These are beings that came from one place to another. They are "foreign" to the place they arrived.


The word "Devil" comes from Ancient Greek "diabaulus" which meant an "evil spirit" or "false god". Later it began to be used in The Judea-Christian sense of "The Slanderer" or "The Accuser".

The word "Satan" comes from The Ancient Hebrew word "Satan" which means "adversary" or "one who plots against another (in other words, an enemy)". It was also used as a verb to mean "to show enmity to" or "to oppose" or "to plot against". Later this word became personified as a being rather than a concept.

The word "God" comes from The Proto-IndoEuropean word "ghut" which meant "that which is invoked". It later began to mean "deity (one of divine nature who is worshiped)"

The word "Creator" comes from The Latin Word "creator" which meant "author", "founder" or, "creator". Later it began to mean "supreme deity".

The word "Consciousness" means "internal knowledge" from "conscious" + "ness" (state of being aware).

The word "Mind" is of Germanic origin meaning "memory", "remembrance", "intellect", "thought", "purpose" or "intention".

The word "Good" comes from an origin meaning "having the right or desirable quality".

The word "Bad" comes from an origin (Old English) meaning "inferior in quality".

The word "Evil" was the most comprehensive adjectival expression of disapproval, dislike or disparagement. In Old English, it meant "extreme moral wickedness".


Hopeful this helped you a lot, on all of these Philosophical / Spiritual terms if you did not know how to distinguish.




posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 08:33 AM
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Thank you for the informative post!

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