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Flesh Soul Spirit

During the hot summer, there was a man who was holding a ice drink, he was using a plastic drinking straw enjoying the drink. “Ah… it’s really cool! Feel good!”.

“Hi, how do you do? Today is hot?” – plastic drinking straw said.

“Oh hi, yep today is really hot. What is your name?” – The man said.

“My name is Plastica, what do you mean ‘feel good’, I really don’t understand.”

“Well… this is my feeling about the temperature.”

“What’s that? I really don’t understand but it’s very interesting, may I know more?”

“Well it’s very difficult to explain to you because our body are formed by 2 totally different materials. Your body is structured by plastic but my body is structured by living cells.”

“Wow…I never heard before. So what is the difference?”

“Well, my body is form by many cells and blood, and blood will non stop move surround the whole body.”

“Wow terrible! You mean something move surround your body? “

“Yes, it’s my blood. Not only the blood move, but my whole body also can walk, running or swimming.”

“That’s unbelievable!! How can you able to do it?”

“Ha Ha.. I am proud to tell you, I can also sing a very beautiful song.”

“Wow, it’s really amazing!!!”

“There has many many others things I can do such as fly into the sky, make tools and products such as plastic drinking straw. You know you are made by me?”

“Oh! Really? Unimaginable!! I can’t fully understand what you’re saying. I need time…”

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Do you have the same feeling as the plastic drinking straw when we think about the “Spirit”? You know, in our world all matters such as air, water, food… all are formed by the atoms. We call the “Raw Material” of the structure of matter “Atom“. There are many different types of atom, and scientist made a periodic table to show their orders. All living things and non-living things are constructed from atoms. But how about “Spirit”?

Before we discuss “Spirit”, we have to know the characteristics of atom. Matter have 3 states such as solid, liquid and gas, it depends on the temperature. In our galaxy, somewhere might be very cold such as -200 degrees, in this status, atoms’ movement become very very slow. But somewhere might be very hot such as the surface of the sun is 5,500 degrees, atoms become the gas state, it become very active and run away, cannot combined together.

Therefore, the “Spirit” must not be formed or constructed by atoms. Because the “Spirit”(e.g. Angels) can go to sun surface or somewhere of the galaxy. If so, their body will be frozen or disintegrated. So the “Spirit” must be the another “structure type“, that totally different from the atoms, so the scientist can’t use the machine to detect or find it. God call this “Structure” is “Spirit“. The “Spirit” is completely free from the physical constraints of atoms, because it is not atom at all.

Ezekiel 1:12,17 “And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went.17 When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went.”. That’s why Ezekiel saw the heavenly wheel can move any direction, without bounded by the laws of physics of the parabola, for it is completely not the atom at all.

Besides, is there any things can limit our prayer? If you are in cave and surrounded by the metal, your phone must be no signal. But do your prayer also no signal and be limited? Does God can’t receive our prayer? No, whatever where you are, God can hear your prayer, why? Because God is spirit, and we are communicated through spirit that won’t be limited by physical matter. But we are the flesh(formed by atoms), how could we “send” the prayer to God? Let’s see…

Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”. This verse says God according his own image(“Spirit”) to create male and female.

Then Genesis 2:7 “And the YHWH God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath(the “Spirit” of YHWH God’s image) of life; and man became a living soul.”

So man was created with two parts, “flesh” means the body and the other is “Spirit” means “image of YHWH God”. We call this spirit of the “image of YHWH God” the “soul“. These 2 parts must be combined together indispensable, then man will become a “Living Soul“. Only the flesh or only the “soul” won’t be a living soul. Let’s see some verses to proof that…

Job 27:3 says, “as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils”

Ecclesiastes 8:8 “No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death.”

Ecclesiastes 12:7 “and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”

Jesus also proved that we are the combination of the body(flesh) and soul(spirit). What did he say? Matthew 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell”. So he proofed we are the body + soul, then we have become the living soul.

And James 2:26 says, “26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.”. Apostle Peter also said in 2rd Peter 1:13,14 “I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me”. All of above verses proof that we are the “living soul” that combined by body and soul.

So that’s why our prayer can reach to the God, because the living soul has this build-in function– the prayer(“spirit inter communication“) between soul(Spirit) and God. So you can pray wherever you are, it won’t obstructed by physical matter.

What is the “soul”? Does it has shape?

1st Cor 15:38-40 “38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.”

Same as our earth, there are many different kinds of bodies, heavenly spirits are also have many kinds of “bodies”. Because spirit is the other type of structure, we can’t see them though our flesh eyes which are also formed by atoms. And the “soul” is the unique one of all kinds of spirit, this was specially designed and created for man, only fit to humans.

It is like a clock that missing a most major and unique “gear”, if put this gear into it, the clock become move and work. The flesh also need a gear(“soul”) to make it move(become a living soul). And this gear(“soul”) only fit the human. So the “soul” is a spirit of the image of Jehovah God which created by God, the soul is the unique spirit genus, our inter-core. It is designed for human, and fit human only.

Flesh and Soul

What is the function of flesh body and the “Soul”? You know, the most important part of our body is our brain. It controls our feeling, memory, logical thinking, language… Does the “soul” also have these functions? I don’t think so, otherwise we will have the double feeling, double memory, or double thinking… And scientists proved that different areas of the brain control different functions. If the brain injury can lost the memory, language… So this proved that the “soul” does not have those functions.

What does the Bible say?

Ecclesiastes 9:5,6 “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.”

Ecclesiastes 9:9,10 “Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”

Same as what scientist discovered, Bible also proof that our body(brain) have all above functions such as memory, knowledge, wisdom, love… But when people died all will be lost, although “soul” are not died. What does it mean? It means soul does not have these functions, thought, memory, knowledge… all of these are the functions of the body(brain).

Then what is the soul’s function? How does it co-operate with brain?

You know, we are the cell formed body, our body have million cells die and replaced by new cells per hour. And about 7 years all our body cells are replaced one time. What does it mean? It means you are completely a new or another “you” compare with the “you” 7 years before. The old “you” was died, and you will die 7 years later too.

Can I say that to describe you? Maybe you would say, “Yes, I agree my body are replaced by new cells every 7 years. I will grow or become old, but I am still “me” nothing changed, although all cells are replaced.”

Wouldn’t it be unscientific if you say that? Does it run counter to the truth?

No, it is the truth that we say it from our heart. Whatever how your body change, how many cells are died, you are still “you” nothing change. Do you know why? You know, the cell of our brain/body will die, and replaced by others, so the cell can’t be “I”. If so, you have died 7 years ago or will die 7 years later. It seems “I” this consciousness is the eternal thing inter our heart. Why? Because we are the soul(the spirit of God’s image) that won’t affected by any atoms changing or replacing.

So even people were death, their bodies and cells were died, “you” are not really died. When Jesus resurrect you, he will prepare your body first and then “breathed into your nostrils the breath(the original you, “soul”)”, then you will be a living soul again.

That means when you died, the “soul” become a sleep mode for soul is no feeling, no memory, no thoughts. Why we can say that it become a sleep mode? Because Jesus said the same in John 11:11-14, “11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died”

So “soul” is the “spirit” of God’s image, our inner person and motives, that is the consciousness of “I”, won’t affected by the death or decay of cell. Flesh is constructed by cells, the main part is our brain, that has feeling, memory, thoughts…functions. Flesh and Soul are combined together indispensable, they works interactively and cannot be separated. Surely, we don’t know the details how they work and interactive together.

It’s really amazing!!! Our heavenly Father is really The Almighty God, who can create the “soul”, the image of spirit of God that can work and interactive with the flesh, that’s why humans are so different from animals. Glory, Praise and Thanks God Father. Amen.

Someone may say “I have never seen the spirit, how can I know we are “soul”?”

No, everyday you have seen many “living soul” surrounding you, although you may not realize that. Next time try using “soul” communicate with people, that you will know the truth, also pray to God with “soul” of spirit. Because John 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth”. If you believe God is spirit and he created the spirit of angel, why not he could create the spirit of “soul”?

There is an interesting but scared question. What is Sheol and Hell? What is “the lake of fire that burns with sulfur”?

Let’s see some Bible verses about Sheol first.

Genesis 37:35 ‘…but he refused to be comforted and said, “No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.’”

Proverbs 7:27 “Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.”

Proverbs 27:20 “Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied”

Hosea 13:14 “I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death. O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting?”

Psalm 16:10 “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.”

Psalm 30:3 “O YHWH, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;”

So these verses prove that death is closely related to Sheol. When people was death, the flesh will decay, and their soul(spirit) will be the Sheol. It seems Sheol is a house or room which all people store there when they died(Proverbs 7:27). And we know that soul is no feeling, no memory, no movement, no work…. so if soul without the body, it will enter a deep sleep mode. And Sheol like a bottomless pit(bottomless store room) to store soul(Proverbs 27:20).

Then what is Hell and “the lake of fire that burns with sulfur”?

Let’s see some verses about Hell, the lake of fire.

Matthew 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Matthew 18:8,9 “And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.”

Revelation 20:13,14 “And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades(Sheol) gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades(Sheol) were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.”

Firstly, sheol or hades is different from hell. Why we can say that? Because Jesus said death only kill the body, and soul enter the Sheol storing place, but hell can destroy both body and soul. What does it mean? It means people can come out from Sheol(Rev.20:13) and judged by God. But if people throw into the hell, it means they are totally destroyed won’t come back again.

When all soul have been judged, and the Sheol will be empty, then death and Hades(Sheol) will also throw into the lake of fire, that means the Hell(Rev. 20:14). Evil ones enter the hell means they will be really killed, “destroy both soul and body in hell”.

What is hell or lake of fire like? Let’s see some verses…

Revelation 19:20 “And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.”

Revelation 20:10 “and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

Revelation 21:8 “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

The lake of fire means the second death. What does it mean “the second death”? That means there has a the first time death? Yes, the first death is body killed and soul enter to Sheol. After experienced the first death, human beings will be resurrected and judged, and those who are judged as evils will be thrown into the lake of fire that means the second death( destroy, really killed).

There are many pictures describe evil ones burn in hell and lake of fire forever and ever, they look in agony. Is that true? Is there the fire burns with sulfur forever?

We can say the hell and lake of fire does not mean the real fire. Why we can say that? Firstly, death and Sheol will be thrown into hell to burn , but death is not the physical thing, it is only the meaning of body died, and Sheol can be say is a situation. Then how can it be burned? So hell and lake of fire does not mean real fire, but means a situation which is totally destroyed.

One more reason is burning soul is meaningless for soul is no feeling. On the other hand, soul is spirit and fire cannot burn spirit for it is not the matter. Can we use the fire burn the sound of music? Will it be destroyed?

Moreover, this goes against God’s love and fair way of doing things. Please imagine a man kill one man once a day, at 60 years old he died, if God judge him evil, then he will be thrown into hell. If he burned in hell forever and ever(more more than billion years), it seems really not fair to him for he only killed people 60 years, how could the fair God do this? Surely won’t.

So all evidences prove that Hell and lake of fire does not mean a real place with fire burning. It is what God used it to symbolize the total destroyed state only.

But if it does not mean real fire, why God use it to describe this situation? Why not God use other thing to symbolize it? And why Bible said Devil, the beast and the false prophet they will be burn and “tormented day and night forever and ever”?

The only reason I can think of it is God use “lake of fire” just saying the truth. What truth? That is in the core of our earth is really the lake of fire which is the lava magma and with high temperature and high pressure, all matters thrown into it will be destroyed and all molecules will be broken down, it won’t have life inside. So God use this lake of fire to symbolize hell this situation that destroy all include Sheol and soul, the second death(really destroyed). God won’t say hell is like a beautiful lake but it symbolize the destroy. God said hell is like a lake of fire, it is the most appropriate term.

On the other hand, we know that Devil actually represents an organization in heaven that rebelled against God, please read “Bruise Serpent Head“. And the beast means an political organization of ruling Empire, the false prophet means an organization of false religion which want to represent God. So all of them are organizations, can they be burned and tormented? Surely couldn’t. Then why God said they will be burn and tormented day and night forever?

Revelation 19:3 “Once more they cried out, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.” Burning smoke goes up means people can see it. This will be a sign to show their record to everyone what the Devil, Babylon the Great, the Beast and the False prophet have done evil. Burn forever and ever also means the evils won’t come again and warned people never to do their evil deeds.

People scared about hell and lake of fire, that’s true. This is a warning sign by God that who done evils will judged and thrown into it. God has already warned, Ezekiel 33:11 “Say to them, As I live, declares the YHWH God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?”

So repent and turn back turn back from evil way now, believe Jesus and ask lord Jesus forgive our sins, and ask our Father God Jehovah to forgive us too. God is Love and Fair, He lights up the way. He shows the way of evil is death, and the way of good is life. May we all choose and walk on the way of good, then we will have life forever and ever. Believe in the power of Almighty God who can and wish all have life. Amen.

Let’s Prayer

Our Heavenly Father, you are love and full of goodness and kindness. You are Holy, Holy, Holy and hate evil. Please forgive our sins and help us deliver from evil. May we all turn back from evil, repent and be good. You are worth our Glory, Honor, Praise for you have show us the way to life, the way of goodness.

Thanks for giving us the grace of soul that we can show your greatest and wisdom. We are the image of you so we have to show love, goodness and kindness to glory you. Amen. May we all turn back to you, you will forgive, you will accept, you will give us the everlasting life, for you are the greatest, kindness and loved Father. Amen. Thanks Father and Lord Jesus again. Amen.

Prayer is also in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


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