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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Update (8-21-08)

Alright, all two of my readers! Just a reminder to keep checking here for updates. I have compiled 22 pages of notes so far in my study of soul and spirit. Now I've got to try and make some sense out of it all. Sometime relatively soon, I'll post part two of the 'Nature of Man' thing. I intend to make it useful and informative.

I worked at home all day today. My oldest son has been running a fever for about two days, and so (to make a long story short) the lot fell to me to stay home with him, which I was more than willing to do. He's a real good kid. He stayed in his room almost all day, and I got to work with a good degree of focus, but i'm not a home body. If I stay home (and especially indoors) for most of a day I start to get stir crazy and have to get out. That's what I'm about to do now! thanks for reading, and keep stopping by at least once a week!
---JLP

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Nature of Man (Body, Soul & Spirit?)


Bible scholars have debated whether man is a dual-natured being or a creature with three distinct parts for a very long time. We recognize our flesh easily enough. We know that we have a body, and that it is a part distinct, or separable from a part of us that is immaterial (or super-material, i.e. not of earthly substance). I think it’s safe to say that most people think of themselves as dual-natured; as having a physical body and a “spiritual” (in the sense of not being physical) soul (and the terms “soul” and “spirit” would be used interchangeably here). Still, some believe that there is a difference between the soul and the spirit, and thus that we are made up of three parts or natures combined into one. Over the next few weeks I want to examine the Scriptures in search of the truth of this matter, and invite you to read along and consider it for yourself. Check back here at least once a week and consider the posts. As always, your comments will be welcome!
---JLP