Science has determined that physical death is encoded in our genes. We know scientifically that exposure to many different substances triggers mutations in the DNA or an epigenetic process where existing genes are damaged or turned on or off.
This provides scientific validation of the biblical report that the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was toxic and consuming it caused physical death. Without requiring an explicit reference to DNA, we can scientifically deduce, as accurately as any medical researcher, that telomeres began breaking off and the woman’s biological clock began ticking down to death. When the nuclei in the cells no longer ordered maintenance of respiration and metabolism of necessary substances, the body died.
But death involves more than just physical damage ending physical function.
One of the challenges in defining death is in distinguishing it from life.
Throughout the ages magicians and scientists practicing traditions like alchemy have been trying to create, maintain, and restart life. So far, success has been claimed by using stem cells to create an organism or transferring DNA into a living cell to create a designer cell.
However, these methods don’t create life. The starter cell was already alive. Despite amazing advances in understanding and manipulating cellular composition and processes, science has been unable to spark life into a cell, let alone an organ or an entire organism, or to maintain life beyond a certain point.
This validates the religious revelation, found only in the Bible, that the life force, AKA spirit, comes from the Singularity / YHVH / Creator.
“And God said [brought into existence]…
- Let [a command] the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life,
- and fowl that may fly above the earth…
- Let the earth bring forth the living creature…and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply…
- Let us make man…(Genesis 1)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light / Singularity energy.” (John 1:1-4)
“brain death” is viewed as…the most reasonable for distinguishing life from death…the brain is crucial in determining our identity or who we are as human beings.
“The life is more than meat.” (Luke 12:23)
According to NASA:
Living things…have the ability to take in energy from the environment and transform it for growth and reproduction.
NASA’s definition of life matches the biblical definition as interaction of the:
- hyper dimensional spirit life energy
- to the unending Singularity source of energy that creates mass.
- physical body
- to necessary resources of oxygen, water, food, etc.
- soul, i.e. personality and character stored as memories in the brain,
- to social relationships.
“And the LORD God formed man / ha adam of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man / ha adam became a living soul / person / nephesh….And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”(Genesis 2:7)
We can then logically define the opposite state as the definition of death – disconnection of the
- hyper dimensional spirit from the infinite source of energy of the Singularity,
- body from the mass-to-energy transformation processes of the m-DNA unique to the mitochondria found in each cell, passed on to all human offspring only through the mother’s egg cell,
- soul from the social milieu.
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when…man / adam goeth to his long olam / forever home / enclosure…Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7)
The consistency in the two passages describing man’s
- jumpstart into life
- and the end of life
allows us to deduce that,
- just as the soul comes into being with the body,
- its destiny remains connected with the body.
To assert otherwise is illogical.
Look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs of the living person. Once the physical needs have been met, the higher order of needs for love, belonging, self-actualization all belong to the soul, which can only be met by the body’s actions.
the Hebrew word translated as “soul,” nephesh, more rightly means “self,” in other words, the whole person…we don’t have a body so much as we are a body…
This is just common sense. The person we become is developed by
- what the body experiences through interpersonal interactions, education, traumas, culture,
- choices made emotionally and cognitively to act through the body for good or evil,
- and stored permanently in the brain as memories, values, reflexive attitudes, morals.
The only Hebrew word traditionally translated “soul” (nephesh) in English language Bibles refers to a living, breathing [spirit empowered] conscious [neurologically active] body [emphasis added], rather than to an immortal soul. In the New Testament, the Greek word traditionally translated “soul” (ψυχή) has substantially the same meaning as the Hebrew, without reference to an immortal soul. ‘Soul’ may refer to the whole person, the self: ‘three thousand souls’ were converted in Acts 2:41 (see Acts 3:23)
The traditional concept of an immaterial and immortal soul distinct from the body was not found in Judaism before the Babylonian exile, but developed as a result of interaction with Persian and Hellenistic philosophies.
The Hebrew concept of the enmeshment of the soul with the body was new to me when I encountered it while reviewing material for this post. My first thought was that, in fact, the Bible says that the soul leaves the body at death.
“as her soul was in departing, (for she died)…she called his name Benoni / Son of my sorrow.” (Genesis 35:18)
Then I realized that I was fitting the statement that the soul departed into my existing paradigm of the soul separate from the body. In light of the explanatory phrase that she died while leaving behind her newborn son, the departure of the soul is better understood as departure from life.
The Bible, in fact, explicitly states that the soul remains connected to the body after death.
- “My…purposes are broken off,
- even the thoughts of my heart…
- as for my hope, who shall see it?
They [purposes, thoughts, hope, i.e. soul] shall go down to the bars [confinement] of the pit, when our rest together [body and soul] is in the dust.” (Job 17:11-16)
We know from experience that a human’s soul remains intact during a coma, sleep, anesthesia or other physically altered state of consciousness, resurfacing with the awakening of the body’s functional neurological system. The following medical exemplar validates the biblical report that the soul follows the body in death.
In February 2011, a much-anticipated school trip went disastrously wrong for a group of Danish students. The dragon boat carrying the pupils across Præstø Fjord capsized, plunging the passengers into the icy water below. By the time paramedics got there two hours later, seven of the students’ hearts had stopped and they were pronounced dead at the scene. [Emphases added.]
But once the teenagers arrived at the hospital in Copenhagen, doctors made a last-ditch attempt to revive them, even though the group had been technically ‘dead’ for two hours. The medics knew that when you’re that cold (one student’s temperature had dropped to 17.5 degrees Celsius), there’s still a chance of resuscitation. Using cardiopulmonary bypass – a procedure that uses a machine to take over the functioning of the heart and lungs – medics very slowly warmed the victims’ blood by one degree every ten minutes. Six hours after the incident, all seven teenagers had come back to life.
Further advances in medical science validates the ineluctable connection between the soul and physical apparatus.
Traditionally, death has been determined by the medical profession using…either a heart or lung functioning criteria for death…However, as medical technology developed…respiratory and circulatory bodily functions can now be performed artificially…
the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research…sought to address a need for a legal definition of death which could incorporate advances made by new technologies that could perform necessary bodily functions. There was a wide agreement between physician testifiers to the Commission that a definition of death which referred to irreversible loss of brain functions was required…
key functions of the brain such as memory, consciousness, and personality are what make us a person, and since those functions originate in the cerebral hemispheres, it is the death of those portions of the brain that count as death of the person. Robert Veatch helpfully summarizes this as the view that ‘Death is the irreversible loss of that which is essentially significant to the nature of man’…
‘each of us is essentially a mind’…The organism is the physical body, the ‘housing’ of the person…In a person the self is the mind, which in some way will be his brain…we are connected to, but not identical with, our organisms/bodies…
This is essentially an application of the [materialistic] identity theory of mind.…[which] holds that ‘states and processes of the mind are identical to states and processes of the brain’. If…our minds are identical with our brains, then the death of the brain will be the death of the mind and by consequence also the death of the person.
One of the fundamental problems with the identity theory of mind…is that the mind is not necessarily identical with the brain. The mind…and its operations can be produced in many ways, not just by the human brain…
‘every mental process has a physical grounding and is consistent with the natural sciences’...The aspects of the mind that we care about—personality, memory, consciousness, and so on…traceable in some way to particular operations of the brain…can be performed in other ways. This could theoretically occur in the future by ‘uploading’ our minds onto cloud computers in a way that would allow our identities to survive even if our brain dies.
This possibility leads to functionalism—the theory of mind that ‘what makes something a thought, desire, pain (or any other type of mental state) depends…solely on its function …’The brain, then, is not what matters- what matters are certain functions the brain performs.
Neuroscientists have long been perplexed by how our brains encode thoughts, including memory loss and awareness, on the cellular level. Findings have revealed that groups of neurons symbolize every distinct segment of information, however, it is unknown what these groups of neurons look like or how they develop.
Energy is the ability to do work…In the case of electrical energy, the force is electrical attraction or repulsion between charged particles. Electrical energy may be either potential energy or kinetic energy, but it’s usually encountered as potential energy, which is energy stored due to the relative positions of charged particles or electric fields… [Emphasis added.]
Biological systems also use electrical energy. For example, hydrogen ions, electrons, or metal ions may be more concentrated on one side of a membrane than the other, setting up an electrical potential that can be used to transmit nerve impulses…
So, scientifically, the soul is composed of neurological chemo-electrical activity existing both as kinetic / active and potential energy during one’s lifetime.
The hybrid car electrical system provides an example.
Hybrids…create their own power for battery recharging through a process known as regenerative braking (regen mode)…capturing the vehicle’s momentum (kinetic energy) and turning it into [stored or potential energy]…the onboard battery…this charged battery…in turn powers the vehicle’s electric traction motor…
From this we can induce a corollary biological regenerative system in which the electrical energy of the brain is likewise conserved as potential energy when the body shuts down, on hand and available to resume function in the neurological system when restarted in the future.
In fact, in order to remain consistent with the scientific law that energy cannot be destroyed, we must conclude that each soul formed by a unique pattern of electrochemical energy in the brain continues to exist
- in a static but intact state
- in the brain when it ceases to function altogether
- remaining with the physical components of the brain as it desiccates to ashes or dust.
“electricity” is not a thing, more like a concept…You can have some specified amount of power, voltage, current, or other measurable properties, but not “electricity”…
To therefore answer your question, electricity doesn’t “go” anywhere since it’s not a thing or stuff that ever was anywhere in the first place…
But won’t the electrical energy simply dissipate, when it goes into the ground?
Electrical Grounding is the process of removing excess charge on an object by transferring electrical charges…
When a charged object has proper grounding, the excess charge is balanced by the transfer of electrical charges between the charged object and a ground, which provides a return path for a charge to safely travel from an object to the earth.
A ground is an infinite reservoir of electrical charges; the ground is capable of transferring electrons to or receiving electrons from a charged object in order to neutralize that object through a neutral wire.
So simply being in contact with the ground only transfers excess electrons, after which the soul is neutralized.
Just as batteries by themselves do nothing, the stable potential electrical energy of the soul is not transferred / moved into the ground, air, or anywhere without an appropriate apparatus designed to carry the soul’s specific biochemical electrical current.
[W]e need more than just a continuous path (i.e. a circuit) before a continuous flow of charge [electrical energy] will occur: we also need some means to push these charge carriers around the circuit…With electrons, this force is…produced by an imbalance of electric charge…
This potential energy, stored in the form of an electric charge imbalance and capable of provoking charge carriers to flow through a conductor, can be expressed as a term called voltage…
Defined in the context of static electricity, voltage is the measure of work required to move a unit charge from one location to another, against the force which tries to keep electric charges balanced. In the context of electrical power sources, voltage is the amount of potential energy available (work to be done) per unit charge, to move charges through a conductor…it is always referenced between two points…
[A] continuous, uniform flow of charge through the circuit is called a current. So long as the voltage source keeps “pushing…”
As it turns out, the facts of death are surprisingly simple. The mystery is the refusal to face the facts.
There is no end to the existence of the soul consisting of a unique pattern of electrical energy, simply a change from kinetic to inactive potential energy, requiring, like a dead battery, an external connection to an apparatus and energy to jumpstart the soul.
This understanding is fundamental to ancient religions, with the common feature that the family members of the deceased provide the resources for some degree of life for their ancestors’ departed souls. The burden on the living is reflected in the wealth found in Egyptian tombs and the cost of food given to ancestors believed to be reincarnated into animal bodies in India.
According to various ideas about the afterlife, the essential aspect of the individual that lives on after death may be some partial element, or the entire soul or spirit, of an individual, which carries with it and may confer personal identity…
The afterlife played an important role in Ancient Egyptian religion…When the body died, parts of its soul known as ka (body double) and the ba (personality) would go to the Kingdom of the Dead. While the soul dwelt in the Fields of Aaru, Osiris demanded work as restitution for the protection he provided…
Hindus believe in an immortal soul which is reincarnated after death…If they live their life well, their karma improves and their station in the next life will be higher, and conversely lower if they live their life poorly.
One of the most interesting obeisances paid to the 300,000 Hindu gods can be witnessed in Deshnok, India at the temple to the Rajputs and reincarnation of Goddess Durga. The souls of the dead worshippers of Durga are reincarnated in more than 25,000 holy rats.”
in India, an estimated 25-30 percent of post-harvest grains are lost each year as a result of rodents...according to some analysts, these figures are conservative estimates that actually seem miniscule for a nation with 2.5 billion rats, each one of which could potentially cause $10-15 billion (U.S. dollars) in damages.
In 2016–2018, 194 million of 810 million [roughly 1/4 of all] undernourished people globally lived in India, making the country a key focus for tackling hunger on a global scale. In the last two decades, per capita income more than tripled, yet the minimum dietary intake fell…
The Sumerian afterlife was a dark, dreary cavern located deep below the ground, where inhabitants were believed to continue “a shadowy version of life on earth”…All souls went to the same afterlife, and a person’s actions during life had no effect on how the person would be treated in the world to come.
The souls in Kur were believed to eat nothing but dry dust, and family members of the deceased would ritually pour libations into the dead person’s grave through a clay pipe, thereby allowing the dead to drink…treasures in wealthy graves…intended as offerings for Utu and the Anunnaki…a person’s treatment in the afterlife depended on how he or she was buried; those that had been given sumptuous burials would be treated well, but those who had been given poor burials would fare poorly, and were believed to haunt the living.
Ancestor worship is any religious practice that’s based on a belief that deceased family members continue to exist in some capacity. Often, that includes a belief that the spirits or souls of the deceased have an impact on the lives and luck of the living and need to be appeased or bribed.
The prevalence and persistence of world-wide multicultural beliefs describing only a perpetual dreary existence requiring descendants’ sacrifices for ameliorating the soul’s suffering provides validation of ancient religious revelation that the soul can be miserable after death.
But only the Bible provides Plan B for after-death conditions.
- “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:
- the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” (Luke 16:20-25)
Bear in mind that, as the soul is immaterial, so is surely the condition of what is called here hell. Rather than actual flames, a higher order abstract concept of extreme pain is described in simple understandable terms to anyone of any limited education of a soul without a physical casing – all nerve endings exposed.
This is not just a biblical concept. All the religions listed above describe the same. Only the Bible provides an alternative experience.
Like a newborn just catapulted from the womb, a soul released from the body is unable to identify his new environment by bodily senses. Nightmares of flailing in flight down a dark bottomless pit may presage this true condition. The soul can only be horrified by the lack of any orienting touch, sight, sound, smell and taste.
Abraham’s bosom [the overhanging fold of the garment used as a pocket] describing a blessed state of intimacy and familiarity is conceivable only in science fiction portrayals of alternate realities. This pictures for us a newborn, who, just shot from his mother’s all-embracing and sustaining womb into a brutal environment, is returned to security by being tightly swaddled and held close to the familiar sound of a beating heart. So Father Abraham provides the ability to rest in peace by remaining connected to a body. Sleep is a consolation offered only to believers awaiting reconnection of the soul to its own new body at the resurrection.
There is an interesting account in the Bible about a soul being rudely awakened from his sleep by a spirit companion of a witch, suggestive of the ability of other spirit-empowered human souls to communicate with the living through seances or as ghosts.
“I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee…Samuel. And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice…And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth….And…An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed…therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do. Then said Samuel…the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy…Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD…to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me:” (I Samuel 28)
Father Abraham is the true connection to a deceased ancestor. As the designated Father of all who believe, he harbored the souls of believers from all time who put their trust in YHVH to save them from their sins’ consequence of death. In this way, although souls of all mankind – those connected to the Singularity by faith in his word as well as those who rejected him – were interred in the ground, the souls of the faithful were able to rest in peace until taken to heaven when YHVH’s Savior defeated sin and death on all mankind’s behalf.
“in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience…But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us / brought to life by connecting together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus…When he [the Word] ascended up on high, he led captivity captive…Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?” (Ephesians 2:4-6, 4:8-9)
The isolation of dead souls underground in the “lower parts of the earth” was such common knowledge among many ancient religions that it is only briefly mentioned in the Bible.
Sidebar here – which captives did the Promised Savior lead away from captivity? No Christians, as by its own testimony this religion didn’t come into existence until after the resurrection of Christ. No, the resurrection of YHVH’s Promised Savior set free, and brought to heaven, “Old Testament” believers in YHVH’s Savior, promised before the world began.
“I [John, time traveling to the future] saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held…and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” (Revelation 6:9-11)
Where do the rest of the redeemed souls go, the ones who weren’t martyred for their testimony? Somewhere in heaven with, sleeping too, until the time of the resurrection of the body.
“knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord…We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” ” (II Corinthians 5:1-8)
“them also which sleep in YHVH’s Savior / Jesus will God bring with him [from heaven]...For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the [bodies of the] dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (I Thessalonians 4:13-17)
The God of the Bible doesn’t want to send people to hell, but to unite with us with him in power and glory!
“God speaketh…He keepeth back his soul from the pit….his soul draweth near unto the grave…he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit…He will deliver his soul from going into the pit…bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light [energy, spirit] of the living.” (Job 33:14-30)
“when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left…And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him…But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God…we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:30-43)
Good news! AKA the Gospel!
“I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you…By which also ye are saved [from death unto life]…how that The Promised Savior / Christ died for our sins [rejection of God’s authority] according to the [Old Testament] scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (I Corinthians 15:1-4)
“Now if we be [united in a relationship, in unity] dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also [in unity] live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him [ ergo, those of us united in a relationship with him].” (Romans 6:8-9)
We have free will. We choose to be connected through a relationship with the Creator and Sustainer of life – or not. That is the essence of good vs evil.
“the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:28-29)
“If a man die, shall he live again? [Yes] all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come [Resurrection!]. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.” (Job 14:14-15)