The three dimensions of a human being are described in the Bible.
- I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak
- in the anguish of my spirit;
- I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. “(Job 7:11)
The three states of body, soul and spirit are capable of independent functioning, while still remaining one person.
- My body’s hunger controls my food consumption,
- as my soul’s will feels frustration in its unfilled desire to lose weight.
- while my God-given spirit feels frustrated over its lack of control over the body and soul.
Our understanding of the three dimensions of a human allows us to reverse engineer to an understanding of the prototype multidimensional model in which we were made, i.e. God Three in One.
The following biblical passage on fetal development confirms the first reference to the soul’s origination with the body, expanding on the soul’s connection to the physical nervous system with its use of earth elements.
“thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well…when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.” (Psalm 139:13-15)
Reins, literal fibers, like a horse’s reins, are the nerves originating in the brain penetrating throughout the entire body in order to control the members of the body,
Almost all nerve cells, or neurons, are generated during prenatal life, and in most cases they are not replaced by new neurons thereafter. Morphologically, the nervous system first appears about 18 days after conception…
In order to produce the estimated 1 trillion neurons present in the mature brain, an average of 2.5 million neurons must be generated per minute during the entire prenatal life. This includes the formation of neuronal circuits comprising 100 trillion synapses, as each potential neuron is ultimately connected with either a selected set of other neurons or specific targets such as sensory endings. Moreover, synaptic connections with other neurons are made at precise locations on the cell membranes of target neurons.
When humans and primates are first developing, their brains are built from what are known as neural progenitor cells. These are stalk-like cells that multiply over and over again, and they eventually form neurons. The equation is simple since more progenitor cells mean more neurons down the road, and it turns out that human progenitor cells behave differently than the progenitor cells of apes and chimps.
When observing the multiplying behavior of progenitor cells in the primates, the researchers found that the cells continued multiplying at a high rate for roughly five days before maturing and slowing down. That’s a lot longer than in mice, where the cells have been shown to mature within hours. This extended timeframe means that primates have increased brain power and larger brain organs, but human progenitor cells take it to the next level.
The research revealed that humans progenitor cells continue multiplying for up to a full week before transitioning. Because the multiplication of cells is an exponential affair, the extra two days of multiplication means a great deal more cells and eventually neurons in humans.
Sidebar here – how can we accept both this kind of complexity and rapidity of development from a single cell organism to a complete human being and Evolution’s fundamental process of genetic mutation over “billions of years”?
The conclusion that extensive changes have occurred over time is based
- partially on inferences
- and an interpretation of data
- to support the idea that evolutionary development and common descent are both biologically and logically possible.
In contrast to the word play on the inferences, interpretation, and possibility of evolutionary processes, we have the facts uncovered by the scientific study of anatomy and physiology.
The evidence of the amazingly organized
- physiological generation of 2.5 million neurons per minute for nine months
- to form 100 trillion synapses exactly placed to create an informatics transportation system throughout the entire body
- with each neuron precisely connected to a selected set of other neurons on specific end points at precise locations on the cell membranes of target neurons
should put any thinking person in a state of awe at the understated biblical statement “I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works…” (Psalm 139:14)
Further confounding evolution’s reliance on material genetics, the pre-existing social environment in which a fetus is formed has a great impact on the development of personality and behavior – i.e. the soul.
The totality of these events is not thought to be the exclusive product of the genetic code, for there are simply not enough genes to account for such complexity….External environmental factors include nutrition, sensory experience, social interaction, and even learning. All of these are essential for the proper differentiation of individual neurons and for fine-tuning the details of synaptic connections…
So we don’t have a nature vs nurture debate, we have physiology plus social interaction forms the person. Or to put it another way, the chicken and the egg came into being at the same time.
Researchers, psychologists and social scientists have agreed that genes, as well as one’s environment, engage in a complex interplay when shaping personality. Understanding the cause of an individual’s personality, behavior and cognition is an area of interest in various fields.
The soul – personality, thoughts, decisions, memories and emotions – comes into existence and can be modified through the chemo-electrical activity of the nervous system.
the nervous system requires continuous stimulation over an entire lifetime in order to sustain functional activity.
So when the senses of the body stop feeding stimulation to the nervous system, the nervous system stops functioning. This includes the autonomic functions stimulating respiration and cardiac stimulation, and can be observed by vital signs as well as electro-encephalogram demonstrating cessation of electrical activity of the brain.
But does the soul stop existing when the nerve fibers crumble back into the elements of the earth from which it is composed? In a completely material model, yes. Therefore, no concerns about having to account for what mental activity – like hatred, drove actions – like murder, during life.
Yet we know that the nervous system is not just physical fibers. The fibers by themselves do nothing. They are simply the means of generating neurological electrical activity, which is not material but energy.
It is the electrical activity of the brain that composes and allows expression of memories, emotions, intentions, directing behavior and composing the resulting personality. Interestingly, the Bible describes in picturesque terms appropriate to a non-scientific reader the same images now being provided by highly advanced scientific technology.
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth…because man goeth to his long home [the grave], and the mourners go about the streets:
- Or ever the silver cord be loosed [chemo-electrical activity of the spinal cord connecting the peripheral nervous system]
- or the golden bowl be broken [chemo-electrical activity of the brain]
- or the pitcher be broken at the fountain [clay body]
- or the wheel broken at the cistern [autonomic repetitive breathing delivering life].
Then shall the dust [of the clay casing for the electrical battery] return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7)
And where does the soul go? This is beyond scientific study and falls into the purview of religion.
many western religions, as well as south Asian and African ones, believe in some form of life after death. Its origins span from the ancient world and classical antiquity until today. Most often, the world of the afterlife is associated with Greek mythology, where it is called the underworld, or Hades.
According to the ancient Greeks, at the time of death, the soul separates from the body and is transported to the underworld, where it is accepted into the realm by the governing god Hades, who is known to reside at the edges of the ocean and under the deepest depths of the Earth.
Hades’ realm, as opposed to the kingdom of Mount Olympus, is virtually all gloom and darkness, solely inhabited by the dead. In Homer’s Odyssey, even the great warrior spirit Achilles in the nether world tells Odysseus that he would rather be subjugated as a landless slave than be the king of the underworld due to the dreary existence in the land of the dead.
Nonetheless, Greek mythology stresses respect for the dead due to the belief in the continued existence of the fallen after their spirit has passed on.
- Vodun / Voodoo worshippers believe the souls of the dead walk among the living during a dance performed by hooded figures called Egunguns, or “living ghosts…”
- The Día de Los Muertos ceremony in Mexico connects the living with departed ancestors and family members. Offering items to deceased ancestors will help the departed souls through the afterlife, leaving water on the altar can help quench the spirit’s thirst.
- In Chinese folk religion, during she family reunions a “personator” will dress up as the ancestor to consume ritual offerings that relatives want to give to the departed.
- The Buddhist holiday of Pchum Ben is also known as Ancestors Day or the Caring for the Dead Ritual. In Cambodia families bring food offerings to their local Buddhist monks which is thought to transfer as merit to departed ancestors in the spirit world.
- The Celts believed the spirits of ancestors could walk among the living at will. To protect yourself from negative encounters, the living can offer food and drink to the ancestors.
- In the Shinto religion the ancestors are thought to be a type of spirit being called kami. There are many festivals and rites for presenting offerings through Shinto shrines in exchange for good results from the kami.
- In ancient Filippino religion the spirits of the ancestors called Anito influence events in the lives of the living. In a type of seance called the Paganito ceremony, a traditional shaman communicates with the Anito. The living also perform acts of worship and sacrifice to please the ancestral spirits.
- The Korean holiday of Chuseok is thanking the ancestors for the plentiful harvest includes a ritual called charye – laying out food and lighting incense for departed relatives.
- In Wales, Calan Gaeafi s the first day of winter. The spirits of the ancestors can walk amongst the living. The traditional way to…avoid a negative encounter with the spirits is by writing your name on a rock and placing it near a fire. [Interesting.]
- And in Christianity: An indulgence is the extra-sacramental remission of the temporal punishment due…in Purgatory…the application to one person of the satisfaction performed by others.
It is worth noting that of all the multitude of religions around the world, the majority – not just the Christian – follow the Hebrew’s ancient account of a Creator and Supreme God. This makes sense, as it provider the only account of a God powerful enough – because he controls creation, and compassionate enough, to sacrificially involve himself with mankind. This God alone provides a means of eternal life through reconnection of the soul with the body in a future resurrection.
“I [the personhood, the soul] know that my redeemer [from the condition of death] liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” (Job 19:25-27)
“I am the LORD / YHVH Creator thy God…and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me…thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help…I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death.” (Hosea 13:4-14)
Jesus / YHVH’s Promised Redeemer said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever [the personhood, the soul] liveth and believeth in me shall never die [experience the isolation of the soul]. Believest thou this?” (John 22:25-26)
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (I Corinthians 15:51-53)
This account alone has been preserved unchanged for thousands of years and has been continuously followed as a way to eternal life by adherents to at least four ancient religions comprising over 50% of the world’s current population.
These prevalence and incidence statistics call for the investigation of these claims.
Of all the sources of information on the afterlife, the Hebrew Bible offers the most comprehensive, reliable, verifiable, and plausible information. There is good reason why, according to Guinness World Records. “Although it is impossible obtain exact figures, there is little doubt that the Bible is the world’s best-selling and most widely distributed book. A survey by the Bible Society concluded that around 2.5 billion copies were printed between 1815 and 1975, but more recent estimates put the number at more than 5 billion.
And that’s not even taking into consideration the fact that the first section of this book commonly called the Torah, has been in continuous circulation for about 3,500 years. Can that be said about any other documentation?
- So there is something special about this book, inviting further investigation of its claims.