The fragility of life
Throughout our lives we witness all things perish whether they be plant, animal or people; if life teaches us something it is that all life ends. Therefore life is not immortal and when we look at our flesh bodies it is all too clear to us that we are not built for immortality.
As mortals life is then a short one, so for what purpose are we here then?
There is no doubt in my mind that this life is transition, a test to reveal our true character.
The material test of life
The situations we face bring out our real ‘self’ so that we can know ourselves and God can judge us based on the decisions we make.
The soul is immortal and uses our flesh body to interact with the world, when our body (brain specifically) is damaged we find it difficult to interact with the world. It is my belief that memories, intellect and our complete personality are part of our soul and it is only due to our weak fleshy brain that we forget things. Science is still trying to find where we store memories in our brain but is no closer to a definite answer due to the ‘real’ mind not being material in nature.
Do we take our memories with us?
Near Death Experiences
The Near Death Experience (NDE) is a very interesting thing to read up on. There continue to be cases of clinically dead persons who claim to experience the same thing, many recollect accessing feelings as well as flashbacks and some experience past, present and future all at once. But how is this all possible when the NDE’s brains show no activity at all? Some who experience NDE’s also recall crossing paths with other loved ones who have passed on, amazing and thought-provoking information.
So what are we?
With all the information out there on the soul’s immortality along with my belief that we must exist as some kind of being, I’d have to say that my description of the immortal soul and its interactions would go something like this:
All that we interpret through our five senses is energy; all matter is broken down into waves. Our body (which is also matter) converts waves into electrical signals that stimulate our brain and either creates images, sounds, feelings, etc. Our perception of this world is limited to our five senses and the health of our entire body. For example if we were to become paralyzed and lose half of our memories, they still remain in our mind, which is part of our soul, our ‘real self’.
Our ‘Real Self’ or Soul is energy, but this energy exists beyond our matter and is not measurable by us.
Having a physical body makes our thoughts and actions subject to time and the health of our bodies, without our physical bodies it seems we don’t experience time and have complete use of the facilities of our soul.
It’s as if our souls are waves of energy shooting around like radio waves, our bodies (including our brain) are transmitters/receivers, which connect us to the world. We are limited to what we can access due to the limits of our transmitter/receiver, not due to the limits of our soul. With this understanding it is possible that there is something out there that connects us all together when our souls are free from our fleshy bodies. There must be a transmitter/receiver that allows us to access our thoughts, memories etc when outside the body, could this great transmitter/receiver be God? I think it could be a function of God’s power to connect us all together.