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General Demon possession Kenya
 
Do Humans Have a Soul What happens at death? USA
 
Do Humans Have a Soul 6-year-old son died in accident USA
 
General Online Seminary Schools USA
 
General Thoughts on the basis of religion Bangladesh
 
General Do miracles happen? USA
 
Do Humans Have a Soul Can we test to see if we have a soul? England
 
Unity Principles Does Unity believe that Jesus died for our sins? USA
 
Do Humans Have a Soul Picture of Solar Phallus Man USA
 
Do Humans Have a Soul Curious about this thing called 'soul' Bulgaria
 

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Demon possession

Topic: General

Question

June 16, 2014

what is your view on issues pertainning to demon possession is it something you allow or you can be sold unknowingly???

Peter - Kenya

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Some religions believe that you can be possessed by a demon. However, most religions do not accept that viewpoint.

A person who believes in demons will often imagine them around him and even make poor decisions, resulting in harm. If you refuse to believe it or you confront any frightening situation with bravery, such things as a demon taking control of you cannot exist.

If others are talking about demons, simply say, "Nonsense. I believe in reality."

I hope this answers your question.

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What happens at death?

Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul

Question

May 28, 2014

If a soul did exist, what happens at death?

Harris - USA

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After a person dies, the soul could go to heaven (or hell), it could be reincarnated and come back as another person, or it could go into some other existence. Unfortunately, we can only speculate.

See: What Happens After You Die? for more information.

At the moments near death, the soul could be making some sort of transition. See: Do Near-Death Experiences Happen?

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6-year-old son died in accident

Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul

Question

October 17, 2013

I lost my 6 year old son in 2002 to a vehicle accident. I cannot begin to describe this experience to you in words. In some beliefs systems there is something called "Dark Night of the Soul". It is when something so bad happens in your life that, when you lose the sense of everything, you are only left with yourself. The Dark Night of the Soul becomes and entire cycle of life and re entry into the world as a survivor of an incredible tragedy.
I believe this happened to me after my son's death. The only path I could perceive was that my son still existed out there in the other realms; or what is sometimes referred to as the Higher Self; or the existence of our being in another dimensional level. I cannot prove this of course but it was an empowering experience that allowed to move forward here on earth and keep moving through this life; it was hope, strength, power, fortitude, perseverance, love, passion and a desire to keep living.
I am a musician and created a CD about this experience. I will leave you my web site address
www.micklabriola.com/songs-for-diego/

mick - USA

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It is truly sad to lose a young child. I am sure many with the same experience also suffered "dark days". Your re-entry into the world certainly is a positive move. You can also think of it as your son looking down on you from above and wanting you to be happy and live a good life and not be mournful.

I updated your link to your "Songs for Diego" page.

Best wishes with your music and for a good life.

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Online Seminary Schools

Topic: General

Question

June 13, 2013

Hello,

My name is Kate Hubbard and I represent OnlineSeminarySchools.org. I am reaching out to you today regarding a free resource that my team and I have published on our site titled: How To Find a Job In Theology. To view our article click the following link: onlineseminaryschools.org/how-to-find-a-job-in-theology/

Our goal here at OnlineSeminarySchools.org is to help spread the word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through educating those who have been called to spread the gospel. It can be difficult at times for students of the lord to find employment. This is why our resource outlines great strategies to help the lords scholars earn their living while serving our heavenly father.

We are so excited about our mission. We truly want to spread the word about our free resource throughout the Christian community. If you would like to share our article on your page please let me know. It would be greatly appreciated.

God Bless,

Kate - USA

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I linked to the article in Career Resources under career advice and to your home page in Religion Resources.

Best wishes with your school.

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Thoughts on the basis of religion

Topic: General

Question

September 10, 2012

As per formula of evolution; going to the last border/boundary of everything of creation, it would be felt nothing except touch of nature power. In the finalization of matter there is nothing but energy or ray, so we can take the decision that “Everything of the present universe is the result of evolution of single energy of Power”. In this way- again we can take the decision that “Beginning of the creation a part of the power of the nature became divisible as a result of the big bang”. Nature means many instances such as; Allah, God, Dark energy, Single dimension, Super power, Black body, Big or minimal black hole, A black hole, Primordial black hole, Borders on the spiritual, Ultimate reality, Huge reserve of the natural force, Primordial whole and eternity present, Absolute zero space-time and physics. & so on.

Shahidur Rahman - Bangladesh

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Thank you for your insights on the nature of the Universe and relationship to a higher power. It can be a difficult subject to comprehend.

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Do miracles happen?

Topic: General

Question

May 24, 2012

Is it possible chemistry is a fake of some kind? ...that the laws of gravity, physics, chemistry, logic, etc., are able to be overcome by faith?

I never witnessed a miracle until 34, now I've seen so many. Dead on my wedding day for 3 hours, etc. Husband & I had 1/3 of our store stolen in months. By a faith action, no one could steal from us without being caught for the next 11 years in business.

When my chosen doctrine of "no Satan" was proven wrong, It was allowed that he should appear to me while working at the State Department. If anthrax was in a Petrie dish, AFTER applying faith, and the anthrax died, would the power of faith spread to all other stored germs?

I am supposed to do faith experiments, but if science laws were set up by Satan, I fear being involved with chemistry, gravity, physics, or logic.

Carolyn - USA

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Chemistry, physics and other such sciences are based on observable and repeatable experiments and results.

Some miracles are debatable. If God set some laws the way that matter was supposed to behave, would He break those laws to make a miracle? On the other had, there are views that both God and Satan can influence the way people act.

Also, some things--such as an accident--happen by chance. Did it happen because God intervened, or was it because someone prayed or didn't pray?

Some people feel that their faith and prayers can affect the way things happen. If that is what happens in their experience, then they certainly will believe it.

Religion, faith, and spiritual issues can go hand-in-hand with science.

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Can we test to see if we have a soul?

Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul

Question

May 7, 2012

If we have a spirit, then it must be doing something whilst in our body. Do you think it's possible that someone smart enough will come along and explain how the spirit works?
If the mind is the spirit, then they would have to know how the mind works also, they would have to be a genius.Nobody knows how the mind works.
I read about someone who lives with Aspergers (Autism)he claims to have had many out-body-experiences throughout his life, through these experiences and autism, he has learnt how the mind and spirit works. He's going to write a book about it called "Autism and the spirit". Is this possible, somebody who can explain the two greatest mysteries known to mankind. I understand that a number of people who live with Aspergers are geniuses.

Rudy - England

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Since your spirit or soul is part of you, it may be possible to sense it or have a feeling of its existence.

There are people who have almost died who claim to have had near-death experiences, where they saw "the other side" and could tell others about it.

Also, some people have had out-of-body experiences. There is a study in a hospital where they are testing whether people having out-of-body experiences during an operation can actually see some hidden objects, as opposed to imagining they had the experience.

Still, the connection between the physical body and the spiritual is difficult to understand.

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Does Unity believe that Jesus died for our sins?

Topic: Unity Principles

Question

May 3, 2012

What does the Unity faith teach concerning the Christian belief that Jesus died on the cross for our sins therefore releasing us from them ?

Barbara - USA

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Unity takes the metaphysical view of Biblical stories.

In answer to the question, “Does Unity believe in the deity of Jesus Christ?”, the official statement of faith replies, “Yes, Unity teaches that the spirit of God lived in Jesus, just as it lives in every person. Every person has the potential to express the perfection of Christ, as Jesus did, by being more Christ-like in everyday life.” (From article on Unity School of Christianity)

In other words, they don't seem to believe that Jesus died for our sins.

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Picture of Solar Phallus Man

Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul

Question

April 28, 2012

Sol Cohen says:
Do we have a soul is very difficult to prove. However, if you were to find a image on you car that had a standing man with two fee, two legs, two hands. a vague head and shoulders area would you take a photo of it?

Well I did and also discovered that it had a penius.

In my readings I discovered Carl Jung and his story of the Solar Phallus Man.
The well told story is that as an intern he met a patient who would stand at the window and look out at the sun. When asked why he did that he replied "when I squint my eyes I can look at the sun and see that it has a proturasion and when it moves it moves the winds on earth".

Jung discovered as was translating Greek mytholgy that this was an ancient myth. Aa the patient was not able to have know this myth he believed that this was proof of the exisence of a Universal Unconsicous. Plato and many others had assumed the posibility that we all carry in our genes the memories of our ancesors religious beliefs.

Jung worte: "The Solar Phallus Man carries on his shoudlers the burden of proof of the existence of an Universal Unconscious".

The image that I photographed contained, above his shoulders, images that may indicate that we do have a soul.

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Google "Solar Phalluls Man" and click on Solar Phallus Man history to see the images that were all in the image on my car that may have been an egg thrown by vandels. When I used the new Kodak machine to print this image the ultraviolet filter made the area above it's shoulders visible

Sol - USA

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The problem with an image of something seen on a car or other surface is that it could be just a random arrangement of material that looks like something mystical. People have taken pictures of cloud formations, burnt toast, and other items that looked like people or spirits.

It could be something miraculous or simple a coincidence.

Although the existence of the soul cannot be proven or disproven, you can get an idea of it by searching inward to experience your own spiritual nature.

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Curious about this thing called 'soul'

Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul

Question

April 26, 2012

Greetings !

I enjoyed your article. I am very curious about this thing called 'soul'. Your article gave me some good information about it, but unfortunately, it is still not enough. I think scientists should make a investigation on this thing called 'soul'. I don't see any prove of its existing. It seems to me that the concept of 'soul' is the same as the concept of 'god'. As a matter of fact, the word 'soul' came from the bible, is that correct ? Correct me if i am wrong, but isn't the human consist of memories and information ? When a person dies, his perceptions also stops and therefore he cannot receive or store anymore information and therefore the information he has should disappear ? If that's the case then clearly such a thing as 'soul' cannot exist, because it cannot retain nor receive anymore information. I would like to see more scientific investigations about this. Also, any scientific evidence should be presented as a fact and not theory.

Thank you for your article !

Tisho - Bulgaria

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Certainly, the idea of a person having an eternal soul that exists after the body dies is appealing. Philosophers have speculated on the concept, but there is no way to really prove it. Certainly, scientists cannot prove or disprove the existence of the soul.

In reference to the Bible, a big problem is that words change in translation from different languages. The word "soul" could also mean "life spirit", which is a different concept.

One nice concept is that we are really spirits having a human experience. Perhaps, after one body dies, that spirit and its knowledge will pass into another new body.

I guess once a person dies, he or she can find out what the truth is.

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