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Do Humans Have a Soul Believes soul starts at conception Canada
Prayer of Jabez Views of the prayer and God USA
Do Humans Have a Soul Questions on religion and the soul South Africa
Gays and Heaven Who is to judge you but God? USA
Life After Death Worried whether mother went to heaven after death Pakistan
Unity Principles Need more about the Divine Principle USA
Life After Death Not happy with my life and thinking of ending it all USA
Gays and Heaven Disagree that gays could go to Heaven USA
Islam Resources on Islam USA
Life After Death Do you meet with your family after you die? USA

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Believes soul starts at conception

Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul


March 29, 2010

I believe that at the moment the sperm managed to enter the egg, a human life begins to exist, at least at the religious point of view. True enough various stages of human growth have not even yet started, but at that very instant of physical joining, the symbolism has started, the spiritual aspect has began....thus the soul is at that critical moment manifest in its being.

Humans is a proud specie that always try to explain things using the high ends of modern technology. A thermonuclear explosion is an awesome force that could vaporized a large area thousand of times its physical size. But its strenght comes from a microsecond instant when the device was triggered. The same thing with the human soul. Even the most powerful of men on earth dead or living come from the lowly fact that they started at the instant of joining of those ovum and sperm cell.

- Canada



Thank you for your view that human life begins at the joining of the ovum and sperm, as well as the life having a soul. It seems a logical conclusion, even though there are people and religions that believe it starts at birth.

A good follow-up to this subject is the article: "Does Your Body Get a Soul or the Soul a Body?" at:

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Views of the prayer and God

Topic: Prayer of Jabez


March 1, 2010

Jabez is not Jesus or Paul. He is respected in his community and can rise with the Lord's help. We as christian don't have to be broke, busted and discussed. We can have less, more ,and are rich in Christ
It is a different circumstance all together and this should not ever be compared to Jesus to jumps us into church identification of something less of what is possible with God when your heart is right.
When less is read wrong and it really means to humble herself . Then you become more when you do ,and become less in the right context. How can I do for others if I am not blessed- Or if God and others do not bless me.
It is not just for church as I have heard some Pastors say . Would God only give to the church and nothing to his children? If a father can give his or her children wonderful gifts how much more can the Heavenly Father give his own children. Some might argue that the gifts that the Father gives is only spiritual. God covers all areas In my life and God is not worried about paying for light bills. lol

Robert - USA



Thank you for your comments.

The Prayer of Jabez is from the Old Testament Bible, just as some of the more popular prayers or poems from Psalms. They are not intended to be compared with the work of Jesus. Instead, they complement the work He did.

It is said that those who help others will be helped in return.

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Questions on religion and the soul

Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul


January 20, 2010

when a human dies there is an instant weight loss is this the spirit departing? as e=mc2 anything with mass has energy, just multiply the mass by the speed of light squared and you have the energy. what still mystifies me is if we have a spirit created by God, shouldn't we have memories of dwelling in God's house? or are we just meant to believe without any proof? this is surely an ungodly irrationality if god wants us back in his house?? what is the proof that god exists at all? i think it could be a psychological peculiarity in our massive dna sequence that we all believe in a god creator when the reality is we are only an extremely rare chemical reaction in the near infinite universe? why does the creator not reveal himself to us? i mean he created us smart enough to question him and hundreds of religions have existed on this planet, he is either very patient or an eternal optimist that we will eventually find the one truth, if this is so and we have been wrong then i wish we had never existed at all...or is this apocalyptical thinking? we shall see either way!!!

robert - South Africa



It has never been shown that there is an instant weight loss when a person dies. However, there is a weight loss afterwords, probably due to loss of fluids. Besides, it is unlikely that a spirit or soul has weight, otherwise it would tend to fall to the ground.

Many people have wondered why we do not have memories of things before our birth. Although, there are some people who have been hypnotized and seem to recall events from a past life. But none seemed to recall being in God's house. Perhaps it is in the subconscious mind and due to being human, it does not come to our own awareness.

Another puzzle is why God has not himself to us. Some people say that it proves that God does not exist. Others say that God put us on earth to let us fend for ourselves.

Looking at life, even the smallest bacteria, one would say that it is pretty amazing. We cannot be simply glorified machines. There must be something else that created or started life. We may never know until after we die. We can only speculate.

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Who is to judge you but God?

Topic: Gays and Heaven


January 13, 2010

I am no extremely religious person, and i also believe i am bisexual(female). I see it all humans are born sinners, it is the first thing you are made of even before being delivered and even the thought of stealing is "considered a sin" so who is to judge as you said but God. I feel unhappy because i cannot be who i truly want to be, if the good Lord wanted me to be happy why would i even have homosexual thoughts in the first place as anyone has "sinful, human" thoughts...I believe people are sinners in general if not acts, thoughts and at the end the Lord it is all up to.




Every human sins or does bad things. No one is perfect. Depending on your religious belief, you can still go to heaven, even though you sin. Some religions believe that if you are sorry for things you have done and lead a good life, you will go to heaven. Other religions believe that if you accept Jesus as your savior, you will go to heaven.

Although the Bible implies that homosexual acts are sins, it also says that sex outside of marriage is a sin, and even coveting what someone else has is a sin. It does not say that one sin is worse than the other.

The stigma of being a homosexual or bisexual is primarily due to close minded people who feel that their religion is the only religion and that everyone else will be going to hell.

God made you in His image. If you have homosexual thoughts or actions, so be it. Try to live a good life and a happy life, and don't worry what negative people may think. God is the final judge.

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Worried whether mother went to heaven after death

Topic: Life After Death


January 12, 2010

my mother died in pakistan while i was in uk when i am giving sadqa on behalf of her, will she know it is me who sent sadqa.the other question where her soul is with her grave or in heaven.i will be very thankful if some body convince me as i am very worried. thanks alot.

altaf - Pakistan



I am sorry to hear that your mother passed away. Giving sadqa or charity on behalf of your mother is a good gesture, both for you and her departed soul or spirit.

Although we cannot know for sure whether a person goes to heaven, I assume your mother was a good person and followed the requirements for heaven as stated in the Qur'an, her soul will be there. No religions believe the souls stays in the grave.

Keep her in your mind and lead a good life, so that she will be happy for you.

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Need more about the Divine Principle

Topic: Unity Principles


January 5, 2010

To whom it may concern ,
Until the " Fall " is addressed fundamentally , the " Principle " will never be reconciled . God will restore the creation but He needs our cooperation . Traditional Christian doctrine just doesn't have a modern understanding on how to overcome our " Fallen Nature ". With all due respect to you traditional Christians . Just as the day when Jesus tried to convey new understandings , you all are stuck rejecting someones opinion like the Messiah's . The Divine Principle is more than 5 , I can assure you . Sincerly

Joe - USA



Believers in Unity feel that humans were created in the "image of God" and are by nature good. They also believe that the Bible stories about the "fall" of Adam and Eve are not to be taken literally, but represent a message that people can make mistakes and should try to follow the good path.

They have a different interpretation of the Bible.

Note that our material is not an endorsement of any one religion. Instead it is an overview of the beliefs of various religions for the purpose of study.

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Not happy with my life and thinking of ending it all

Topic: Life After Death


December 12, 2009

Hi Im a 50yr old male and I have not been the best person but looking im really far from being evil. Im not happy in my life and IM thinking of just ending all the pain I know people say its depression but I really hate my self and seem to hurt the ones I love the most or I think I love I just dont know if I do end my life which I have planed for the end of the month will i be considered a killer.

Vinny - USA



At the age of 50, you have many years left to make amends for things you may have done in the past. Although you may not feel happy with your life, what you can do is to try to make someone else happy in that person's life. Just saying "good morning" to someone can make the person smile and start off his or her day on the right foot. What you will find is that when you try to help others in need or when you try to give someone a little joy that you will feel much better about yourself.

The reason many people have low self-esteem or are unhappy with their lives is because they feel insignificant in this world. However, by taking the focus off oneself and seeking to help others, you will find that you're making an impact and a difference in the world.

Don't start with the ones you love. Start with strangers, and just do some little things like greeting a person or opening a door for someone. These little things will make you feel better, and your loved ones will see the difference in you.

This website is about helping people become champions. Realize that you can become a champion in your life and in the lives of others.

Best wishes on your new path.

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Disagree that gays could go to Heaven

Topic: Gays and Heaven


November 17, 2009

There are those who like to say that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. Various verses are cited (out of context) and the verses that people use to show that homosexuality is wrong are explained away. The world wants to change God's words and meanings into something more suitable to its sinful desires. Nevertheless, the truth stands: The Bible condemns homosexuality as a sin. Here is what the HOLY BIBLE says about it:

Lev. 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."

Lev. 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them"

1 Cor. 6:9-10, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

Rom. 1:26-28, "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper."

Homosexuality is clearly condemned by the Bible. It goes against the created order of God. He created Adam and then made a woman. This is what God has ordained and it is what is right. Unlike other sins, homosexuality has a severe judgment administered by God Himself. This judgment is simple: They are given over to their passions. That means that their hearts are allowed to be hardened by their sins (Romans 1:18ff). As a result, they can no longer see the error of what they are doing. Without an awareness of their sinfulness, there will be no repentance and trusting in Jesus. Without Jesus, they will have no forgiveness. Without forgiveness, there is no salvation.


Arika - USA



Thank you for your comments.

If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, as well as the sins of others, then you will be saved. Also, those who are gay, those who murder and those who do other sins will be saved, if they repent and believe in Christ. Did He not tell the murderer on the cross next to Him, "Today, you will be in Heaven with me"?

On the other hand, if you do not believe in Christ, you are free to condemn gays to Hell, along with others.

Also, note that our lesson clearly states: "This is an educational website. We are not promoting any one religion."

The lesson also ends with the comment: "Do gays go to Heaven or Hell? No one knows but God."

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Resources on Islam

Topic: Islam


November 14, 2009

What's The Purpose of life?

Here you will get the answer :


Islam Guide: A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam, Muslims, & the Quran


The quran miracles encyclopedia

Islam house


The Religion of Islam




Thank you for your resources. See our lesson at: Five Pillars of Islam.

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Do you meet with your family after you die?

Topic: Life After Death


September 21, 2009

when you die do you go right to your family do you see them at the waiting place you go ? do you know who you are as the person that die ? do you remmber the love ones you let behind on earth ?do you forget how you die ? well suffering remmbering earth for oyur love ones ?do you think about coming back to earth one your at the waiting place where god puts you ? what things do we do in the waiting place where our soul or spirit are at? well we miss our love ones on earth ? i have many things more to ask i know you havent die to know this things but ony our god would know the real answer to this you could know maybe but what you have read. if you have any thing that could help with my though i will more then happy to hear from you thank oyu god bless you all have a wonderful night blessing with god .

lucy - USA



It is a difficult topic, since there are many viewpoints and there really is no proof of any of them.

It certainly would be nice to meet with your loved ones and friends who had passed away. But also there would be people you didn't like there. Maybe you could be friends with them also.

Perhaps you would be able to recall all of your experiences on Earth with others there, and reflect on both the good and the bad as simply experiences of life.

Some religions believe that you will come back to Earth as a different person and be able to live and experience another life. That certainly is an interesting thought. In fact most religions accept that possibility.

The biggest thing is to enjoy your experience here on Earth and appreciate what you have been given. Also, try to spread joy to others. I believe that what happens after your body dies will reflect on how you lived your life.

Best wishes and God bless you.

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