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by Ron Kurtus

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Do Humans Have a Soul Near death experience USA
Do Humans Have a Soul Thanks UK
Unity Principles Where does Jesus stand in Unity? USA
Buddhism Four Noble Truths Suggested correction USA
Buddhism Four Noble Truths Suggested correction UK
Soul or Body When do we get our soul? USA
General Did the Earth exist before Genesis 1 in the Bible? South Africa
Buddhism Four Noble Truths Getting rid of chronic pain Canada
Soul or Body Viewing life from a soul perspective UK
Do Humans Have a Soul We have a universal soul USA

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Near death experience

Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul


November 9, 2020

I would like to comment on whether there is a human soul. I am a bone cancer survivor and while fighting for my life I believe I temporarily died and left my physical body and was able to observe my body lying on the bed below me. I was able to observe all the objects in the room from the ceiling. When I tried to observe my being I was transparent and did not appear to have a visible physical quality even though I had the ability to see and observe my environment. After a couple of minutes I returned back to my body and was staring up at the ceiling. My experience taught me that my physical body is my interface to the physical world I live in and that every human has a soul.

Marty - USA



It sounds like you had a Near-Death Experience which certainly could indicate you have a soul.

See: Do Near-Death Experiences Happen? for information on the subject.

At the very least, I am glad that you are a survivor. Best wishes for a long and successful life.

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Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul


April 27, 2020

just wanted to say I very much like your down-to-earth website... I am a practical philosopher working on what is the best way to put across my thoughts to a very diverse audience without it being too academic (for those that might need help the most).

simon - UK



Thanks for the kind words. I am glad the material was useful to you.

Best wishes for success in your work and in getting your thoughts across in an understandable manner to other people.

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Where does Jesus stand in Unity?

Topic: Unity Principles


August 15, 2019

I was born and raised as a Catholic but eventually became a non-denominational Christian. I believe in the bible and believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Where does Jesus stand in Unity?

peggy - USA



Unity Church followers believe that all humans are the children of God and share that divine potential. Thus, they believe in the divinity of Jesus, but only in the sense that Jesus is the great example of the Christ in physical form.

Thus, their view is not that Jesus came to save us from our sins but rather as an example of how to relate to God.

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Suggested correction

Topic: Buddhism Four Noble Truths


October 2, 2018

please correct the phrase "The First Truth is that all life is suffering, pain, and misery."
you go on to correctly state "suffering exists" which is more accurate. please correct your initial sentence to be "The First Truth is that suffering, pain, and misery exist." all of life is not suffering. i think it's safe to say that unless a person is tortured from birth, almost every human has moments of joy and happiness. your incorrect sentence is the first search result that pops up in google when using search term "causes of suffering in buddhism" so please be responsible and state the teachings accurately

Edward - USA



Thank you for pointing that out. I corrected the phrase and tried to get the right wording in the Four Noble Truths article.

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Suggested correction

Topic: Buddhism Four Noble Truths


September 30, 2018

Just messaging to say that the first Noble truth is that there is suffering, not that everything is suffering. Furthermore this is why attachment to material phenomena is the cause of suffering, not attachment to suffering itself being the cause as the first truth would mean.

Many thanks:)

Ben - UK



Thank you for pointing that out. I corrected the phrase and tried to get the right wording in the Four Noble Truths article.

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When do we get our soul?

Topic: Soul or Body


September 20, 2018

When do we get our soul?

Roxana - USA



Most Catholics and some from other religions believe that a human gets a soul at the time of conception. Since the fetus then has a soul, Catholics are against abortion.

Many other Christian religions believe the baby gets a soul at the time of birth.

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Did the Earth exist before Genesis 1 in the Bible?

Topic: General


February 1, 2018

Did the earth existed before Genesis 1 and was there a world before Genesis 1 Some believe it was where the dinosaurs came from.

Henrico - South Africa



The article Big Bang Theory and Religion gives a good explanation relating to the views of various religions on this issue.

I hope that helps answer your question.

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Getting rid of chronic pain

Topic: Buddhism Four Noble Truths


June 4, 2017

Can you please explain what the 8 attitudes or paths really mean? What is meant by right view, right speech, right intention, etc.etc. I would also like to know how cessation of desires would end chronic physical pain.As an example someone who is born with a painful condition who is still too young to have formed any desires or attachments in life?

Joe - Canada



You can see explanations of the items in Noble Eightfold Path in Buddhism. They provide the recommended attitudes and conduct for a good life.

Desires and attachments in life seem to concern the mental and emotional conditions. For example, a person with chronic pain should not be envious of those without the pain. Some meditation practices can help a person alleviate pain. However, medication practices still are usually required.

Best wishes for both physical and spiritual health.

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Viewing life from a soul perspective

Topic: Soul or Body


March 30, 2017

I have been having more experiences to indicate I would benefit from viewing this life from my soul persective. When I do its amazing, but then resist and feel tired. It feels a bit of a battle with myself. I was happier feeling I was a body and having occassional spiritual experiences. Now I feel I need to just focus on the soul perspective which I am sure would feel good but how to release my resistance? I guess my ego is fighting to keep the illusion going. I am practicing surrender but any other help would be useful.

Sally - UK



One viewpoint I like is that we are spirits having a human experience.

Take a look at our Spiritual Health area. There are only a few articles, but they may give you some insight.

Also see Sensing Spirits for more insight. In sensing the unknown, it seems that the harder you try, the less it seems to work. This is similar to your experiences.

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We have a universal soul

Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul


January 3, 2017

My belief on "Do humans have a soul" is that all humans are born into one shared soul or spirit, and our behavior may be from our genetics and learned behavior combined. You can also teach yourself new behavior with concentration of your brain when and if our brain is mature enough.

Amorita - USA



There are a number of religions that believe there is a universal soul that everyone is part of. In such a case, that spirit or soul is having many human experiences.

Yes, behavior comes from genetics and learning. That could explain bad behavior independent of the soul.

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