Identity and the Soul
The Soul Cannot Die
Thomas Aquinas said that because the soul can’t be destroyed, the parts of a person’s soul after death should be the same as they were before the death. So, the unchangeable soul should be able to keep its identity whether it is with the physical body or temporarily separated while waiting for the last day’s resurrection. Because of this, Aquinas doesn’t see any problem with the idea that people keep their identities after death, even though the soul is no longer with the dead body.
It stays this way until the last day when it meets the resurrected body for the last time. It’s as if the soul has an eternal plan for the resurrected organic body, which will be brought back to life by divine power. This makes it possible for all people to be perfect in the end, or for those who deserve eternal damnation to be destroyed in the end. So, what does this have to do with putting things right and being honest? To answer this question, we must first look at the metaphysical connection between body and soul, between physical existence and spiritual nature. For this, we need to look at the human soul itself.
Physical Existence and Spiritual Substance
The fact that the human soul can’t be destroyed, which is a reflection of God’s divine nature, shows that the divine plan is already written all over the universe. As Genesis 1:26-27 tells us:
Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
The Divine Mind
Charles Fillmore wrote in his 1936 book Prosperity, “Divine mind is the one and only reality.” In contrast to the mortal body, the spiritual body lives forever in the heavens and is not made by people. All of creation is made up of a divine, spiritual substance that can never be used up. What we think of as physical matter is only the tip of what God made.
Spirit is not matter. God is not a physical matter but a spiritual substance. Matter has shape, but God, who is the source of all shape, has none. Spiritual substance lies beneath the physical world we see. This substance first takes shape in our minds, and we bring it into our lives by becoming one with it and reconnecting with the limitless source which we all come from.
The spiritual thing we’re talking about is alive, not just a pile of dead food that doesn’t fill you up or a pool of water that doesn’t quench your thirst. The spiritual stuff is bread and water that keep on giving life.
People who eat God’s spiritual food will never feel hungry or thirsty. You cannot win or lose spiritual substance as you can with earthly fortune. It is something that stays the same.
It is an unbreakable rule that is as important to reality as the rules of math. We can’t live without God’s spiritual supply, just like we can’t live without the source of life. As God is everywhere in the universe and life is in every cell of the body, spiritual energy flows freely through people.
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