I read the thread you mentioned . . . maybe I need to read your paper. I can't really see anything that brought you to that position?K wrote:I believe the soul remains the same always—it never changes. What does change is whether or not the soul possesses a body wherein its capacities can function. Soul and body combined together both produce a "living soul," that is a soul that can interact with the world. Genesis 2:7 supports this: "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Here we see "body" + "breath of life" (i.e., soul [or spirit as you'd define it]) = "living soul."
I'm also not sure whether you've read posts within the thread entitled "Hell", but I detail a fair bit more there also.
So, you believe we have a physical body and that we have a soul. This soul is immortal . . . it is our essence. It would be parallel to what I have considered the spirit. But, you believe that the soul must have some sort of body in order to do or experience anything, and therefore, to experience the spiritual, it must have a spiritual body. Fallen man has a spirit, but it is dead, and therefore, the soul cannot perceive or experience spiritual things. Death in this state seals the soul in a position in which it cannot perceive/experience.
I have some thoughts on this, especially in the context of our discussion, but I'll postpone them because 1) I have to go to class now, and 2) I want to get a confirmation that the above accurately represents your ideas. It won't do us any good if we're talking at each other but misunderstanding each other's basic premises