The spirit & the soul




Perhaps see the earlier webpage:
The two meanings of the word ‘spirit’.,,,,,

In the Bible, the word ‘spirit’ has two meanings:
            Spirit(ghost) . . . the eternal quality
                                         of your body & brain.

            Spirit(core) . . . . the inner you.

This webpage is about the spirit(core), the inner you.





An operation on, illness of, or damage to, the brain
affects any human thought, feeling, or activity,
you care to mention.

Therefore all thoughts, feelings, & activities,
are caused by only the brain (axons, dendrites & synapses).


Functionally speaking:

            Your spirit(core) is:
                       your central area, the inner you, the real you.

            Your soul is:
                       your outer area, the outer you, the not quite you.


 HUMAN BRAIN  spirit(core)  soul



            spirit(core)  =  core of brain

            soul  =  outer area of brain  =  mind
+ emotions + cultures.

            The mind and the emotions are vital.
            But cultures are not vital.


,         ,         Hence, in text & diagrams, I often omit cultures.




The spirit(core) and the soul
can each function
independently of one another.  
Heb c4 v12

            Your spirit(core)
            functions on its own:
                       when you are, say,
                       praying in tongues, with eyes shut,
                       focussed entirely on someone’s miraculous need,
                       with your mind switched off.

            Your soul
            functions on its own:
                       when you are, say,
                       very involved in an earthly activity
                       that doesn’t even properly involve people.







The mind and the emotions are vital.
But cultures are not vital.


Hence, in text & diagrams, I often omit cultures.

Functionally speaking:
            a culture (or more probably a number of cultures),
            the outer layer of the soul.



 HUMAN BRAIN  spirit(core)  soul  culture


If a number of people each have only one culture
and it’s the same culture
then that culture makes them all seem alike, even look alike.

            Making all its members seem alike reduces variety,
            something God dislikes.
            (God is constructive, and so likes variety).

            But the constructive aspects of such a culture
            would more than make up for that homogenising effect.


A human’s layer of cultures
begins at zero thickness
then grows:

            The first culture is usually:
                       child discipline,

            followed by:
                       the moral disciplines of adulthood
                       along with many other, non-moral, cultures.


            Your layer of cultures may grow quite thick:

                       Each culture may grow or shrink.

                       More cultures may yet be added, or taken away.


            As a child:
                       Cultures are usually imposed on you.

            As an adult:
                       You’re more free to discard/reduce cultures
                       &/or add/increase cultures.

                       You may even invent a culture.


Some cultures (age, race, etc)
you may be stuck with.

Some cultures (music, pastimes, etc)
you can add, change, or discard.

Here, in no particular order,
are some examples of cultures:

            social class
            income level
            chosen religion
            inherited religion
            clothes & fashion
            sexual orientation
            being a parent or not
            educational standard
            national characteristics
            worldliness, or lack of it,
            marriage/relationship or single





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