Do human beings possess a soul? The Apostle Paul thought so, and he alludes to this fact in today’s reading. While he is ultimately thinking about the new bodies we will one day receive from God, he also makes it clear it is our souls which put these new bodies on.
“Surely you don’t expect me to believe in such an outdated concept as the soul?” I hear you ask.
Well, some scientists think we should, and they have evidence to support their idea.
Dr. Sharon Dirckx (sounds like “lyrics”) is a Neuroscientist who has studied the human brain extensively and she is convinced we have a conscious existence after our brains have died and ceased to function.
The prevailing opinion of many scientists is that we are the sum total of our brain and when it stops functioning its game over – we cease to exist. The trouble is, as beautiful, amazing, and complex as the brain is, it (and scientists) cannot explain human consciousness!
Dirckx points out that while we can measure neural networks when thoughts take place in the brain, we are unable to track what the thought is – the only way you can discover that is to ask the person what they are thinking.
She also explains the difference between measuring a person’s physical brain activity and their experience, because our experience of something transcends the physical. She writes, “I can’t measure what’s in their minds. I can’t measure what it’s actually like to be you. Why not? Because the brain alone is not enough to explain the mind.”
It seems there is strong evidence to support the belief that we have a conscious existence after we die, what we call the soul. This does not mean we base our beliefs on this evidence alone, but it is encouraging to see science catching up with what the Bible has been saying for thousands of years!
The important question is, “Where will your soul be after you die?”
Try and describe to each other what coffee smells like. Can you do this with just words or is it something you must experience?