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The Triune Nature of Humans

According to the triune idea of humans, we consist of three main essences: body, soul, and spirit. These three are mentioned often in the Bible in distinct situations.

The body is our physical existence. We experience the world through our bodies. We see each other's bodies. This is straightforward.

The spirit is our spiritual existence. It is what enables us to talk with God and to have an existence beyond the physical world.

The soul connects the two. Unlike the others, it doesn't exist in either the physical or spiritual sense. It is a philosophical idea of the continuity of existence.

When a 90-year-old man recognizes himself in a photograph of himself when he was 10, what makes them the same person? All of his cells have changed. You can hardly say they think alike. They are "different people" in almost every way. They share little in common.

However, the continuity of existence remains. You can follow a continuous thread of existence throughout his lifetime. You can watch as he ages, and gradually changes to who he is today.

This is the soul. It is our identity. It is the continuity of our own existence. It is the thread through our lives.

Animals can also be said to have souls. You can follow a continuous thread in their existences as well. However, they do not have spirits. They have no way to connect to the spiritual realm. They are stuck in the physical.

When we die, our bodies die, but our spirits remain. Our spirits hold onto the continuity of our existence and bring it beyond the physical.

In the resurrection, the duality of the soul and spirit is rejoined into the triune nature of body, soul, and spirit, as we were initially created.

Just some thoughts. I'm willing to clarify these points and to be corrected by appropriate scripture references.

I might be totally off here and "dividing soul and spirit" improperly with my own words . :P

Posting this was a perfect example of Cunningham's Law in action.
> Cunningham's Law states "the best way to get the right answer on the internet is not to ask a question; it's to post the wrong answer."

(I'm not totally convinced I'm completely wrong, but I'm going to read more to understand the concepts better)

cc @eschatosoof

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@josias As I understand it, man as a reflection of the trinity is being completed in being united in and to Christ.

Not certain about a "mind/soul" split with a scriptural or traditional basis?

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@jeremiah The Bible talks about mind, soul, and spirit in different contexts. They are related but different.

I'll need to read more about it.

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@josias I believe the three-fold distinction is from the greeks, the Jews hold to a two-fold view. But it is not that important, just like we can divide a human body in many parts, it's still human. The new testament using three terms is to put emphasis on the WHOLE man.

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@eschatosoof Ah okay. But I do believe that some Christians have held the triune view. I'll read more about this.

@josias @eschatosoof when looked into your question, I found in my own tradition texts that represented the split as two body/soul, and one that suggested mind and soul were the upper and lower halves of the spiritual entity. The differences are almost certainly semantic; which "intellectual furniture" is appropriate for the point being made.

The the notion that human triune nature represents completion, rather than the earthy state of preparation for it makes most sense to me. :-)

@jeremiah @josias @eschatosoof Do you mean "human triune nature" in the sense that Christians believe it; or some other version?

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@josias This statement clarifies the fact that sin will prevail in "The Millennium", because we will still have our bodies (contaminated with sins), and therefore many people will fail (and then Ap. 20:7-8 will happen).
The glorification of the body will come after this period and there will be no possibility of sins.
Overall, I really liked this post that you made, Josi!

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@josias Now I'm looking into this again, it seems like my comment was a little confusing; I'm deeply thinking it's not true.

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@GenesiX We'll figure it out when it happens. Until then, we're just speculating. :)

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