And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.(Genesis 4:10) KJV
We find our next clue in Genesis 4. The injured party, Abel, is crying out in pain and anguish in a way that the Lord can hear but Abel’s body is dead and his blood is now seeping into the ground.
At this point we can fairly conclude that the body is, metaphorically, an earthen vessel, which is animated by a spirit from God when the vapor dissolves into the aqueous phase. This is the blood. The soul inhabits this medium somehow, and the soul is what perceives stimuli and interacts through the body with the environment. Yet the soul is still perceiving stimuli and interacting even when the body is dead.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
This brings up an interesting issue which is that, Biblically, the liquid phase of our life, our blood, causes our body to be alive. The voice of his blood cried out, not the blood itself. This is a subtle nuance. Our voice is a vibration in the air with a timbre and resonance which is unique to each of us, such that we’re recognizable by our voice. It’s an essence of our personality.
This is who we are: the soul. The brain, as it happens, isn’t the location of our soul. The brain is the control system for the body and it may store memories, but it doesn’t contain our consciousness or personality.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.(Ecclesiastes 12:7) KJV
If our body returns to the dust and our spirit returns to God then Abel’s soul, his consciousness and personality, was the part of him which was crying out. The soul inhabits the body/blood/spirit system somehow. The soul perceives stimuli and interacts with the environment by means of the body. Yet the soul is still perceiving stimuli and interacting even when the body is dead. We’re not finished. We’ll dig deeper tomorrow.
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