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   Consider 3 observations about the soul from the Bible:

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   (1)  Jesus’ extravagant promise to the one repentant thief who died beside him on the cross: “Today you will be with Me in Paradise.” [Lk:23:43]

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   (2)  Jesus’ words about suffering: “Do not fear those who can kill the body, but those who can kill the soul.”

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   (3)  Jesus’ rare giving of a detailed answer to a taunting, but real, question: When a married man with 6 brothers dies, and one of His brothers takes the widow and marries her, and then he dies and another brother marries her, and so on until the last brother marries her and dies. “Whose wife in the afterlife will she be?” Jesus is asked. Jesus then answers, “In the resurrection…[people] never marry or are given in marriage.” [Lk.20:35]

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   Consider these further observations¹, raw and hasty as they may seem. First, and most basic is that it is assumed that the Bible record correctly records these historical events as presented in the English translation.

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   As to (1): When dead, Jesus’ body was put in a tomb from which He arose 3 days later. The body of the repenting thief (as well as the body of the other thief) probably ended up in the garbage dump. The soul, not a weighable, or tangible, part of a dead body went to be with Jesus in Paradise.

   As to (2): The clear implication here is that there is something besides a person’s body that can be destroyed: a weightless (and invisible to Earth eyes) but identifiable “chooser”–“heart” or “brain” as it’s usually referred to. [Perhaps considering extra-dimensionality is a bit helpful here.]

   As to (3): It’s implied in several places in the Bible that there’s “individuality” in the hereafter–but no death, no marriage. Why? For one reason there’s severe punishment for those who turned their “backs” on, or denied God; and there’s degrees of reward for those who accepted and trusted in God and then have abundant “conscious” (but at what age-level?) happiness and contentment, but no sorrow–or marriage.

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   ¹ Remember, these are fascinating and memorable devotional expressions, not extensively investigated thoughts (by “us”).