Can There Be Humans Without a Soul?

The question is: Would a scientifically Cloned human who was NOT “incubated” or grown inside a human mother for 9 months….would it have any Soul?

Suppose a Mother is going to have twins. They will be born and they will be healthy. Will each twin have a Soul?  Most everyone will also say “Yes!” Of course. But now, just suppose—

A scientist Clones a human being from conception in a Petri dish and somehow feeds and “grows” it outside a Mother until  “regular 9-month birth time” and then keeps feeding it and letting some parents adopt it.  A healthy, functioning, CLONE.  It can crawl, later walk, learn to talk and keep on developing as a natural kid would. Question: but does this “human” have a Soul??  While most people would say the husband & wife “made a  baby”, we *don’t* usually say that the parents “put” the Soul into the baby.

So, if God does it for a Natural baby (puts a Soul into the body), does a Scientist put a Soul into a lab-created Clone? I think people would say “NO!”.  How would they? From where? 

—then, now we have a Human without  a Soul, and when it dies, there is nothing to go to Heaven, or Hell, or even any sort of near-death or after-death anything!!

It gets weirder and opens a big can of worms.  Religiously, if one has no soul, is it possible to be “tempted”? It would seem not. If no soul, then WHAT is being tempted?  Another question: If your Soul hasn’t sinned (because you dont have one), will the Clone escape any Judgement Day?  There is still more—

When “natural” people have a near-death experience, they often report they experienced a rapid Life-review of their earthly Life. Would this happen if a being had no Soul? If there is no soul to go on to a Hell, or Heaven, or some other “plane”, then what’s the point? Would anything–other than–a Soul go to a Heaven or a Hell?  What?

What is Spirituality?

What is Spirituality?

What do you feel it is?  Why?

step 1.  DEFINE EVERYTHING!
WHAT IS –being on “the Path”? The path to what? and why that?
What IS –‘Enlightenment”?
What is the 1st sign of “Awakening”? And why do you feel that is the first sign?
How is a “more spiritual” person different from a less spiritual one? And don’t hide behind “I don’t want to judge anyone”.
What does ANYONE even mean by “Spirituality” anyway? To say “spiritual, but not religious” still tells anyone asking nearly nothing. And being vague is not being profound. Or any sign of “wisdom”.

Get specific! What does the guru mean by it? What do *you* mean by it? and why that?

…..and….if all of the above is too “hard core” or “exhausting” for you, then you are either “faking it” or still haven’t “evolved” enough.
What is Spirituality?—“spirituality is just a too-politically-correct word for wimps who wont take a stand on anything and don’t know what the hell they believe. But they think it sounds “cool” anyway”. What do you believe? Why does it makes sense to you?
NO APOLOGIES for defining things!

And then there is spiritual “development”. What is that? How would you know you have developed and are “further along the Path” than you were before?

Name 3 bad spiritual paths. What makes the path you are following now, better?
Do you have ANY idea -at all- of 4 or 5 of the popular beliefs/paths that people have followed as “alternative spirituality” over the last 150 years? Name them. Who was the founder? What did they teach? Again, how is what you are doing now, better?
Do you believe there are “paths” that are a waste of time (and don’t just pick on Christianity. Dare to critique another “alternative spirituality belief-system”).
I really want to know. And no, I’m not an Atheist or Materialist.

Service is over-rated.

Service, is overrated! Serving humanity. “A life of service.”

” Giving Back to the Community. ”

So that we can “Make a difference”.

And feel “empowered”.

Funny how no one ever spells out exactly what “the Community” ever already did for them, personally, so that they would ever feel any need to “give back” in the first place!

Its not that doing good things for others is bad, I’m not saying that. But its overrated. Far too many people do it so they can tell others that they did. They want the recognition.

To show they “cared”. And “made a difference”. Now, they get to feel “empowered.” And they “gave back to the Community” more than you did. It goes too far. And “being of service” far too often becomes a matter of putting burdens and a sense of obligation and Duty onto others –and ourselves!

Far too many people “give back” so that they can wear the pin or ribbon they got for “serving” to work the next day, so folks will ask them what that is, and maybe then they can 1-upmanship you and say how they “cared” enough to “make a difference” and now they “feel empowered” .

How much Volunteerism would really get done if you couldn’t tell anyone that you did it?

And, just suppose, what if loving  and seeking God counted more than how many sandwiches you made at the Soup kitchen, or how many fundraisers you went to, or marathons you ran in?  What if understanding spiritual laws and developing yourself spiritually counts more in the afterlife than your last fundraiser?

In the Bible, Jesus says in Matthew, chapter 22, verse 37 that the greatest commandment is that “you shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul and all of your mind.” In the very next verse,  verse 38, he adds that “This is the first and great commandment.”  After that, if you continue reading further, he goes on to say that the second  great commandment is “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

In my opinion, the problem today is that too many people are trying to do the 2nd commandment and ignoring the 1st.

While Charity and doing good works are commendable, i feel that “Making a Difference” is todays politically-correct all-the-rage FAD. Everyone-and-their-dog wants to “make a difference” –and while kindness is good,  “service” and  “giving back” can become a burden that robs you of  pleasure and Joy!

Don’t let it. Too much service can drain you emotionally. Some, is good. But watch out– it can become  “Duty gone wild”. And people really can get “compassion fatigue”. No matter how much you do, you can’t save the world.  It’s important to “feel alive!” , to have some Zest in life and to FEEL like smiling! Activists burn out. So do group organizers. Service becomes their “religion” or a 1-upmanship game with them to show everyone how much the “cared”.  But many of them don’t look happy. They may tell themselves they are doing the right thing, but when they are away from “the Cause”, how enthusiastic (about Life-in-general) are they? How often do they laugh? Very likely, not enough. I say: being a helpful coworker, yes. Being a sincere & reliable friend, yes. But being a service-fanatic or community-activist so you can “look good” around others, naaah.  What if you were stranded alone on a large island and couldn’t do anything for someone else? Would that make your Life meaningless?

I don’t always agree with Alan Watts, especially when he talks (in other videos) about “the Self”. Bleeaugh! But on some other things, I think he makes good points. But we all must decide for ourselves.

 

Samantha Valens Questions Witchcraft and “Finding Your Truth”

Samantha Valens has made several Youtube videos on Witchcraft. But last time I checked, she now has less faith in it and is now more of an “Atheist Witch”. She also has a video about “Why I Left Wicca” on Youtube. This one is about “Finding Your Truth”. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojbYkoSyZWs

Is there a Purpose to Living? by Alan Watts.

I do not always agree with Alan Watts. I enjoyed this particular thought-provoking short talk. Thanks, Youtube. Does Life have a purpose? If it doesn’t, why can’t Life still be good?  What do you think?

 

 

 

 

Book: “Philosophy Made Simple”, by Richard H. Popkin and Avrum Stroll

Philosophy. What is The Good Life? Who was Aristotle? Who was Spinoza? Who was David Hume? Who was Rene Descartes?

What is Hedonism? Stoicism? Pragmatism? What is Epistemology?

What is the difference between Subjectivist and Objectivist Ethics? How can each of them be criticized?

Explore what many Philosophers have thought, in the book: Philosophy Made Simple by Richard H. Popkin and Avrum Stroll.  It’s a fun read and you can learn alot.

 

God vs. Agnosticism & comments on Spirituality

There probably IS a God!  Why do I think so? Keep reading.

But first, some comments on “Spirituality”. If I were sarcastic, I would say: Pfffftt! “Spirituality” is just a term that total Wimps use to describe themselves because they have no clue what they believe! All in the name of “open-mindedness”, of course.

And there you have it. Too often spiritual people can’t (or won’t) define anything!  They seek the “light” but fall apart when you ask them to describe just exactly what “light” is.
Or they get dreamy-eyed about “Oneness”. Really? Ever take a logic course? If there is no separation and “everything is united” and “all is one”, then you are also one with your Cat’s catbox and the garbage dump! Why not? Everything means everything and All means All. It’s not a buffet where you can pick this and leave that.

But that’s terrible. So they change the subject, or perhaps they accuse you of simply not being “evolved” enough. What a cop-out. People can believe what they want. But I have more respect for anyone who will define what they believe, and why they believe it. But onward to my main point:

Is there a God?  My answer: Very likely, yes! It makes more sense that there is. I will explain why.  But first, know that I myself am not a practicing member of anything. At least for now. So I hope that is less biased when I share this, in response to Agnosticism—

Atheists and Agnostics often say: There is no God and the Universe always was.
But one question keeps nagging at me, and its one you almost never see any agnostic or atheist ever address online:
HOW?–does our human consciousness, intelligence and self-awareness arise or come out of an IM-personal UN-conscious Universe? This is never addressed.

Is the planet Jupiter alive? Does it think? Is our Sun a conscious being? Most everyone believes “No.” Is the Milky Way galaxy a conscious, living and thinking being? I haven’t heard anyone say so. So how does an unthinking Universe create thinking beings? That’s one for all Agnostics and atheists to ponder.

Since we are self-aware and thinking beings, it would make more sense that we came from something else that also is self-aware and thinks. ie. God. But before the atheist freaks out, realize that even if we granted that, it does not automatically mean Christianity is true. We are simply establishing that there is some type of “intelligent, conscious creator”. Not any particular religion.

At this point, the atheist will say what they always say: Who made God?
The response is: God was always there. And who made the universe?
They will counter: The Universe was always there.
The response to that is: Then you have a problem, because if the Universe was always here, people very commonly don’t think of the Universe as being alive, or a thinking being. But if there was always some sort of Creative-Intelligence..i.e. a God who thinks, then it wouldn’t be such an impossible thing to create other “chips off the old block” who also think, like us.
So either blind, non-living matter was always here and how on earth did it ever create anything consciously aware, when it itself isn’t?–or–there was always some intelligent, creative power. Since we humans have intelligence, it seems more sensible that we came from something, or someone, that also has it.

#Agnosticism #Atheism #Spirituality #Skepticism #20-Somethings #Christianity #Philosophy

Alan Watts on Purposelessness.

Alan Watts. Some of his talks are quite thought-provoking. I don’t always agree with him.  Most of his other  Zen talks bore me. When he talks about the Ego, the Self, and Oneness with everything and how you are “it”, etc. I think he is wrong. But some other talks I find really interesting! That does not mean they are true or the Answer. But for me, they are fun to think more about. Like this one, on Purposelessness.

#Religion #Philosophy #Meaning #Spirituality

The Occult

The Occult. There, I said it. Does it sound a bit creepy?

The word Occult means “hidden”.  Not generally known to the public.

Today when we hear occult, we often think of Magic or ESP.  I don’t follow or practice the Occult much. But I want to know about it. What is it? What is the appeal? What good is it? Why study it at all? Luckily, there is the late Dion Fortune and her book: Sane Occultism.

The book is like a big sister or mentor showing you the way. Like having a conversation with her. She’s informative and explains it all quite well. A good read.

You are still free to practice, not practice, believe it or not believe it. But now you have a better understanding of how it works and what its about. That was the idea. And that’s enough.