A few people were sharing with me their belief that the soul pre-existed the creation of our earthly bodies. If I understood them correctly the soul is eternal. I think this is not the Catholic teaching of the soul. While a human soul is immortal isn’t God the only “eternal being”? Isn’t the immortality of our soul distinct from being eternal? When the Catholic church teaches life begins at conception doesn’t that include the life of our soul which comes into being with a human body? To suggest we existed as mere souls “from the beginning of time” without bodies rather creates a dualistic notion of the body/soul relationship. Fundamentally, what troubles me with this notion is that it adopts attributes which belong only to God who alone had no beginning. Isn’t this dangerously close to deifying ourselves? We are after all only creatures which by definition means we were created and had a beginning.
I would be grateful for any insight and references to clarify this question which presupposes you can understand my rambling.