The more I think about this the farther down the rabbit hole I find myself, and the more I’m getting tangled up in my own thoughts. So, I’m going back to the basics to sort this all out.
We assume everyone has a Soul, be it a good soul or a bad soul or just somewhere between the two extremes. But just what IS the soul?
I also assume everyone has a Spirit as well- a spark of the Divine that separates us from all other creatures. In short, in order for Man to ‘work’ he must have an spirit dwelling within him (whether he knows it or not). But just what is this spirit?
As for the Soul, I believe it’s our human nature and intellect all rolled into one.
As for the Spirit, I believe it’s angelic presence created by God.
Soul + Spirit = Man. Or is it Spirit + Man = Soul?
But how do they interact- what happens to our Soul and Spirit when we die? Are they fused together as one and enjoy (or suffer) the same fate? Do they go their separate ways? Does the soul simply cease to exist and the spirit alone carries on another destination?
For those who believe in the transmigration of spirits, as I do, the problem gets a little deeper. I believe those spirits which are not ready for prime time (ie, heaven) are ‘recycled’ into another body so it has another go at salvation. But, if this spirit had previously inhabited a body, what became of that person’s soul? Do spirits retain any ‘memory’ of previous vessels? Or, as I noted earlier, are spirit and soul combined- and if this is so, can a spirit be ‘carrying’ multiple souls through a succession of transmigrations?