The Spiritual Atheist..
If the purpose of speech is to convey a message. And an atheist calls himself spiritual. Isn't that person misrepresenting himself by using a word that is most largely viewed to be synonymous with "soul"? Even if he himself has his own unique meaning for it (which takes a 5 minute video to understand)
Let's be honest most people hear the word spirit and think soul.. don't they?
It seems like a way of justifying for no reason. If there is a lack of a better word... make a new one. To me I find that people are kind of ridiculed or perceived in a derogatory way if they admit or "come out" with believing they do not have a soul. Like you are somehow less of a person, lacking mystery, etc.. So when someone tries to find a convoluted means of explaining why they call themselves "spiritual". I feel that they are pandering to this unfortunate misperception.
I remember from either my college German courses or the German woman I was married to for 14 years that in German (and English is a germanic language) that the noun Geist means BOTH soul and ghost in German.
Dictionary.com's #1 definition for "illusion" is "something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality."
Notice the word "something." In other words, in its primary definition an illusion is a thing, not a nothing. A ghost is an illusion because it is not as it appears, but that is not to deny that something is the cause of the appearance.
Unseen, a soul isn't a spirit according to the Bible. Plato, quoting Socrates said: "The soul, . . . if it departs pure, dragging with it nothing of the body, . . . goes away into that which is like itself, into the invisible, divine, immortal, and wise, and when it arrives there it is happy, freed from error and folly and fear . . . and all the other human ills, and . . . lives in truth through all after time with the gods." - Phaedo, 80, D, E; 81, A.
The Bible says the soul simply dies. Ezekiel 18:4.
If the soul dies then it does not go to Heaven. What of Heaven, then? the afterlife?
The meek shall inherit what and live forever upon it? Not heaven. The Earth, according to the Bible, was made for man and heaven was made for spirit beings. People like to think heaven is as good as it gets, whatever you like is heaven, but that is nonsense. I sure wouldn't want to go to heaven.
A few, numbered 144, 000 will go to heaven after death to be judges with Christ Jesus in heaven. They will be in spirit form, for flesh and blood can't inherit Heaven. The reason for this is that Christ and Jehovah God have no intimate knowledge of what it is like to have lived in sin, so it wouldn't be fair for them to judge the sinners alone.
Interestingly, since sin = death then upon death we are acquitted of our sins. (Romans 6:7) so the alleged immortal soul couldn't be tormented in hell forever either. Religious bullshit, all of that.
RE: "Jehovah God (has) no intimate knowledge of what it is like to have lived in sin, so it wouldn't be fair for them to judge the sinners alone"
A man and woman disobey him, and their unborn descendants are punished forever? When did your "Jehova God" ever worry about what was fair?
I think people forget that Christianity is a monarchy. Terms like "King of Kings," "Lord," "Prince of Peace," etc., make that clear. I'm always amazed that Christians, in the age of Democracy, don't find that just a little odd.
But then you're also amazed by shiny objects, so --
Plato and Socrates were guessing. Ezekiel 18:4 is more guessing. And I imagine, David, that you know of many other guesses. You may even be guessing something yourself. Just because something was written down, doesn't mean it suddenly becomes fact.
I really don't need anyone to guess for me, but thanks anyway.
Dragotron, No. If the meaning of the word is different, even though the word is the same, the application isn't. So if I say I'm gay it either means that I'm homosexual or I'm happy. Queer is either homosexual or unusual.
However, if you mean that given the context, the meaning could differ, of course.