• Yes it is a choice and read the book to find out.
    • pugwashjw65
      I have...thoroughly...and it does not teach about a separate ' soul'
  • I believe that my body and soul discontinue at death.
    • pugwashjw65
      They are not separate...they are one and the same. see my comment and scriptural support.
  • Yeah i guess belief in God is a choice, people choose to believe and people choose not too...and some even choose to be confused. I don't know about religions convention (seems like everyone's convinced everyone else is going to hell) but if you ask me what happens to your soul i would say the same thing that happens to everyone else's when we die. If you want to believe that's cool but if you can't convince yourself then that's just it...don't force belief on yourself it will just end up turning into doubt, we will all find out the answers in due time, but in the meanwhile try to have the best life and live how you see fit (as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else haha)
  • Wanting to believe and believing are two differant things, so if you wanted to believe, but still dont, then it doesnt matter if you wanted to or if you were in total denial, the only thing that matters is confessing and believing, not wanting to believe. Having said that, if you believe, you will join God in Heaven, but if you do not, you will be sent to Hell.
  • God is tenderness. He understands all our human foibles including trying to understand through our rational mental capablilities. I truly believe that when you are ready, God appears. You may be looking for God, but expecting to see God on your terms. He may be waving a huge banner right in front of your eyes but you don't yet know how to look. Try this. Pray (it took me 20 years but I swear its worth it and it could only take one second if you are in tune with this) and ask God to open you up to see Him. Tell Him, dear God I don't know what I need to do to see YOU please show me. Get quiet. Listen to the promtings that your conscience gives. You may feel an urge to maybe write down your thoughts. When I was in my early 30's I really started my inner search. Keep asking, keep praying. Someone in your life may die and out of that suffering many people see God for the first time. Pain is not necessarily the route God will take with you, but I know that if you are sincere, you will find Him. Finally, and I cannot stress this enough, keep an open mind. Ask Him, He is here always.
  • You are on the right path for yourself. No one should "believe" what other people are saying. One should search for truth. If any of that truth is missing, you have not found what you are looking for. You can start by asking God to guide you. You can have loads of patience and also an open mind to the idea that maybe you are not looking for God as much as answers to what you think God is. "Like, there cannot be a God with all the suffering", means you have not found an answer as to why. Not that God doesn't exist.
    • pugwashjw65
      You should believe in what the scriptures ACTUALLY teach.
  • No, believing is not a choice. You can choose to ignore evidence and you can choose to not ask questions, but you either believe or you don't.
  • Yes, belief in God is a choice. That's why the Bible says there are two places where your soul can go when you leave this world: HEAVEN OR HELL. ANyone who believes in JESUS CHRIST will be saved. God IS REAL. Look around nature. Do you see those trees outside that were made for you to breathe in H2O? Perfect symmetrical snowflakes during the winters? Rain to water crops back in the farms that sell your food in the supermarkets?Food (veggies and fruits) and water available for all your needs? THe world was created for us by God, and he is perfect. Read the Bible. It will eliminate your doubts.
  • Believe it or not. But try to define it at least once will help you make your choice. Lots of people just blindly believe in a super human God as depicted by all popular religion or religiuos masters who sell their religion for a living. What if God is just lying within you or for that matter in everybody.
  • Even so-called believers cannot prove that they DO believe in God.. IF He does exist. Believing in God is not a choice; to say that you do or do not believe is a choice; but to say you believe but cannot demonstrate and prove that you believe- then we are all agnostics or atheists until someone does find a way to prove that they actually do believe.
  • Belief isn't a choice at all, either the evidence convinces you one way or the other. Fear of hell isn't enough to believe, the evidence has to convince you. The only choice you have is to repress what you actually believe and lie to yourself. Hell is what awaits such people according to the bible, I personally am an atheist.
  • Presumably the question is a result of a growing number of people who no longer self identify as Christians or religious. I attribute this as intellectual expansion and ability to engage in critical thinking. Part of critical thinking is disbelieving that which cannot be proven. I believe that is a result of the long held Christian (especially Evangelical) practice of identifying anything one doesn't like as being evil or against God. So, in order to support one's own preferences, Evangelicals simply twist or manufacturer reasons that their preference is specifically in support of God or (more commonly) that NOT agreeing with the preferences is evil, sinful, and against God. Some Christians have played fast and loose with this practice for at least a couple hundred years and people are gaining confidence via critical thinking to say, Hey, that doesn't make sense and it's not true.
  • You could say disbelief in God is a disability. They are slaves to doubt and there is no easy cure for them.
  • Depends what religion you belong to.
  • i think so, thats up to god what happens to you
  • God Exists within you as you. You are not separate from God... When ego exists you think you are separate from God... When Ego dissolves you can see that you are one with God.
  • What does Jehovah say about it in his book...??? (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6) For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all, nor do they have any more reward, because all memory of them is forgotten. 6 Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they no longer have any share in what is done under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 9:10) Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might, for there is no work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the Grave, where you are going. Forget about what religions say..all but one ARE FALSE... Only the Bible is the truth...So what does your Bible say????
  • thats up to god what happens, ask him that question
    • pugwashjw65
      His answer is in scripture.
  • Your " soul " is your body, and not something extra... We were created ' living' souls.... (Ezekiel 18:4) Look! All the souls
  • NO....THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE TRUTH...and the Bible was and is written by Jehovah God for our benefit. We do not have a separate ' soul'...we ARE a soul... (Ezekiel 18:4) Look! All the souls
  • True belief isn't that hard, for example who wouldn't believe that left is left and right is right?
  • Do you believe that Satan the devil exists?
  • It has always been your choice to believe in the Lord God. God's Son Jesus the Christ came into this world to free those whom believe in Him from the Old Law. Jesus gave us a new law, The Law of Love. With the Law of Love we are to love the Lord God and love our neighbour as our self. Without belief in the Lord Jesus we have very little chance of being with the Lord God in Haven. If you would like to read much more information on this read the book entitled, "Royal Law of Liberty: Living in Freedom Under Christ's Law of Love" by Darwin Chandler. If you cannot get it through your local book store you can get it through Amazon Books in Kindle or print. Kindle is $9.99. this book is well worth the read. I have read it 5 times and get more from it each time.
  • I will not give you Religious Convention. But I will tell you the truth..... God exists within you as you..... Only way to find God as your reality, is to look within.... Meditation gives you the keys to have a direct experience of the living God within your Self..... Become still, with no thoughts running through your mind, Dissolve the EGO, and your experience will be of that which is beyond the time and space scene, with a direct experience of that which has been here forever..... Only way to convince yourself is to have a direct experience of the Absolute within your Self beyond your attachments, beyond your thoughts...... You cannot become enlightened through thought...... Thinking about it only keeps you at a distance from the truth, and will never give you a direct experience of the Light within your Self... In the Christian Religion, Jesus said that if your eye be single your whole body shall be full of Light. Basically that means when you look through your Third eye which you can open through meditation, you discover the inner light of Truth. So once again God is not separate from you God exists within you as you. .
  • just ask god to prove himself to you so you know hes real
  • Yes belief in a God is a choice. But the "soul" (according to religious convention) and what the Bible teaches are not the same. Why would I say that? Well you probably feel that the soul is different from the body. Right? Most people think that way. Now if you look at what the bible actually says, like here at Genesis 2:7 "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living [soul]." KJV Here we see that the Bible says that the Man became a living Soul, not that he was given a Soul. Now according to religious convention the Soul never dies, when the body dies the soul continues to exist somewhere, up or down, Right? But look at this scripture at Ezekiel 18:20 "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." KJV Wow is your mind blown? That scripture said that the soul dies, yes? Well then the next question is; What happens at death? lets go back to Genesis 3:19 "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." KJV From this the only conclusion is death equals non-existence. Take a look at this scripture in Ecclesiastes 9:5 "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten." KJV So your question "What happens to your soul" clearly according to the Bible the Soul is You and when You die, You do not exist any longer. Here is a link to an article Would You Like to Know the Truth? I hope you will look into it and find it interesting. Here are some of the topics: Will war and suffering ever end? What happens to us when we die? Is there any hope for the dead? How can I pray and be heard by God? How can I find happiness in life?
  • The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Your soul will not be joined with the spirit of God, separation from God incurs God's wrath due to separation, which is fire. Purification is also brought about by fire. You could ask what "they" believe instead? sponsored by United Nations. Click on history then every link that follows
  • For all whose eyes have opened to the truth, belief in God is no longer a question but a reality. Matthew 7:7,8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” To discover and perceive God's goodness is not difficult, yet many times as humans we willingly bring difficulty upon ourselves. Many do not realize that God has been sending us His goodness our entire lives. In His love and mercy, He makes salvation available and desires to win all of us to a knowledge of the truth until our last breath. Matthew 5:45 “...for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Romans 8:32 “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” To know the truth is to understand that everything good that ever comes our way is from God. Romans 2:4 “...knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” Despite all God's goodness working in our favor, if it seems our human weakness has dominated, God knows the capacity of each person's heart and if we have done our utmost before Him. Psalms 103:14 "For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust." Only a lifetime of elevating sense-knowledge reasoning above the purity of God’s Word can result in forfeiting one's everlasting life. God shows mercy and fairness to all, and there is no injustice in Him. Psalms 84:11 "For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly."

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