Where Does the Human Soul Come From?

When we study the subject of the soul, we must answer the following three questions: First, where does our soul come from? Second, why does our soul put on flesh and live in this sinful world? And third, where does our soul go after we die? These three questions are very important for the hope of all mankind.

Without knowing where we are from, how can we know where we are going? Now, let’s look carefully at the words of Jesus who gives definite answers to all these questions and the profound truths of the Creator spoken through the prophets, passed on over thousands of years.

Solomon said: “The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises…. what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun…” Ecclesiastes 1:5-11

Apostle Paul wrote: “If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.”

This verse means that if anyone does not think of the country he left, he has no opportunity to return. Certainly there is a place where the human soul comes from and where it goes. The body is born and perishes in this world, but the soul returns to wherever it came from. So the forefathers of faith admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth (Hebrews 11:13-16). When Jacob, the forefather of Israel, was asked how old he was, he replied to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, as follows: “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty” (Genesis 47:8-9).

All the above words spoken by the forefathers of faith tell us that all men in this world are aliens and strangers who have come from heaven, their previous world. Nevertheless, there are not many who think of their own country. It’s because they completely lost their memory of the previous life by putting on the veil of sin. The prophet Isaiah wrote in regard to this matter as follows:

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2

In the spiritual world, we were noble angels, or the sons of God. However, because of our sin we have to come to this world; our spiritual eyes are covered with the veil of sin, so that we cannot see the things of the heavenly country. But sometimes we are unwittingly reminded of our previous life in heaven. It’s because our soul, given by God, occasionally transcends the veil of our sinful flesh and looks at the heavenly country.

1 Comment

  • By hannah, May 23, 2011 @ 1:17 am

    I give thanks to God letting me know this truth without any doubt!!

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