What is the difference between death and spritual death or is there a difference?
The Bible has a great deal to say about death and, more importantly, what happens after death. Physical death and spiritual death are both a separation of one thing from another. Physical death is the separation of the soul from the body, and spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God. When understood in that way, the two concepts are very closely related, and both physical death and spiritual death are reflected in the very first references to death.
Wow that is really well spoken/written. I have faced spiritual death and it as you say. That one you can come back from. Sometimes resurrection and born again look very similar.
JT, this is a most beautiful answer. Thank you!
I am not religious in the least, but I do believe there is something after our physical life and that the soul/spirit do go on. I have had experiences with those who have passed before me that have talked to me and told me things I would not have known otherwise. I know there is no way to "prove" life after death and we can't say 100% for sure, but my experiences lead me to believe that consciousness transcends the physical body. A near death experience I had also has me inclined towards this belief.
Death comes with very many faces, it confusing...
But in the end it is just that.. confusion and is spiritual in nature.
We dont easily perceive the reality of death when we relate to it only to our bodies.
Infact, the fact of the body means that death(confusion) will be dominant.
Spiritual death can be looked at as something that occurs while we are alive, opening the door to a spiritual rebirth. The apostle Paul speaks of becoming dead to sin and the bondage of sin, and becoming alive in Christ and the freedom from sin. On a less religious note, we remember what happened to Scrooge during his encounter with the spirits - seeing his own tomb. And then he woke up! Have a nice day.
If you read Genesis 3, carefully, you will understand what "spiritual death" is all about.
As JThomp42 said, spiritual death is separation from God. I've taken this thought a bit further and discovered that this "separation" is itself called "ego."
Just look at the idea of what "ego" means. It is all "me, me, me!" Separate from everyone else. Ego is "I'm right and you're wrong." Ego is the sense of entitlement that so many in modern society wear like a badge of honor.
Physical death is a separation of spirit from the physical body, plus a cessation of bodily functions.
JThomp42 is right about the similarities between the two kinds of death. But there's more to this idea that needs explanation. Both kinds of death are also a cessation of consciousness. In the Garden of Eden, we found that our spiritual consciousness ended when we took the forbidden fruit.
With bodily death, physical consciousness ends.
The "Everlasting Life" of which Jesus spoke is the restoration of spiritual consciousness. This is the immortal spirit (child of God, true self, soul, Holy Ghost) reawakened or reborn.
What makes this particularly exciting is that when body death occurs while the spirit is fully awake, consciousness does not end, because the consciousness now resides in permanent and immortal spirit. This is the foundation that lasts. The physical consciousness is the impermanent quicksand of natural reality. It doesn't last.
So, what was the "forbidden fruit?" What was it that caused each of us to lose our connection to God and to lose our spiritual consciousness?
The chief clue is in the name of the tree -- knowledge of good and evil. It is a fruit, or product (result), of dichotomies -- action-reaction, generous-selfish, wisdom-stupidity, compassion-indifference, good-evil, and many more. These are the bone and blood of ego. This is why we have karma -- what Jesus called dying by the sword by which one has lived. This is an action-reaction (physical), false self.
So long as we live in ego, we are not following Christ.
I have seen what it's like to be without ego. My spiritual eyes were opened after millions of years. I weep with joy at that breakthrough. I could see the universe without physical (human) eyes. But then I became self-consciousness and darkness descended once again. Even so, I've had a taste of the everlasting life Christ spoke about. There is still hope, if I remain faithful.
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