What is soul?

JehovahsWitness wrote: How convenient to declare the spirit irrelevant to a discussion on the fate of the dead. Whether a person has a SPIRIT and a SOUL and what these words mean is essential to the discussion since it seems to me it is one of these two things that some contend is caused agony after a person dies/ survives the decomposition of the physical body.

OK, good time to present definitions of soul.

In the NT, soul is psychē.
https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/le … 5590&t=KJV

It is translated as soul (58x), life (40x), mind (3x), heart (1x), heartily (with G1537) (1x), not translated (2x).

It has a range of meaning:

1. breath

– the breath of life
– the vital force which animates the body and shows itself in breathing (of animals, of men)
– life
– that in which there is life (a living being, a living soul)

2. the soul

– the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.)
– the (human) soul in so far as it is constituted that by the right use of the aids offered it by God it can attain its highest end and secure eternal blessedness, the soul regarded as a moral being designed for everlasting life
– the soul as an essence which differs from the body and is not dissolved by death (distinguished from other parts of the body)

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/le … 5590&t=KJV

1. life (the state of being alive)
2. (poetic) life-breath, life-blood (‘the state of being alive’ made corporeal)
3. soul (the immortal part of a person)
4. ghost (the spirit of a dead person)
5. the mind (seat or organ of thought), (the faculty of) reason
6. spirit (animated attitude)
7. (rare, extended from the meaning ‘soul’) butterfly


Is there a scriptural reason you consider a SOUL “immaterial”?

Yes, I’ve already presented several, but you’ve already rejected my interpretations. So, I do not think it’s fruitful to continue those debates. My point would simply be there are scriptural support for a soul to be immaterial. I’m not claiming you or anybody else needs to accept my interpretation, but I’m not simply making a claim without Biblical support.