The ghost in the machinery
To the editor:
The May 27 letter by Rachel Laurn was one of the best printed in the Gazette. She did not deserve the negative response in a June 3 letter to to the editor.
Her critic didn’t think that skeptics who reject the God of the Bible are atheists. His letters often deny the existence of a supreme being. That is atheism.
He also criticized Rachel’s belief that love, fear, fate, sadness, joy, etc. are supernatural. They are as invisible and complex as the human minds in which they exist.
Skeptics have claimed that the brain produces thought like kidneys produce urine. They consider humans to be soulless biochemical machines.
I don’t believe in the immortality of the soul. That is from pagan Greek philosophy, not the Bible. (Read Gen. 3:22-24).
The dead sleep in the dust of the earth until the resurrection when they will receive eternal life (Dan. 12:2).
The Bible says we are flesh but also says there is a spirit in man. It is our supernatural soul that only God can destroy (Matt. 10:28) and is “the ghost in the machinery,” as some scientists define it.
We can think because of complex interactions between the physical brain and the invisible soul which is beyond scientific analysis. When the brain dies the soul does not disintegrate but is inactive (asleep) until the resurrection. (Rev. 6:9-11 reveals an exception)
Even an agnostic, astronomer Robert Jastrow, said that there is “no proof in science that human intelligence is the result of accidents in the brain cells of our ancestors.”
The human mind did not evolve. It was not made by the mindless forces of nature but was created by God when He combined the physical with the supernatural.