Our transphysical soul—and God’s presence to it—allows for 12 capacities that are inaccessible to artificial and animal consciousness, give us the capacity to survive bodily death, and experience continued existence in a transphysical domain.

The 12 capacities of man’s transphysical soul are as follows:

  1. The capacity for self-consciousness – inwardness – allowing us to experience and apprehend ourselves, and to create a private inner world.
  2. The capacity for conceptual ideas allowing us to have abstract thoughts, syntactical control, and conceptual language.
  3. The desire for perfect truth – enabling us to recognize all imperfections in our knowledge – causing us to ask questions indefinitely until we reach perfect truth (the knowledge of everything about everything – complete intelligibility).
  4. The recognition of the spiritual-sacred-numinous-transcendent reality (God), causing fascination, worship, awe, and obedience – which draws us to enter into a deeper relationship with Him — bringing us to His transcendent, eternal, and sacred essence.
  5. The desire for perfect home – enabling us to recognize the imperfections of our worldly existence – causing us to pursue the sacred and Its source until we have reached our perfect home.
  6. The capacity for empathy – which recognizes the unique goodness and lovability of the other – creating the desire to care about and care for the other even to the point of self-sacrificial love.
  7. The desire for perfect love – enabling us to recognize all imperfections in love — causing us to pursue deeper and more authentic love until we have reached perfect love.
  8. The capacity for moral reflection, originating from conscience – which is God’s moral presence to our self-consciousness.
  9. The desire for perfect justice/goodness, enabling us to recognize all imperfections in justice/goodness (in groups, organizations, and community) causing us to pursue more perfect forms of justice and the common good until we have reached perfect justice/goodness.
  10. The capacity to appreciate and be filled by the beautiful in nature, music, art, architecture, literature, intellectual ideas, love, and goodness – causing us to seek ever greater forms of beauty until we reach perfect beauty-majesty-splendor itself.
  11. The desire for perfect beauty – enabling us to recognize all imperfections in beauty – causing us to pursue ever greater beauty until we reach perfect beauty itself.
  12. The capacity for free will – self-consciousness’ orientation toward either itself or toward others and God (in goodness and love) – explained below.

When these capacities are understood properly and in light of the scientific and philosophical evidence, there can be little doubt about the truth of the proclamation in Genesis that God has made us in His own image and likeness (Gen 1:27).

Read Also:

Evidence of the Soul from our Transcendental Desires I: The Basic Argument from Plato to Lonergan

Can Computers Have a Soul?

Curious Bedfellows: Soul and Brain

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