How Much Does My Soul Weigh?

“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” | George MacDonald

How do you prove a “soul” exists? Back in 1901, Dr Duncan MacDougall, did a famous experiment of weighing bodies that were at the point of death;
and then claiming to have shown that when the soul leaves the body,
the weight of the body diminishes by something like 21 grams.

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So… “how much does my soul weigh?”
I’ve been thinking about this for weeks.
I finally bit the bullet and while on FaceTime with my Dad last week,
I set the challenge.
Let’s both write a piece about it.
So here they both are:

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HOW MUCH DOES MY SOUL WEIGH?
Wendy Johnston

I am a soul.
An imperishable thing.
An immortal being.
An eternitarian.
I am the essence of me.

How much do I weigh?

I became “a soul” in my creation.
God’s divine breath – breathed me into life
One divine breath and I’m in God’s image.
But I am more than this human body.
The person I am is “a soul”.

So how much do I weigh?

My soul is my reason and thinking.
My soul is my perception and memory.
My soul is my feeling and consciousness.
My soul is my empathy and compassion.
And my soul is my character – what makes me just me.

But how much do I weigh?

When my body is tired and done.
Just a shell that holds the soul that is me.
There will still be living to come.
Death is just a doorway, a part of life not the end.
I’m gathered up in death’s arms and carried.
I’ve exhaled my last in this old shell, leaving my body lighter…

…by so much more than 21 grams.

That’s how much my soul weighs.

 

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HOW MUCH?
Ray Akers

How much does a soul weigh?
Tell me if you dare.
How much does a soul weigh?
Does anybody care?
It seems like such a waste of time
To follow down that futile line
To struggle hard through every day
To find how much a soul may weigh.

How much does a soul cost?
Well that’s another story.
How much is a soul worth?
The answer’s found in glory
My Saviour died to save my soul
And rose again to make me whole
The weight of my soul meant little to him.
He was concerned by the weight of my sin.

How much does my soul weigh?
I really do not care.
How much is my soul worth?
Now, that, I’d gladly share.
Weighed in the balance and found to be short…
Can’t help myself… so feeling distraught,
I turned to my Saviour and asked for his aid.
And the weight of my sin on his back was laid.

 

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