Seeing God and the Soul Through a Buddhist Lens
My personal philosophy about the dead goes like this: Once the dead go to heaven, their souls return to God. Having been wiped clean of their earthly existence, they become the pure and immaculate souls they originally were at the moment of creation by God.
Regarding my personal philosophy about the soul, it transcends the dualistic concept of a soul existing apart from the body.
I use it to reconcile the Buddhist concept of oneness and unity with God as Creator of the soul.
God, within context of my personal philosophy is closer to the Hindu concept of God, where He is both the Creator and the Created.
As for the soul, it is consciousness-genius, the "incorporeal mental processes" which continues after death.
However, Buddhist philosophy teaches that the soul has a finite existence. In its place is Buddha Nature, which is the karmic fruit of Amida Buddha's vows to become a Buddha.
Thus, God as Creator of the Buddha is part of the Buddhist concept of oneness and unity.
Personally, I do not see God as separate from the universe, the world and all life.
For my view of God is closer to panentheism than to Deism.
However, the Buddhist view of God as the Absolute transforms panentheism into the philosophy that the divine is in all things.
For everything in the cosmos is Buddha.
Buddhist concept of oneness and unity: see Net of Indra
"incorporeal mental processes": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul#Buddhism
Net of Indra: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_of_Indra