Are human beings material or immaterial? Are we made up of a bunch of cells or are we much more complex than that? Numerous questions were asked in class regarding this controversial subject. What about those numerous accounts of out of body experiences? Can one really float in space and look down at their body? Thinking about spooky stuff like this makes the X-Files tune pop in my head.
Journi A. Smed says that Out of body experiences (OBE) are fairly common and that "one out of ten to twenty people are likely to have an OBE at least once." Most accounts of these occur when people are sleeping, resting, or dreaming. Other times, they occur with an apparition. This is when the OBE travels to a remote location where he/she sees someone and is aware of being seen. This witness then confirms that he/she saw an apparition.
From a Christian worldview, I believe that we are both material and immaterial because the Bible says we were created in God's image (Genesis 1:26-27). Likewise, Jesus says that we are to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind (Luke 10: 27). Our soul and mind are immaterial and our bodies are material, therefore I believe humans are both.