For today’s post, I am going to briefly brush on the topic of the soul. I would like to share some very basic personal observations about how our current culture views the soul as well as how the Bible uses the soul in its truth. I’m not going to lie, as “simple” as this topic may seem it is anything but that. The soul in itself is such a deep-dwelling part of us. For this very reason we need to understand that while we are physical beings, God created us with a part that cannot be seen or touched, but is very much felt, and is therefore just as important to understand as the rest of ourselves.
For all intensive purposes, I am going to write out the falsity of culture and then counter with a Scripture and explanation. I would like to share three of my own observations, although I’m sure there are many, many more. (Bear with me, it’s late and my daughter has been having crazy allergies for nearly a month now! When Baby doesn’t sleep, Mommy and Daddy don’t sleep…)
While I do say the phrase “YOLO” occasionally, the basic lie that culture feeds us is that you should take the opportunity to revel in the pleasures of life because when you’re gone you will have missed out. Don’t get me wrong, God wants us to enjoy the life He’s given us, but I’m talking about sin. Many justify their sin by their unbelief in an eternal soul. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard someone say, “Well, I’m going to Hell anyways, so I may as well enjoy the ride.” You see, the thing is, I don’t think these people really believe in Hell. I don’t think they really believe that anything will happen, because if they did, I would hope they would care a little bit more. This Bible verse asks us one of the most important questions in life. What’s the point of it all if in the end we lose our soul? You can enjoy life, you can even live a good life with maybe just a sprinkling of sin, and it will all be in vain if your soul is lost. Ouch. That’s tough to swallow. Our soul is worth much more than the shell we call the body and the short time we will live this life. Enjoy life, but not at the expense of your soul’s destination.
The greatest commandment in all of Scripture, as summed up by Jesus himself, is that we are to love God with our hearts, SOULS, and minds. This is our purpose in life. We were created for a relationship with God. He wants us to love him and to let Him love us. Our culture can’t deny the feelings we have as human beings, but it will often deny the existence of a soul because having a soul points to something much more complex: a God who would create beings with the capacity to love Him and to experience His mercy and grace not just in this life, but for eternity. This is our purpose in life. If we didn’t have souls and were just physical beings with simple feelings and without the undeniable innate desire for love and to live a fulfilling life, we wouldn’t differ very much from our furry little friends. And if you’re wondering if I believe animals have souls, well, again it’s late and I’m not going there right now. For some reason I keep thinking of the little Ewoks from Star Wars. They’re so cute, and I think they have souls. And Chewbacca. Him too. Haha. This was getting so serious I thought I needed to add a little humor. =)
This is like the holy grail of Bible verses to show us that God’s word is Truth. When I went to Bible college we learned that the collection of letters, prophecies, prose, poetry, sermons, et cetera we call the Bible are known as the Canon. Canon means “ruler,” or a device by which to compare and measure. It is a standard that all else should be compared to. It is God-breathed. It is His truth, and therefore our truth. When you claim to be a Christian, but you don’t believe that the Gospel is truth, you are infiltrated with the idea that truth is subjective, and you are opened up to the lies of our culture and the Father of all Lies. This relates to the soul because when we understand that God’s truth should guide our souls through life we can stand on the sweet voice of the Holy Spirit and his Word to help us live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God, edifying to each other, and fulfilling our deepest desire to be loved by the one who loves us most. That was a mouthful. And hopefully not a run-on sentence wow that would be bad. See what I did there?
So, what do we do with all of this?
I personally have no problem believing in the existence of the soul, but I have struggled with my purpose in life as well as absolute truth. I have also experienced a grace that is so undeserved, a love so unconditional, and a God who is so faithful that I know I can stand on his Truth. I know I’m not perfect, and so does God. No surprise there, but in a world that screams, “FLESH!” we know that there is something so much deeper than our flesh and its desires. We have a soul with a longing for something bigger. If you find yourself battling the desires of this world, but want to connect your soul with our Creator, I would encourage you to look more into Scripture. You will find how deeply God loves us and wants to be connected with us, and that He means so much more for us than what this world has to offer.