30 October 2015
I’m a Soul Man – A Response
Greetings Dear Reader,
Thank you for disagreeing with me. Thank you for doing so thoughtfully and respectfully. For those who did not see I will re-post the comment here so that we have context.
“I have to simply disagree with this particular opinion. It is totally unclear whether the mind and body are separate things even in the vast majority of Christian religions.
There also happens to be plenty of good thought put into the idea that what we call our soul is real only insofar as it is an idea.
The malady that is vaguely referenced here is the major religious view that people are evil and in need of salvation.
Many "saved" people act out on evil, and their souls are bot remedied by the tired of Christian salvation. Many Muslims, atheists, and generally agnostic people act out for the good of humanity. They do not "try to do good". They do good. In fact, many do so with no reason besides making the world a little better while they struggle on its soil.
This is not to say that Christians are bad. There are good Christians. There are Christians that understand that no one is evil by nature. It is to say that people can serve other people for humanity's sake just as well.as they could serve any god. What do you think?”
As I have said clearly before my view is based on a biblical world view. I do understand that many detract from the idea that we have clearly separate entities. Jesus made it clear that there is a distinction. “Don't be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell.”
I do believe that people are fallen and in need of redemption. It is based on clear statements from both the Old and New Testament that we are. The entire first three chapters of Romans are dedicated to the idea that we are all in need of redemption no matter how good or moral we are.
You are right Dear Reader that people do not just try to do good. There are good moral people who accomplish much that is noble and lasting. The problem is that we are not measured by this. We are measured by our faith and following.
It is true that many who claim to follow Christ do that which is evil. It is true that many who do not believe live honorable and charitable lives. That is not, however, how we are measured by God. If a Christian rejects that idea that we are fallen by nature then I would like to hear them address the clear statements from the Bible that say we are.
One of the driving factors in my life is that I care for the souls of women and men. I see everyone as eternal. I see everyone as fallen and in need of redemption. This is not a judgment but rather compassion out of obedience to the truth. Even the greatest command says we must Love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind. Why would Jesus make the distinction if there were not one?
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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