“You don’t have a soul,” wrote one highly respected Christian apologist – and I quite agree with him.
We’ve all read books or watched films where some desperate individual makes a deal with a devil and agrees to swap their soul at a future date in exchange for some power or fortune in the present. These folk, overcome by their immediate avarice, mistakenly think the soul a barterable commodity.
But one’s soul really is no currency for trade at all. Not one of us has a soul that we can give. OK, OK, before you make ready to burn me a heretic at some stake I will explain. The full quote I began above is this: “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”- C.S. Lewis.
You see “you” are soul. “You” are that “breath of life” bestowed by God… breathed into the first man Adam (Gen. 2:7). What had been mere clay became life by the entrance of that breath, “and man became s living soul.” “You” dwell here living in that decaying form until It cannot function longer. At that instant it will surrender “you” while itself returns to the dust from which it came (Gen. 3:19). But “you,” however can not die! “You” are an eternal thing … an eternal soul.
Where will you then go next? You cannot roam the earth like the devil and his demons. Ghosts are but his lie, a ruse to cloud your mind from the real alternatives.
Jesus came to tell us plainly our options. He said to His faithful, “I go to prepare a place for you….” (John 14:1-4).
He wants us to forever live with Him. That is why He came… to save souls, “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Not bodies, not religions, not kingdoms, not planets, but souls. His children. His Church.
Where then shall the souls go who turn away from Him? Where those who hear of His love and know of His Way but refuse Him?
There is no other place but the one prepared not for them but “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41).
Every one of us is an eternal soul. After our bodies die, we will continue on… forever… It is the business of this life to determine just where that will be.
C.S. Lewis again,
“You have never talked to a mere mortal…. it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.” – C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory (italics mine).
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