Blog 2598 – 12.09.2022
Body And Soul
I recall in a theology class many years ago in Bible College that the professor took an entire period to debate whether man is a three-part being, body, soul, and spirit or has but two parts, soul and body. His entire justification for believing that the soul and spirit were separate was a New Testament verse, Hebrews 4:12. It reads:
I remember thinking that the writer really seemed to be just waxing poetic and not at all like a medical doctor dissecting or dividing a person into his or her lowest common denominator. About the same time as I attended the above class lecture another professor introduced me to the writings of C.S. Lewis. I used to pride myself that I had read everything that I could find of C.S. Lewis in print. I love the way his mind worked and the way he considered all sides of any issue but at the same time had no trouble pointing out the weakness of any argument even his own.
I think the soul and spirit are synonymous and that the C.S. Lewis quote above hits on the real issue that we should be considering regarding the soul i.e. that we do not have a soul but that we are a soul with a body. We have the same temptations as any soul who possesses a body for as he (Jesus) was so are we in this world, this time and space matrix. Some think this some kind of proving ground others a playground, perhaps it is a bit of both. Another king put it this way: “Well, bless my soul, what’s wrong with me? I’m itching like a man on a fuzzy tree. People say I’m acting wild as a bug. I’m in love. I’m all shook up.”
Your friend and fellow traveler,
Still taking this body for a spin,
All Shook Up