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The Soul and the Holy Spirit


Dear Brother Ron

Can you differentiate between soul and spirit?

GXI


Dear GXI

I find it interesting that churches try to separate the soul of man from the Spirit of God. According to the Catholic Church, the soul is the home where the Holy Spirit dwells. The word spirit means breath. We find in Genesis where God breathed the breath of life into Adam and Adam became a living being. This would mean that God instilled part of Himself into Adam. If the breath of life was just air, it would have no life-giving power. This would mean that a part of the living God dwells within us. Jesus told us this in Luke 17:21. "Neither shall they say, Lo here or lo there for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."

Since God is perfect, He can never change. That means He can never lose part of Himself. If He did, He would no longer be perfect and no longer be God. So if our soul is part of the living God (which I believe it is), then it can never be "lost". And if it can not be lost, there is no need for it to be "saved". Kind of throws the whole evangelistic marketing strategy into a cocked hat, doesn't it?

Best always
Brother Ron