Bible Reading: I Corinthians 2:1-14
Key Verse: Verse 14 – “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Key Words: spiritually discerned
Theodore Schick, Jr. writing for the Council for Secular Humanism says:
“The promise of immortality is one of the great enticements of religion. The Bible tells us, for example, that whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life (John 3:16). As a result, many Christians believe that, when they die, their souls will go to heaven. Many humanists, on the other hand, find this belief incredible. Not only is there no reliable evidence for the existence of souls, but the very notion of a soul seems vacuous.
“Souls have traditionally been considered to be immaterial things. But an immaterial thing can only be defined negatively: it has no physical properties and no location in space. So how can we tell whether we have a soul? How can we distinguish one soul from another? How can we identify the same soul at different times? Difficult questions. But let's give the theists their souls. Let's suppose that there are souls and that they do go to heaven. My question is this: if your soul goes to heaven, will you go to heaven? In other words, are you your soul?”
To answer Mr. Schick’s questions in a word: yes! But let me quickly say that man is a triune being with body, soul, and spirit.
The soul is made up of our personality, the seat of our emotions. God’s Word has much to say about the soul.
- It lives. Genesis 2:7 and I Corinthians 15:45.
- It can lust. Deuteronomy 12:20.
- It can serve. Joshua 22:5.
- It can pant after God. Psalm 42:1.
- It can have pleasure. Hebrews 10:38.
- It can prosper. III John 2
What to do:
✞ Pray for those who live in spiritual darkness that they may see.
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