Where does Soul meet Body? That seems to be a place or location that indie rock band gone mainstream with their song “Soul Meets Body” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9JB2ETgat talks about. In my class last night, we talked about the nature of man, body, soul and spirit, and I couldn’t help but have this song running around in my brain. As I teach, I raise more questions in my mind of our fantastic creation. God designed man so incredible. What is soul, body (I think we know a little about that) and spirit? I’ll get into more of that in future thoughts on this topic.
The idea of a soul goes beyond religious concepts. I think of Dr. Faustus selling his soul to the devil and the parity in the Simpson’s where Bart did the same, except to his friend Millhouse, Homer sold his for a donut.
We seem to have a self-evident understanding that there is more than material that makes up man, including reason, conscience, heart, will and more. I won’t mention too much that scripture talks in depth about the soul and spirit.
I wanted to write on one of the best questions I received while spending time at the local community college and creating space for dialogue issues of life and God. Troubled by the current events of the Terry Schiavo case, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43463 a couple of girls asked me when does the soul leave the body. This question hits on the root of any argument of death and life. Including a recent story in Italy, where a woman passed away after a long battle over her “right to die”. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7880070.stm
When God created us, he breathed life into us, Gen 2:7: “the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” NIV
This idea that the soul (living being) became alive makes you wonder when the soul dies or leaves the body at the time the body dies. Jesus breathed his last and gave up his spirit, Matt 27:50: “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.” NIV
Rachel, Jacob’s wife and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, breathed her last and her soul left her, Gen 35 “It came about as her soul was departing (for she died), that she named him Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.” NASB
Soul from a post-modern sense deals with rationality and reason alone. We are alive because we can reason. Here is a link to an argument why Emmanuel Cante would advocate for allowing people with low brain function to die.
I won’t get into the argument of what constitutes life, but I am curious when does the soul leave the body. There seems to be a sense of the final breath releasing our soul from our body. From this, I see we hold our soul as long as we have breath in our lungs. Does anyone have another opinion on this topic?
I think the soul remains with the body as long as the body is functioning, but I am not sure to what extent we must go to keep a body functioning. All of this makes me think…