"You are a soul, but you are not a spirit, though you have a spirit." This was a line that I had taken note of in class. I recently remembered a song written a couple years ago called "Someone Worth Dying For" by Mikeschair. The chorus as well as the verses reminded me of what we are learning in class. Below are the lyrics posted to the song.
You might be the wife,
Waiting up at night
You might be the man,
Struggling to provide
Feeling like it's hopeless
Maybe you're the son,
Who chose a broken road
Maybe you're the girl,
Thinking you'll end up alone
Praying God can you hear me?
Oh God are you listening?
Am I more than flesh and bone?
Am I really something beautiful?
Yeah, I wanna believe, I wanna believe that
I'm not just some wandering soul
That you don't see and you don't know
Yeah I wanna believe, Jesus help me believe that I
Am someone worth dying for
I know you've heard the truth that God has set you free
But you think you're the one that grace could never reach
So you just keep asking, what everybody's asking
You're worth it, you can't earn it
Yeah the Cross has proven
That you're sacred and blameless
Your life has purpose
You are more than flesh and bone
Can't you see you're something beautiful
Yeah you gotta believe, you gotta believe
He wants you to see, He wants you to see
That you're not just some wandering soul
That can't be seen and can't be known
Yeah you gotta believe, you gotta believe that you
Are someone worth dying for
You're someone worth dying for
You're someone worth dying for
Reading the lyrics meant more to me than hearing the song several times. The question asked in the song "Am I more than flesh and bone?" brought to mind what we are. Our living is really in our souls, not our bodies. The bodies we have are temporary dwellings that we have just for Earth. If what we are is a soul, then what does that even mean? The class as a whole defined the soul as life, something only belonging to humans and not animals, and breath. Without this breath, there would be nothing keeping us alive. This topic can be heavily debated by scholars, of which I am not, so I do intend to talk about something of which I have not mastered, if that is really possible.
Scripture points us to some places where the soul is mentioned and described. Starting in Genesis 2:7 where God created man and "breathed" into him the breath of life. The word "breathed" is also used in 1 Timothy 3:16a, "All Scripture is God-breathed." Can the Scriptures really be alive? If God breathed into them, then I would agree with that. Matthew 10:28 says, "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." With that verse in mind, the soul cannot be destroyed; however, the body can.
Our whole beings are more than just skin, bones, and organs that allow the body to function. I believe that God allows our souls to live, since He breathed into them life. God is able to create and destroy souls, so we ought to fear Him and His immense power. The Scriptures say it best in Acts 17:28a "For in Him we live and move and have our being." This verse carries with it a vivid picture of how we are created in Christ.
Below is a link for the song.