Perhaps from the very minute that man found his way to the concept of the soul the argument began: can man have no soul?
And I will dare to say that universally the answer is an emphatic, NO!
So I have no qualms about standing atop my own little mountain here and asserting: yes, there are human beings with no soul.
I suppose it all depends on how you define the soul.
Generally, I “look” at the soul as a container of sorts, a hard and fixed container, if virtual.
But, in order to explain my position, I could twist this a bit in order to make a point.
The soul’s purpose is to give a “place” in which we can keep our God-energy, the light from Heaven. It’s our spiritual gas tank. It holds what we need to “survive” spiritually.
So, instead of my terrarium holding the dirt of our life’s experiences and the growth of our graced achievements analogy, I will write instead: the soul is a sack holding the essential wonder that our eternal lives require.
Here’s the deal: we can’t go to Heaven without a soul.
If we are born with our soul intact, then we are expected by God to go forth and increase our Godnessness in order to serve the world.
I wonder if this is the true meaning of the parable of the talents. I have given this to you, now go and expand it as much as you can.
Being miserly with this gift, this grace, will just keep you where you always were: barely human.
So where do we lose this energy?
Well, there’s those traumatic experiences from which we don’t heal, and we spend some of our life energy fuming and fretting and resenting and hating. That’s a real God-light drainer.
It also turns the “soil” in our souls (back to the terrarium analogy) acidic. It stunts the “growth” of our beauty, our significance. And the result of such acidity is quite apparent in our world today. All you have to do is look out your window and you can sense the cringing of all those bitter souls.
Another major way to lose soul energy is to evil. It is what most of the Big Evil Dudes out there are looking for: energy. Like millionaires who get it into their heads that they don’t have enough money yet, evil has an insatiable appetite for God.
Ironic, isn’t it?
That’s why you see it in men with bright red robes with trains behind them like a bride going into the church and in women who repudiate Jesus in the name of Christianity.
There’s no better place for evil than in a church, or in something that is associated with a church.
I have studied two cases of soullessness. One I was shocked to learn was soulless when he was born. His mother, a voracious witch (I tend to view evil women as witches or snake charmers), thought she’d get her fill without any struggle and just devoured her unborn child’s Godness right then and there. In the womb.
I can’t say that this bode well for the child. His life was nothing but bumping from one difficulty to the next, sort of like a ball hitting the bumpers in a pinball game.
The other one, also a man, I got to study over a long period of years. It was stridently apparent in his choice of actions. All over the place.
Couldn’t help tripping over them, in fact.
His depletion was clearly a result of his attachment to the antiChrist. In this kind of dynamic, like in the movie, Bedazzled, evil trades an illusion of a granted wish for a bit of soul energy.
I’ll give you one acceptance to law school, and you give me just a sip, just a tip of that lovely light. No real loss to you. And think of the gain you’ll receive for this tiny favor!
And, yes, it is possible to give it all up.
So here’s the conundrum: if you have no soul, you have no relationship with God. You’re like a car with no engine. If you have no engine, you have no ability to perform what you were built for.
We were built to bring God to Earth.
No soul. No ability to do this work.
And, yet, we all know, yes we do, that each and every man and woman on Earth is promised redemption. We just have to ask for it.
So the question: can a person without a soul ask for redemption?
The answer: No.
So just how does soullessness and redemption come together?
I’m so very glad you asked.
My experience in this study is that the empty soul has something still there. Let’s call it an echo.
Or a resonance. A vibration.
Almost like a ghost might be in an empty house.
There. But not.
Perhaps that’s the right word.
A haunted soul. I like that image.
A soul that knows something should be there, but has no idea what it has lost and even less idea on how to restore itself.
This is where God’s music comes it.
It’s the calling back to lost souls.
The pied piper for wandering wretches can be found in Bach, or Charles Wesley, or even Taizé chants.
Religious music is the mother calling her children to come in. The shepherd herding up his flock.
It’s a remarkable phenomenon to watch.
Both of my case studies were inordinately attached to church music.
It held them. It soothed them. It sent them messages of hope, of courage, of the true nature of God’s love for them.
So as evil so impressively succeeds in smashing our churches into the ground, with forces both from the outside and the inside, guess what it most wants to eradicate?
Our joined eighth notes, trills, and sung Amens.
The less Christian music in the world, the greater chance that evil will ultimately win this battle.
At least evil thinks so.
(And, no, I don’t know what the relationship between other religion’s music and the soul is.)
So, think about this when you sing out in church. Think about who might be listening, crunched down in the back pew.
And think of how the real crime against the church at Christmastime is the imposition of awk-cover-my-ears music over real, message-sending hymns of praise and adoration. Hymns that tell the story of how God sent his son to us to be with us awhile, so that he could be with us always.
We should start little societies of people committed to singing Christian music on street corners, in malls, and outside schools.
If you want to test what I’ve just told you, do it. And see just how quickly people react as though their life was in danger.
That’s evil showing its true colors.
Not very pretty colors.
In our hearts, we should always remember that we have a simple means of calling dead souls back to life.
For a Christian, power comes in the most quiet ways.