It is a commonly believedÂ today that humans are a fluke ofÂ evolution; a mere conglomerationÂ of cells that over millions of yearsÂ have adapted favorably to theirÂ environment, rendering a living,Â feeling, communicating, reasoning,Â and reproducing life form. The Bible,Â however, clearly teachesÂ that we were deliberatelyÂ designed and created byÂ God, and that each of usÂ possesses an immortalÂ soul that will continue toÂ live after our bodies haveÂ been destroyed by decay.
The Bible describesÂ the creation of the firstÂ human in the followingÂ way: â€œAnd the Lord GodÂ formed man of the dust of the ground,Â and breathed into his nostrils the breathÂ of life; and man became a living soulâ€Â (Genesis 2:7). The verse does not say,Â â€œand man became a living bodyâ€; rather,Â â€œman became a living soulâ€. We areÂ souls, and we have bodies; we are notÂ merely bodies.
We see our body, but the realÂ individual is within. The part of usÂ that feels, desires, hopes, dreams, andÂ searches, is the soul. People speak ofÂ someone, who has died as being â€˜goneâ€™,Â even though the personâ€™s body mayÂ still be present. When someone diesÂ the real person (the soul) enters eitherÂ Heaven or Hell, and only the shell ofÂ the person remains (their body).
Many people today evade theÂ thought that they are an eternal beingÂ because in accepting that truth theyÂ also embrace the fact that they willÂ eventually meet their Creator. SinceÂ there is a God who hasÂ created us, and since weÂ are indeed eternal souls,Â then each of us should beÂ planning for our after-life.
Adolph Hitler was a man of ambition. He eventually became the Fuhrer of Germany and leader of the Nazi regime. Â While the world wasÂ still reeling from WW1, Â Hitler amassed an astounding amountÂ of arms and resources, and with hisÂ blitzkrieg conquered much of EuropeÂ and part of North Africa. It seemedÂ that he was literally seeking to â€˜gainÂ the whole world.â€™
April 1945 found the Allied ForcesÂ just west of Berlin and the Red ArmyÂ advancing from the east. As the patheticÂ shreds of the Third Reich crumbledÂ above him, Hitler committed suicideÂ in his underground bunker. We haveÂ no reasonable hope that Hitler wasÂ prepared to meet his God.
The Bible raises a very valid questionÂ in Mark 8:36, 37: â€œFor what shall it profitÂ a man if he shall gain the whole world andÂ lose his own soul? Or what shall a manÂ give in exchange for his soul?â€
How would you personally respondÂ to that question? What would be theÂ benefit of gaining everything that theÂ world has to offer only to die and leaveÂ it all behind? What would it profitÂ you? This life is just a stepping stoneÂ to eternity. The wise will not invest inÂ this life, but in the life to come. â€œIt isÂ appointed unto men once to die, but afterÂ this the judgmentâ€ (Hebrews 9:27).
What will you trade for your soul? ItÂ may be for much less than the wholeÂ world, but even the whole world wouldÂ not be worth the exchange. PrepareÂ for eternity today while there is stillÂ time. After all, what is worth tradingÂ for your soul?
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