take your soul

never let them take your soul cartoon drawing by nakedpastor david hayward

While I was drawing this cartoon, I was listening to “Elysium”, the theme song from the film Gladiator. Now there was a man who, even though they took everything else, didn’t let them take his soul.

Even though Jesus didn’t say these words, I think they are heard.

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  • Carol

    Jesus came close to saying this:

    “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.Matthew 10:28

    It is unfortunate that the word “fear” usually means “awe/reverence” rather than fright when used in the Bible or at least fright mixed with awe rather than pure dread.

    “All religious reality begins with what the Biblical religion calls the “Fear of God.” It comes when our existence between birth and death becomes incomprehensible and uncanny, when all security is shattered through the mystery. This is not the relative mystery of that which is inaccessible only to the present state of human knowledge and is hence in principle discoverable. It is the essential mystery, the inscrutableness of which belongs to its very nature; it is the unknowable. Through this dark gate (which is only a gate and not, as some theologians assert, a dwelling) the believing man steps forth into the everyday which is henceforth hallowed as the place in which he has to live with the mystery.” — Martin Buber (Eclipse of God)

  • This one really resonates with my experience. When I finally decided I needed to walk away from the church my family had been attending for a number of years (after already walking away from being a pastor), I remember explaining to my mom that I had to leave, because otherwise it felt like I was losing my soul. She didn’t really understand all of what was going on for me, but she knew that the church should never be a place that makes you feel like that.