Has Sin Corrupted Our Souls?

Episode 282 Show Notes 

From the Show

Sometimes people try to resolve the tension by saying the physical world, matter, the body is evil while spirit, soul, and mind are good. And this is actually a heresy called Gnosticism, and it’s fed by a pagan philosophy known as Platonism, from Plato. But the new Testament doesn’t teach this. The New Testament teaches, and the Old Testament as well, that we are whole people: body, soul, mind, and strength. We are integrated. We are embodied souls or ensouled bodies, and it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins because they’re integrated. The soul was never intended to leave the body. That was a judgment because of sin. And then the resurrection is God’s saving solution.

—Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. Considering first that human beings are made in the image of God and that the world is corrupted by sin does that corruption effect all of us, even our soul or spirit or is sin only about the physical world?

2. How do we love people who want nothing to do with us?

3. I'm calling about forgiveness. I grew up in an abuse home. And my mom who has never apologized, she contacted me and told me that I needed to forgive. I am recently baptized. And I have looked at the passages and came to the view that forgiveness doesn't mean that I need to have a relationship with her. But I have let it go and given it up to God. I would like to hear your thoughts on how I have handled this. Thank you.

4. I want to have a deeper relationship with God and experience the filling of the Spirit. How can I receive the Spirit?

Resources

Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb

Baptism and Fullness: The Work of the Holy Spirit Today by John Stott

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