Exploring the Social Imagination

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Christian Sociological View of the Soul

Some people don't believe in the existence of a soul. I being a Christian have always known that the soul exists (as an embodiment of qualities that is the essence of who you are) and if fact, it is strange to think of existence without having one. I just heard an excellent Christian argument for the existence of the soul and as a sociologist, I think that it can also be used to describe the social actor as an entity equipped and prepared for social interaction. The soul was described as the integration board for the body (including all parts and the brain), mind, senses, skills, physical features and or attributes that provide an illustration 'picture' of the individual. The soul integrates all these different functions and or attributes in a whole functioning entity. When I wrote my doctoral thesis, I wrote on the social imagination as having 3 aspects. The first aspect was seen as the source of the imagination, the second aspect the avatar or body as a measure of components and attributes; in part, a product of the source of the imagination and in part, a tabula rasa that is open to acquiring necessary information through the socialization process; the means to be linked in so to speak. The last aspect was the concept/creative function whereby the source and components 'attributes' come together in order that the avatar is an interacting entity which is able to overcome the temporal condition of existence in order to focus on the development and or growth of the social imagination's three aspects essentially allowing for expansion of the the whole social imagination. In view of this, I would say that the soul is the concept / creative function (in my writings about social imagination) which brings together the other aspects into a functioning whole for the purpose of sustaining its essences and moreover, for the expansion of the soul.



    Is it possible to be saved without having your sins forgiven? Was Saul saved by faith alone before his sins were forgiven?

    If Saul was saved on the road to Damascus, then he was saved without having his sins forgiven.

    Saul believed in Jesus on the road Damascus, but his sins were forgiven three days later in Damascus
    Act 9:1-19......9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank....

    Saul sins were forgiven in Damascus, three days later, not on the road to Damascus.
    Acts 22:1-16.....10 And I said, 'What shall I do Lord?' And the Lord said to me, 'Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.'.......16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins,calling on His name!

    Saul was not saved by faith only. Saul was saved by believing and being baptized in water.

    Jesus did not establish faith only salvation on the road to Damascus. Jesus confirmed what He already had said "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved"... (Mark 16:16)

    You cannot be saved unless your sins have been forgiven.

    In order to support the doctrine of faith only men have offered many reasons why the Scriptures cannot be trusted.
    1. The Bible is not the inerrant word of God, it has many errors and contradictions.
    2. You have to be a Greek scholar to understand the Bible. If you understand the original Greek language, then you would know water baptism is not essential for forgiveness of sins.
    3. You need to use extra-Biblical writings to understand the plan of salvation.
    4. The Bible has been mistranslated, therefore men are saved by faith only and not the way it is presented in the Bible.

    If God is not smart enough to give men an accurate translation of His plan for salvation and Christian living, then why would anyone trust in Him for salvation or for anything else.

    God has given us His plan of salvation in many translations, in different languages. You do not have to know Greek.You do not have to have a Greek dictionary. You do have to be Greek. If men had to be able to read and understand original Greek to understand the Bible, then all Bibles would be in Greek.


    Men are not saved by faith only and there is no verse of Scripture that states men are saved by faith only. Men are saved by faith, but not by faith only.

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  2. Thank you for your comment. I agree with you 100% regarding salvation. I was simply commenting on an argument for the soul which I read recently and thought the argument resembled my own writing on the social imagination. The intention here was to better contemplate the soul as an abstract thing which exists in us in this fallen world. You are invited to follow my additional blog www.christianwordsforwomen.blogspot.com