Do you “have a soul” or “are you a soul”? What is the nature of a person – body, soul and spirit? These questions are quite important and need answers as we understand healing and transforming prayer. Since the 1950s, theologians have essentially “banished” the soul as also seen in translations of the Bible that have progressively fewer occurrences of the word “soul”. Psalm 23:3 used to read “He restores my soul …. ” but now in the NLT it reads “He renews my strength … “. Is that more correct? Does it matter? The Scriptures support the concept of the soul (and spirit) in many passages.
The “disappearance” of the soul created a vacuum which has been progressively filled by psychiatry and the $100 billion USD mental health industry. Prayer has been replaced by Prozac, Christ by chemistry of the brain, confession by the couch, love as a means to healing by Lithium and Luvox.
This audio message starts with a reading of 1 Kings 17:17-22 and then Luke 8:49-56. I refer to those passages and many others in this audio message. I share the story of Kristin, healed from fibromyalgia, severe headaches and asthma. All via one intense prayer session focused on the Presence of Christ.