But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. â€” I Cor 2:13 In a recent encounter with a correspondant who identifies himself as a teacher of our children, he told me in no uncertain terms that he is, "...definitely soulless. So are you. So is everyone. A "soul" is a human fantasy, growing mostly out of an absolute inability to comprehend that you will one day cease to exist. Most of humanity's ego simply cannot accept that. "I? Cease to exist? Something as wonderful and complex as I am?? Impossible!"
Now the soul and mind are inseparable, and both are of the unseen or spiritual dimension. Nevertheless, my correspondant forthrightly declared that though he is soulless he is not mindless and moreover, he dreams.
Six centuries before Jesus Christ, Buddha already knew that if there is no Godâ€”the supernatural God and not an immanentist version-â€”then there is no source for â€˜self,â€™ meaning soul, mind, and free will.
Thus if atheism, or scientific materialism, immanentism and evolutionism for that matter are true, then logically man is nothing but an empty shell. He is a mindless, soulless nothing. And so is my correspondant, who is not being logically consistent when he claims to possess mind but not soul. That said, it is by his repeated use of reason and personal pronouns that he unwittingly confesses against what he publicly professes to be true.
Rejection of the supernatural God leads to negation of soul. This is nihilism, and the impossibility of living within itsâ€™ parameters is made evident every time an atheist, including my correspondant, reasons, conceptualizes, theorizes, argues, dreams, imagines or argues with believers.
Like my correspondant, Carl Jung rejected the supernatural Triune God. Unlike the teacher, he did not reject the concept of soul.
As an avowed Gnostic, Jung embraced the ancient notion of the divine one-substance (which he called Abraxas), continuity (all things, including man's soul, are parts of Abraxas), and evolutionary thinking in conjunction with reincarnation.
This being the case, Jungâ€™s theories constitute a â€˜scientistic-basedâ€™ religion that can be seen in his view of God as the collective unconscious (Abraxas) present in each personâ€™s unconscious. For him religions were useful in that they revealed aspects of the unconscious and could thus be utilized to tap into a personâ€™s psyche (soul).
Like the materialist Freud, Jung delved deeply into the occult. Unlike Freud he practiced necromancy, and had daily contact with disembodied spirits, which he called archetypes. Much of what he wrote was inspired by his spirit-guides. His own daily familiar spirit he called Philemon and described him as part man, part bull with the wings of a fisher.
At first he thought Philemon was part of his own soul, but later on he reluctantly admitted that Philemon was not an aspect of his own inner self but rather an intelligence external to himself. Jung says:
â€œPhilemon... brought home to me the crucial insight that there are things in the psyche which I do not produce, but which produce themselves and have their own life. Philemon represented a force which was not myself.... I held conversations with him, and he said things which I had not consciously thought. For I observed clearly that it was he who spoke, not I. . . . Psychologically, Philemon represented superior insight. He was a mysterious figure to me. At times he seemed to me quite real, as if he were a living personality. I went walking up and down the garden with him, and to me he was what the Indians call a guru.â€ (Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, p. 183)
It was from his spirit-guide Philemon and other unholy spirits that Jung acquired â€œpowersâ€ which he demonstrated before a terrified Freud.
Too late did Jung finally realize that demons do in fact exist, for along with Philemon, multitudes of â€˜dark shadowsâ€™ had become visible to him during his waking hours.
God IS. God is Spirit. Jesus speaking said in John 4:24 "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
And God endowed my correspondant with the immortal soul he denies though not the mind, which is inseparable from the soul. So of course the atheist teacher thinks and dreams, but as Jung discovered, unseen intelligences do exist and can and do affect dreams and â€˜speakâ€™ into minds, causing people to believe peculiar things, such as not having a soul.
And who is most interested in causing man to deny his own soul but the devil? It is just here that the true nature of the battle raging all around us is seen for what it is---spiritual warfare. We do not fight against flesh, as Paul said, but against unseen powers and principalities.
Now all of this was made clear to the teacher, but will he listen?