36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. Mark 8 (KJV)
I wanted to write about people selling their souls. You have heard this expression many times. Probably the most famous story that I have heard of is The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
He literally made a pact with the devil to stay young forever. OF course the devil didn’t tell him just how bad it would be. How wise of him. How deceptive.
Today, we find a lot of people doing that…a soul exchange. Perhaps they do it to be rich, to be independent and make their own rules; maybe it is pride or fun or eases someone’s guilt. I do not know; all I know is that it is a bad bargain.
A friend of mine wanted some furniture really badly. They went into a store and signed a contract to pay for $5,000. They recently received a bill that says if they make thew minimum payments; it will take twenty-seven years to pay this off! Also they will have paid at least five times what the furniture is worth…and they don’t even like it any more. DEBT IS A LOUSY EXCHANGE for self gratification! No doubt.
The amplified bible explains that in this passage when the bible says give it means that in the exchange something of value is given for something else of value (the soul).
Though many even on the Internet say the bible says nothing about selling your soul…AHH GEE: What do you think Judas did when he took thirty pieces of silver (in exchange for) to show the soldiers where Jesus was? He was so remorseful when he realized what he had done…that he took his life.n See, Judas knew what he was doing; he had been taught by Jesus. But, we must realize that a lot of people are blinded to the truth and convinced by deception; that their eternity is sure or does not matter!