Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
I’m usually not one to write about bible scriptures, but I do love a lot about what the bible says even though I also incorporate other spiritualities in my personal belief system. I feel there is a lot to be learned from reading the bible, larger than what it is used for today for religious purposes...if you’re willing to look deeper.
So, here we go with how I perceive the above bible verse. This may not be anything new, but I haven't updated my blog in a looong while and felt like sharing my thoughts. :)
The world…the world means many different things to many different people. Someone’s world might be their work, or a significant other and so forth and so on. To me a soul is more than simply that invisible but felt part of ourselves that is spirit and eternal. Although that is a very excellent definition, I also feel that our soul is that larger part of ourselves that we give away. For example when you’ve given and given in a specific situation and the receiver wants you to give more. When you are giving to the point of not being able to give to yourself, you’ve lost your soul. This goes for romantic relationships, relationships between families, friendships, work, play..anything really. Losing your soul isn’t always about “selling your soul to the devil”. In a sense you’ve sold your soul to a devil by wanting whatever outcome you want to happen so bad that you lose yourself (your soul) in the process.
The above bible reference, most people take to mean selling your soul to Satan for riches, fame and worldly pleasures. Though that is most likely true to some extent, I believe there is an additional explanation to that particular verse.
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world…”
Well that would depend on what the “world” means to each person. (I.E. money, girls, guys, success, job promotions, material possessions, unwarranted status or respect for egoic purposes etc) ….
”and lose his own soul?” (time, energy, self respect, dignity, love, sanity)
So for example, when you hear about celebrities, some more than most, having supposedly sold their soul to the devil, it could in fact be the case. However, I believe that in most cases what celebrities have actually “sold” is their precious time, there privacy in their day to day lives, being who they were before they were so widely known, being a punching bag for the world. So in a sense, they have sold all of the above for the status they now hold, not their actual souls. It takes a really strong person to give up all of these things for their dream. I think that fame is not for the weak hearted.
With the exception of some famous people, I do believe that celebrities are normal human beings who had the courage and were able to realize their dreams. Maybe instead of being so obsessed with how they got there, people should applaud the greatness that famous people have come to with their hard work. People should pay attention to their own lives and work on bringing their own dreams into fruition and reach the success they wish for.
Time is being wasted on the subject of soul selling, especially if you’re in the artistic realm. The clock is ticking on living your life and doing what you came here to do..whatever that may be.