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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

21 September 2005

The “Soul” of God

Q: Does God have a soul?

A: The way Scripture talks about God and the way it mentions souls, it’s hard to say. If yes, then I’d say that He doesn’t really have one, rather that He is one, in its purest form. However, I think it more likely that as the Eternal God, He is without one, yet in the Person of Jesus, as true man as well as God He has (and is) a living soul. This is confessed in the Athanasian Creed [21k PDF].

Confused? Me too. But I guess God decided that this wasn’t essential information, or knew that we wouldn’t understand, even if He gave us all the facts.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What of passages like Matthew 26:38 or John 12:27?

Just a thought ...

Rev. Glenn R.A. Niemann
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Pekin, IL

21 September, 2005 14:42  
Blogger Chaz said...

Maybe not a 'soul' but he does have a rational mind and a human will...

22 September, 2005 08:00  

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