“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” – Mk. 8:36 KJV
Practically all religious denominations and sects agree that man is a trinity of body, soul and spirit. Christianity is not different as the Bible reveals also the triad nature of man – 1Thess. 5:23. All these three components operate as one on earth but in death, the spirit departs immediately and the body, the Bible says goes back to the soil where it came from in the first instance – Eccl. 12:7. The soul which is the real part of man is the one that remains associated with man even after departure from this realm. It is immortal (1Cor. 15:54) and so survives everything that body and spirit may go through. It is this part that remains associated with all the activities of the individual whilst on earth.
Events however change after the earthly sojourn of man. Whether for purposes of reincarnation (as some will like us to believe and will want to support their position with the book of Matt.11:13 -14), or for the purpose of determining the final destination as the Bible let’s us realise, there is definitely the need to assess the activity of the individual while on earth which can be likened to some form of judgement. The result of this judgement will form the basis of deciding what happens to the individual after leaving this world.
The consequence of this decision, good or bad, which is determined by the activities of the three components while man was in this world will be borne solely by the soul. This is because the two other component have their destinies already carved out. The body goes back to dust and the spirit simply disappears to inhabit the next available soul that requires its service. They both escape the fate that befalls the soul even when they all operated together as an individual.
The need to satisfy the demands of the body may have been the reason for the soul to allow for all those acts but it suddenly becomes irrelevant. The body at those times gave the impression that its demand was going to be to the advantage all but after death it soon becomes clear that all the body requested was only to the advantage of the body. All that position of honour, wealth and power, etc. were only to the advantage of the body. The body could not have achieved them without your approval and so convinced you that it was to the advantage of all and so wants you to pursue it at all cost irrespective of who is hurt and sometimes contrary to the Will of the creator. After death it will be clear that it was not all true.
You must realise that the body will not share in your fate when the journey in this world ends. It has a pre-determined fate that is really of no value and so loses absolutely nothing. Whatever you do to satisfy it will all turn to dust. Dust as we all know has no value beyond what it has been used to mould. It could be man today and a brick for building a house or a wall tomorrow.
With regards to the spiritual component, it equally escapes the effects of judgement as it has an excuse already which is that it only helped to activate the desire of the soul. Depending on what you desire, there are different spirits available to help activate them and so the spirit cannot be held responsible for any of your acts since your acts are products of your thought. It also has no share in your fate after this realm as it simply leaves you with your problems once you are no longer in this realm. As far as it is concerned, it has no business with souls without body as they cannot function in this realm. You are therefore left on your own when you leave this world to bear the consequences of all that the three of you did in this world.
At this point, what needs to be determined by you is how much you really like yourself. No doubt yourself is your soul as every other part of you will quickly leave you when you stop residing here on this earth. You will need to ask yourself if all those requests that the body made and you granted, whether approved by your creator or not, will be to your advantage or disadvantage when you face the judgement that will determine what the next phase of you will be. The truth is that the body asked for those things because of itself only and did not care how it affects you (soul) in the life after life since it will not be involved at that phase of your life. Its own fate is settled anyway. You will be left alone on that day as your influencer (body) and your activator (spirit) will desert you instantly once you die. What then will be your reward?
All that you got in satisfying the body will be taken away by death and you will be left with nothing and at the same time you will have no treasures laid up in heaven for yourself. You would only have been deceived that you were enjoying when that was only going to be for a brief period. Eternity of emptiness will be before you and it will have been your fault that you provided a fertile ground for the activation of all those negative requests. If only you had refused to allow those demands by the body to have root in your thoughts, the spirit would not have helped you to activate them. You will probably have laid up treasures for yourself in heaven. You alone granted all those negative requests. You alone will be found guilty. You alone will bear the consequences of all those actions. In that moment all you thought you gained will be lost and you will still face the consequences of those steps you took on behalf of the body. You will lose in this world and in the world to come so then what will be your reward? Nothing!