this is sort of a combo response to this forum and older ones from last fall: the soul is the singular breath, (ruah) of 'creator' or 'compassionate', who exists as a primordial, multitudinous feminine 'wind' (ruah elohim) who creates, sustains and organizes the universe through movement, light, and sound. it passes through and into an essential material body and is protected by 'angelic' forces, also expressions of the ruah elohim. at least that's what the ongoing, essential, traditional jewish, christian, and muslim spiritual/mystical faith traditions, (as opposed to the often state controlled popular 'religions' that arise from them) have to say about it.
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vajrayana buddhism, taoism, and hinduism all recognize strong though not identical parallels to this.
whatever happened to it later in certain european quarters, christianity and its views of the soul in its essence was and is essentially jewish, including its foundational concepts of soul and resurrection, which originate from prophetic, egyptian, sumerian/babylonian, persian, and assyrian sources all well in place before any greek or latin influences. it was founded by aramaic speaking hebrew peasants on 'old testament', that is, 'Torah,' prophetic values and concepts of an 'anointed' or messiah ('m'keesha' in aramaic) as a prophet emissary, a suffering servant of YHWH responding to the cry of the outcast and downtrodden; those oppressed by economic disparity, by the sophisticated, the powerful, and the rich. all of these are classic, essential and deeply jewish themes of the Torah. it is in these very themes that so many gay men of faith find such deep meaning and solace...
the prophetic/shamanic tradition in israel from which we get many of the Psalms, and the miraculous healing practices which directly link body/soul/salvation and concern for the outcast, far predates and consciously sets itself against all 'classical' mediterranean cultures, due to crude polytheism (from it's perspective, on the other hand, popular modern 'monotheism' is equally crude in this context), and 'Mammon'; from the aramaic 'mamoun' or 'uncle', ie. the old boy’s network, 'the system' and the materialism, money and inevitable disparity it runs on, up to and including slavery to build the state. it is older than judaism itself, with caves in mount carmel in ritual use rather continuously from the stone age of 70-100,000 years ago up through elijah, john the baptist, jesus, and many others. its traditions have been transmitted through a rich oral/musical culture. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Archaeology/carmel.html
this clip disapointingly mis-translates all nouns into the conventional default of english 'he, him, his', and 'lord' for the 'adonai' pronunciation of the genderless YHWH, but it still gives a good feel for the almost 'animistic' many-in-one-shalom prophetic culture :
gay christians, or christian gays, or whatever combo you find yourself to be, should keep in mind that the over-riding emphasis of early/authentic christianity relates to an often miraculous compassion-in-action within community and the flat rejection of the use and abuse of power in all its forms, whether economic, religious, political, social, or intellectual. (boy, didn't all that go out the window when the 'pagan' roman empire co-opted christianity 300 years later!)
egalitarian/desert-nomadic jewish culture and its resultant thought was ambivalent towards homosexuality, largely due to military 'conquest rape' (thus 'sodom and gomorrah'), male temple prostitution (often performed without choice by slaves), and forced pederasty/pedophilia practices common to surrounding city-state cultures, including the greeks, (ESPECIALLY the greeks) which grossly affronted the hospitality laws of desert culture found among middle eastern nomadic tribes to this day. in one of the world's harshest environments, where a mere 'cup of cold water' from a total stranger can literally mean the difference between life and death, reciprocated acts of hospitality and compassion relate quite obviously and directly to one's humanity and spirituality. this isn't to say the ancient israelites couldn't be complete bastards along with the rest of them. it just provides context for their culture and worldview.
the supposedly 'anti-gay biblical text' issues concern the abuse of disparities of power employed by surrounding city-states that the jewish people frequently found themselves at the losing end of, as much if not more than they concern sexual 'uncleanliness'. they well understood that abuse of the body and emotions resulted in sickness of the spirit and soul. However, there is little evidence to show that ancient judaism or early christianity were consistently or overtly hostile to homosexuality per se. (whether 'homosexuality' was recognized as an inherent trait or quality in the ancient world is hotly debated and i will not get into that here.)
to think, or to prefer to think, that christianity was/is inherently 'greek' or 'european' betrays an anachronistic and cultural bias to subsequent european culture that did not exist in the original early christian church of jerusalem among its jewish founders and early adherents. for example, the gnostic texts originating in the second century, the political establishment of the 'canon' in the fourth century including the 'greek' gospel of john, and the translation of the original aramaic texts into greek have little to do with the culture and spirituality of yeshua himself. they reflect the religious and spiritual experience of subsequent spiritual communities seeking to connect with the transcendent, the divine, through him and his teachings of love, forgiveness, and resulting spiritual power.
this unfortunately rather common bias often stems from or leads to anti-semitism, whether it be anti-jewish or anti-arabic/middle-eastern (i'm not saying that's going on in this thread, so please don't blow up on this.) the reality however, is that the non-european egyptian (creation story in genesis and wisdom/sophia of proverbs), persian (angel, messiah, and apocalypse themes throughout the Torah and New Testament, perhaps most famously in the book of revelation), and sumerian/babylonian (eden/paradise/tree of life; noah and the flood in genesis; 'humane' law on stone tablets in exodus), root traditions far predate, often by several millennia, the classical greek and roman cultures which borrowed heavily from these much older civilizations for their own foundations in law, geometry and proportion, musical scales, alphabets, etc. to put it in perspective, sumer arose nearly 5,000 years before rome, compared to 2,000 years from the time of 'christ' and the height of the roman empire until now. at the very least, such a eurocentric stance obscures the original belief systems of the early church that many, including current protestant/reformed churches, seek to understand and emulate. much of the prominent theology scholarship of the past 20 years has focused on the repiecing of the 'historical jesus' in his 'working class' jewish milieu with its roots going back to the dawn of civilization in mesopotamia 7,300 years ago, and into pre-history in israel itself.