This is the first installment of material from Soulbook. Look for more each Saturday!
Almost everyone today is somehow involved in social media, whether it’s Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or any of the copious amounts of Web applications available for sharing information about your life. In fact, you can fire up a Web browser right now and find me in several places. And, if I wanted, I could easily find you. But, what will you see when you find me? Most likely, you’ll encounter a page that records various pieces of information about my life such as my educational background, my family, my work background, and several other benign facts that in some way give you an idea of who I am. But, is that really me? When you go look at this information about me, is it really me or just a representation of who I think is me?
Humans often use Websites, social media, and various other communication and information sharing tools in an attempt to convey information about who they want others to think they are. We see messages concerning everyday occurrences such as where people ate for lunch, what they did at the gym, how many miles they ran, or even how well they cleaned their bathroom. Sometimes, people post pictures of vacations or family reunions with all smiling faces and perfect experiences. It’s great to see how much happiness they’re getting from such great blessings. However, are we seeing all of them? Are we really getting a full picture of them as people or are we just getting the Face?
Jesus has a way of getting past the Face that we as humans often miss. Most of the time, we don’t look past what we see, hear, touch, smell, or taste. We just accept that our senses will reveal to us what we need to know in order to live. But, is that the truth? As followers of Christ, shouldn’t we be trying to get past the Face and reach to the Soul? Do we even understand what the Soul is? Where is it? How did it get here? Where is it going? What do I do with it?
Soulbook is all about trying to get to the bottom of these questions and reach down past the Face into a realm we as humans rarely perceive and almost never understand. If you are tired of simply seeing the Face of people and not reaching the Soul, then this book is for you. As members of the human race, it’s extremely important for us to not simply communicate with each other, but to commune with each other. While communication media might make the promise of online communes, it never quite delivers. But, why is that? Probably because we as users and consumers of these forums don’t get past the Face and down to the real person. Nor do we allow anyone else to get past our own faces and down into who we really are. In Soulbook, we will look at who you and every other person really are and discover some mysteries about how we as a human group can live abundant lives through God’s Soulbook!