SOULMATES: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
Soulmates. You can find a great deal of discussion about them on the internet today. Are they real? If they are, how do you find them? Can you have more than one soulmate? Does God have one 'perfect mate' chosen for you? Do you have to search for them like a needle in a haystack? These are questions curious hearts ponder.
Christians seem to rarely talk about the subject of soulmates, therefore today, I wanted to offer a biblical perspective on the subject. This is revision of a previous post and I have decided to offer some new insights.
Adam and Eve
God’s word actually actually does speak to the concept of soulmates even though it doesn’t use the term. The first reference to the concept of can be found in Genesis 2. In Genesis 1, God created the heavens and earth in six days. Then, in Genesis 2, He gives the account of how He created Adam from the dust of the ground. After God formed Adam from dirt, He breated life into him and made Adam a living being. (Genesis 2:7)
Before God formed Eve, He put Adam in the garden of Eden to cultivate it. He then said in verse 18, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Oddly enough, God did not create Eve immediately after saying this.
Instead, God created all the animals and brought them to Adam to see what he would name them. Picture this with me: thousands upon thousands of creatures being paraded by Adam as he names them one by one: lions, tigers, and bears. Oh my!
The bible doesn’t really tell us how long this process took, but one can only fathom. At this point in the story Adam is still very much alone. He studied all the creatures and named them one by one. Then God’s word says, “but for Adam no suitable helper was found.” I have a couple theories about why God did this, however the most obvious point is this: God wanted Adam to see that of all the multitudes of creatures that existed, none were compatible with him. Although Adam had 'company,' he had no counterpart.
God then, caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep, much like a doctor would use anesthesia before performing surgery. Then the Great Surgeon opened Adam’s chest and took a rib from his side. In my opinion, it would have been the rib closest to his heart. God then, closed him up and created Eve from Adam’s rib.
God didn’t create Eve from the dust, He created Eve from Adam. After Eve was brought to Adam he said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” When Adam first saw Eve essentially he said, “Whoa, man!”
Here is an essential point to note: God didn’t create two or three women and put them in the garden for Adam to choose. He created one woman from the rib one man and then He brought Eve to Adam. Eve was the flesh, bone, heart, and soul created from Adam. She was inside of him the whole time. She was his soulmate.
The story of Adam and Eve is God’s original pattern for marriage. It is also His stamp of authenticity that soulmates do in fact exist. God designed Adam, Eve, and Himself to form a perfect trinity of how marriages were originally intended to be.
Isaac and Rebekah
The story of Isaac and Rebekah is another one of my all time favorite stories. Here's why. In the olden times, marriages were far different than how they are today, especially in America. In those times, the father of the groom typically chose the bride for his son, along with his son's approval. This was the Biblical custom of marriage for a very long time.
When Isaac was ready for a wife, he was living with his family in a foreign land. His father, Abraham elected to send his chief servant back to their homeland to choose a wife for Isaac (Genesis 24). When the servant reached their hometown, he essentially prayed to God, "Please grant me success in finding Isaac a wife." His prayer included some specifics like, "she will be the one to offer both myself and my camels water."
Before he even finished praying, Rebekah offered to give him and his camels water. Talk about answered prayer. Imagine the shock on his face. He then asked her who she was, and if she had any lodging at her house. She said, "Yes," and invited him home.
When they all sat down to eat, the servant asked if he could explain his business. They said yes and he explained the entire story from beginning to end. Both her and her family immediately recognized God's hand in choosing Rebekah for Isaac. They told the servant to take Rebekah home to be Isaac's wife.
As amazing as this story is, it gets even better. When Rebekah had traveled back to where Isaac was, they were married and it says, "Isaac loved her." Put yourself into Isaac's shoes. Isaac trusted his father Abrarahm. Isaac trusted his family servant. The servant trusted God to lead him to find Isaac a wife. Isaac trusted God so profoundly that He would provide for him the perfect wife; a woman whom he had never even laid physical eyes upon.
Now that is faith. I also believe this story is God's stamp of approval that He is very interested in who we marry and that if we put our trust in Him, He can, and will provide for us the 'perfect soulmate.'
Jesus and the Church - the Bride
The next biblical allusion that I'd like to offer that suggest the reality of 'soulmates' can be found in Revelation 19, 21, and 22. Revelation19:7 and 8 say this:
"Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb (Jesus) has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints."
The entire history of humanity has been headed toward the culmination of one primary event: the marriage of Jesus to His church: a holy spotless Bride. This is the entire reason Jesus came to earth 2000 years ago to establish His church.
In short, all of humanity and world history is "The Divine Love Story." All throughout history, God has been writing and directing a grand romance about a knight-Jesus, and His love for a beautiful maiden-the Chruch.
The 'Church' is the Bride of Jesus and we are commanded to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength (bodies). In other words, God desires us to be so in love with Him, that He is completely intertwined within our heart, our mind, our soul, and our body.
I realize that these three stories are not absolute 'definitive proof' that soulmates do exist or that God's word conclusively substantiates the existence of soulmates. However, since God created the first woman from man, and God supernaturally provided a mate for Isaac, and He also chose a Holy and blameless bride for His Son, Jesus. Could He not also provide a 'perfect soulmate' for you?
Soulmates do exist. If you would like to understand more on this subject, my book God's Wild Romance: The Divine Love Story thoroughly explains God's mission of love upon earth.
If you are single, do you think God might care for you and love you so much, that He created the 'perfect mate' just for you? Do you believe that God could birth a mate from a man's 'rib.' Do you believe that God desires to bless you with a partner that will love you with all their heart, mind, soul, and body, for all eternity? I do. If God can create the galaxies, heavens, earth, land, and seas, surely God can help you discover your soulmate destiny. Soulmates are real.