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Could I sell my soul to another human being?

Full Question

Since the devil can gain ownership of a mortal’s soul by making a deal with him, is it possible for a mortal to do the same? If one mortal were to make a deal with another for his soul, would the first gain ownership of the second’s soul? If so, what would happen to the soul once the first mortal died?


Souls are inalienable. Consequently, they cannot be sold, even to the devil. Any such putative deal would be invalid before God. It would be a mortal sin to attempt such a deal, but the deal would be invalid and would not result in the transfer of ownership of the soul. Thus the individual’s soul always remains his own, and, if he properly repents of such a deal before death, he no longer has the mortal sin either.



  1. Suzi Reply

    The Bible’s answer on the “Soul”

    The word “soul" in the Bible is a translation of the Hebrew word ne′phesh and the Greek word psy·khe′. The Hebrew word literally means “a creature that breathes," and the Greek word means “a living being." * The soul, then, is the entire creature, not something inside that survives the death of the body. Consider how the Bible shows that the human soul is the whole person:
    Adam, a living soul, at the time of his creation

    Adam was not given a soul—he “became a living soul"

    When God created the first man, Adam, the Bible says that “man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7, King James Version) Adam was not given a soul—he became a living soul, or person.

    The Bible says that the soul can work, crave food, eat, obey laws, and touch a dead body. (Leviticus 5:2; 7:20; 23:30; Deuteronomy 12:20; Romans 13:1) Those activities involve the entire person.

    Is the soul immortal?

    No, the soul can die. Dozens of Bible verses refer to the soul as being mortal. Here are some examples:

    “The soul that sinneth, it shall die."—Ezekiel 18:4, 20, King James Version.

    In ancient Israel, the punishment for the most serious offenses was that the “soul shall be cut off." (Exodus 12:15, 19; Leviticus 7:20, 21, 27; 19:8, King James Version) The person would “be put to death."—Exodus 31:14, King James Version.

    After a person dies, the literal term “dead soul" is used for the corpse in some Bible verses. (Leviticus 21:11, footnote; Numbers 6:6, footnote) Although many Bible translations use the terms “dead body" or “dead person" in those verses, the original Hebrew uses the word ne′phesh, or “soul."

    “Soul" can mean “life"

    The Bible also uses “soul" as a synonym for “life." For example, Job 33:22 uses the Hebrew word for “soul" (ne′phesh) as a parallel for “life." Similarly, the Bible shows that a person’s soul, or life, can be risked or lost.—Exodus 4:19; Judges 9:17; Philippians 2:30.

    This use of the word for “soul" helps us to understand verses in which the soul is said to be “going out" or “departing." (Genesis 35:18; King James Version) This figure of speech indicates that the person’s life is ending. Some translations render this expression at Genesis 35:18 as “she breathed her last."—Good News Translation; New Jerusalem Bible.
    Where belief in an immortal soul comes from

    Christian denominations that believe in an immortal soul get this teaching, not from the Bible, but from ancient Greek philosophy. The Encyclopedia Britannica says: “Biblical references to the soul are related to the concept of breath and establish no distinction between the ethereal soul and the corporeal body. Christian concepts of a body-soul dichotomy originated with the ancient Greeks."

    God does not condone merging his teachings with human philosophies, such as belief in an immortal soul. Instead, the Bible warns: “Look out that no one takes you captive by means of the philosophy and empty deception according to human tradition."—Colossians 2:8.

  2. Brian Reply

    Is it true the REincarnation of a person?

  3. Frankie 7 angels Reply

    The soul is immortal. What is mortal is the conscious physical mind. The subconscious mind becomes the conscious mind after death and ones soul mind or sometimes called the super conscious or the spiritual conscious mind is what is commonly referred to as the soul. We are born from the spirit of gods mind essentially we are Gods thoughts, Gods creations given life and freewill. The answer to the question in this post is wrong because one can sell ones soul basically. what selling ones soul means is to sell ones self in bondage to Lucifer for rewards in this world. Can one get out of ones contract of bondage to Lucifer? the answer is yes with true repentance to God! now how easy it is to get out of the contract is up to God and getting out harsh from the pledge might be part of ones punishment. Can one sell ones self into bondage to another human being or in terms of the question of this post sell ones soul to another human being? The answer is yes because God gives us free will and if we sell ourselves to another person instead of giving ourselves to God that’s an act of free will on our part as stupid as it might be to do so.

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