The Doctrine of the Borg
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Shall the soul be saved or destroyed?


So have I finally gone over the edge and created a strange new doctrine? No. I am merely using the Borg from the TV show Star Trek as an example of what God does not want to do.
 
Years back, when I 1st became Spirit filled, a brother in the Lord was discussing with me the salvation of the soul. He was saying that the soul needs to be destroyed. After a time, I went back to him and asked him if he thought that when we are in heaven we would be like the Borgs in Star Trek.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Borg or Star Trek, let me give a brief description. Star Trek was a science fiction TV show that started in the 60's, then in the mid to late 80's they came out with a new show called: Star Trek: The Next Generation. In this new series they created a new enemy for the humans and the Star Fleet Federation to fight. This was the Borg. The Borg were part humanoid and part robot. They traveled in cube shaped space ships and conquered planets. They would take the entire population and turn them into borgs like themselves. A borg would lose his complete individuality and have machines implanted into his body. A borg would practically be soulless, and would have no personality, no likes or dislikes, and no individualness at all. They operated like bees or ants and referred to themselves as a collective or hive.

My friend understood my analogy and confirmed my suspicion of his doctrine. He believed God wanted man stripped of his soul and personality. This is not true and is a false conclusion of scripture. Let's take a look at what scripture says. 

Math 10: MKJV  
39 He who finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for My sake shall find it.  

Math 16: NKJV  
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.   
26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
   

The word life in Math 16:25 & in Math 10:39  is "psuche" in the Greek which better translates as soul, as in verse Math 10:26. Look at this verse:   

Luke 9: MKJV  
23 And He said to all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.  

While the word "himself" is not the same word "psuche". The same thought applies here, we must deny our soul.   

So Jesus is saying IF a person denies his soul it will be saved, preserved. Only if a person keeps his soul; follows it, lives a selfish life, refuses discipline, and caters to his own desires and wants; will the end thereof be the destruction of the soul. Lets read more:

Heb 10: NKJV  
39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.  

James 1:21 MKJV   
Therefore putting aside all filthiness and overflowing of evil, receive in meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.   

Thus God not only wants our souls saved and preserved, He has provided a way to do so.

It is NOT God's desire to destroy our souls, our personality, or even our personal tastes. But if we indulge these and do not give them to God, we will lose them and we will lose our soul like the borg:

Math 21: MKJV  
44 And he who falls on this Stone shall be broken, but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
 

There is the threat of losing our soul, even if we are spiritually saved. I will not get into this here, but if you wish to know more about how the soul is saved, and how this is different from the salvation of our spirit go here:

 The Salvation of the Soul vs. the Salvation of the Spirit  

Remember God does not wish or want the destruction of our souls, just as He does not want anyone to be thrown in the Lake of Fire:

2 Pet 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

I suppose, this error of Borg mentality exists because folks do not look at these verses properly or look at them with a religious spirit. Religious spirits often push sacrifice, when God is tired of religious sacrifice:

Isa:1:11: To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me?  saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

Hosea:8:13: They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt.


God has called us to worship Him in Spirit and Truth, religious duty stinks to Him:

John 4:24: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Our lives must be a LIVING sacrifice, not a death sacrifice:

Rom:12:1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

We are freed by Christ, not put into slavery of Law. But remember I do preach denial here, and not gluttony. To save the soul it must be denied. But we deny our souls, we do not deny things. For example, alcohol should not be denied from our presence, but we can be in the midst of alcohol and not partake. If we flee from alcohol and the world how are we to be a light on a hill?

Math 5:
13: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15: Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.


I am not telling any former alcoholics or young ladies to go run into a bar and start preaching. We are to live by the Spirit, not by any list of do's or don't's. I strongly suggest reading all of Romans 14 where you can learn we don't live by a list. Nor are we to condemn those who have stronger faith and eat something we do not. But the one who eats also should not cause the one who doesn't to sin. There is a balance here. And the balance is not any list or guideline, except to follow the Holy Spirit.

The soul may have fallen into sin, through the fall of Adam and the fall of our spirit. But the soul was created by God, not by sin. Therefore God gave us personalities and tastes. He gave us individual gifts. God does not want to deny us fun and pleasure, He wants our soul saved so we can enjoy these things rightly and in a Holy manner.

Let me give you an example. Scripture often tells us to give our brothers and sisters in the Lord a Holy kiss:

Rom:16:16: Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

1Cor:16:20: All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.

2Cor:13:12: Greet one another with an holy kiss.

1Thes:5:26: Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.


But society has fallen so much that most places in the world, especially the western world,we cannot and do not obey this. My wife is from an Eastern European nation, when I got married there, her family gave lots of kisses to me. In America you don't see folks kissing guys/grooms. And the habit of kissing the bride is in decline. And I do not see my fellow christians kissing each other. This is because our souls are not saved. We have inordinate affections.

The soul is saved progressively (please read my page on this, above at that link), and therefore God say's there are degrees of salvation; 30, 60, 100 fold:

Math 13:8: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Math 13:23: But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.


The seed is God's word, and it is through receiving God's Word that the soul is saved.

James 1:21 MKJV   
Therefore putting aside all filthiness and overflowing of evil, receive in meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.   

Therefore there will be those in heaven whose souls are saved 30, 60, or 100%. But there are also those who will have 0% saved. They are carnal christians, and it is probably these who will take part in the "Hurt" of the 2nd Death. Not the 2nd Death itself, but the "Hurt" thereof. I describe this here:

 Does the Bible teach a purgatory for believers? - No it does not, but go here for more info.

So will there be spiritual borgs in heaven? I believe there will be. This is not God's will, this is the choice some christians have made. Somewhere, I heard or read a testimony of someone who went to heaven. They claimed there were beings there who were very crystal like in nature, and seemed to be servants of the others in heaven. If this is true, and I do not claim one way or the other, these could be those who are spiritually saved, but did not save their soul at all. Thus they arrive in heaven, without a "personality", or have their soul crushed because they refused to fall on the Rock:

Math 21: MKJV  
44 And he who falls on this Stone shall be broken, but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
 

Could this be the type of saved person referred to here? :

Rev 15:2: And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Two groups are mentioned, those who overcame and the sea of glass mingled with fire. Those who overcame stand on this sea. The Bible promises those who overcome will rule the nations. Who are the nations? Is part of the nations this sea of people? I believe so. We must be baptized with Fire, or else we will be salted with it:

Mark 9: MKJV  
49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
 

Remember Math 5 I quoted above spoke of salt. And about those who lost their saltiness:

Math 5:
13: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.


So here is a direct interpretation of Rev 15:2 from Math 5:13.

I discuss more about ruling over these people here:

 The Gospel of The Kingdom - Part 1  

So, I plead with you, be salted, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and have your soul saved. Not doing so, may cost you your soul as well as missing the rapture.
 
One topic often discussed on this subject is entertainment. This can be a heated matter within Christianity. I discuss this with statistics and with scripture here:

The Entertainment Page
 

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Links of interest:

 The Salvation of the Soul

 Eternal Judgment: of the Believer  

 The Gospel of the Kingdom vs. The Gospel of Salvation  

 Are You Prepared for the 2nd Coming?  

 The 2 & a Half Tribes that didn't Cross Over  

 Believing vs. Being Born Again  


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