Can you please tell me the meaning of falling soul in this context :
(( the story is about a boy who rises as a henchman in a ruthless tycoon's palace, only to crave salvation for his fallen soul))
is it like falling angel
meaning : exiled . I am wondring .
I always appreciate your great help .
The man is worried about his eternal soul. I'll assume he's Christian, though a similar concept probably exists in Islam.
To understand this, one has to assume, for argument, that souls survive death, and that the destination of one's soul (Heaven or Hell, or a few other places in some denominations) depends on how one lives one's life. "Salvation" is a Christian concept. Man is born with "original sin" and his soul is only saved by his belief in Christ (and some would say, by actions consistent with such belief).
This man has done things that he believes has alienated him from God. Such a person is said to have "fallen" from God's grace - hence "fallen soul". It's not only angels that can fall from grace.
I would add that it is also sometimes just used to refer to someone who has done stuff that he or she thinks is ethically/morally questionable and/or wrong. The focus less so(or not at all) on the religious origins/use of the word, more on the guilt or awareness of the person in question.
Not a teacher.
Last edited by nora2000; 10-Jul-2011 at 23:21.
PS Of course, strictly, to be exiled from somewhere you have to be there in the first place, which causes all sorts of theological problems
Last edited by BobK; 11-Jul-2011 at 11:40. Reason: PS added