"My Husband Is Not My Soul Mate" hardly seems romantic from a wife on her first wedding anniversary, but this viral article set out to challenge common notions about romance, and somewhat surprisingly, Christian counselors agree – God does not have "the one," your perfect spouse, eternally chosen from the beginning.
"A 'soul mate' is not a Christian idea," biblical counselor June Hunt, founder, CEO, and CSO of Hope For The Heart ministries, told The Christian Post on Monday. Rather, an ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, taught that men and women were made in one body, but separated by the gods.
Each man and woman scours the earth for their perfect spouse, so the two can again become one, Hunt explained. Phrases like "my other half" or "my better half" actually come from this Greek myth, and well-meaning parents pass on the romantic idea to their children.
"The problem with that is that it makes us half persons," the counselor argued. If each woman constantly searches for the man who will "complete" her, she can never be her own person. Worse, she cannot live for Christ.