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?

Answer

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.


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