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"For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished;..." ( Ecc 9:4-6)
"While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." (Psa 146:2-4)
I will add this to my previouse,
If it is to be true then we need to justify by Bible that when you die you by-pass the Judgment and go directly to heaven.
Scott. You're an advocate of soul sleep? Do you believe Jesus went and preached to the souls held in captivity?
ScottL said:I have never heard it taught as a true story. I have assumed it is parabolic.
One thing that makes me lean towards parable is that I wonder if interaction could have truly happened between those at Abraham's side (vs22; 'Abraham's bossom') and in Hades? Could a conversation really have happened between Abraham and Lazarus.
As a small thing, it seems it's starting out like a story: 'There was a rich man...' Kind of like with the Samaritan parable: 'A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho...' (Luke 10:30).
Plus, was there a resurrection prior to the resurrection of Christ (i.e. Matt 27:52-53)? If not, would their souls/spirits have been 'resurrected' and conversing?