Soul Sleep


Lola: 

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the Holy Bible state that speaking to the dead is wrong? Lucifer and a third of the angels were cast out of heaven to earth. This in a way has become deceitful to some people. Satan and his angels take the form of of these dead saints or these Mary sightings opening a door to deceive Gods people into thinking the souls of these saints and mary are roaming on this earth. Praying to these saints and Mary feels like im praying to a dead person. When one dies they enter a deep sleep. The dead know nothing at this point. So why pray to a saint or Mary. She has no say in your salvation, only your Heavenly Father has control of that.

Bread From Heaven: Here is the passage you are thinking of:

Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you.

But this is not about asking the dead for intercessory prayer. This passage deals with various forms of DIVINATION. Asking a living member of the Body of Christ who is in Heaven to pray for you is nothing like Divination. It is merely intercessory prayer. So, it is absolutely NOT forbidden in scripture.

But you are correct that the demons can try to deceive people with apparitions, voices, seances, contacting the dead etc. I totally agree with you. People of all faiths can be taken in by these things. However, the Catholic Church is not taken in by them.

Any apparition is nothing but a private event. They play NO role in our faith once delivered to the saints. Catholics are completely free to ignore and reject all apparitions, even those approved by the Church. And those approved by the Church undergo a rigorous examination of all that was said by Mary or a Saint for anything heretical. If heresy is found it is denounced and Catholics are forbidden to follow it in any way. Also, any purported miracles are thoroughly examined by scientist and physicians and not by Catholic men of science either. If these are found to be frauds the miracle is denounced. But, in some cases there are authentic miracles, such as at Lourdes, and some frauds in the mix. So demons, who are ever seeking to deceive the faithful, no doubt take advantage of anything and everything they can.

We do not believe that we enter into a sleep until Jesus comes again after death. We believe that after death comes judgment.

Hebrews 9:27 … it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

We believe that at death our soul, which is immortal, goes to judgement and is sent to Heaven, Purgatory, or Hell. At the second coming our risen bodies are reunited with our souls.  And why do you believe that our souls sleep? What scripture? Sleep is used as a euphemism for death. But I don’t know of a passage that says when we die our souls sleep until the second coming. Do you?

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2 Responses

  1. VERY well said!!!! This site is fantastic. Thank you for all that you do. As a Catholic I will agree that Mary (who I love) does not determine our salvation. Her Son does that, and she said “do whatever he tells you”. No one disagrees on that. You did a very good job of explaining that. Its about intercessory prayer (the Church on Earth and the Church in Heaven). We really need to clear up these protestant fantasies. No one is advocating turning the dead into a deity. That is a sin. Praise Jesus.

    • It’s so disheartening when they turn a deaf ear on our repeated explanations and continue to disbelieve the Catholic Church.

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