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