Daily Archives: July 14, 2016




Death: The total and permanent discontinuance of all vital functions of an organism.

Recently my family suffered the loss of a loved one, we were blessed to have that Grand Lady for over 94 years, but the hurt is real no matter the age.  During this time I had a house guest and in an effort to comfort me, they shared; I was told their mother passed away some 30 years earlier, and that she had never visited the graveside.

This caught me completely off guard, but that didn’t stop me from asking why, as I tried to word my questions as carefully as possible; I am known for just blurting things out.

I was told the Bible said to not visit the dead, much to my surprise.  I wondered why I hadn’t heard or read that before.  Maybe something similar, I thought, but nothing about not visiting a gravesite, which included something about spirits.  This had me curious, but I changed the conversation; I needed to find the truth before I said another word.

After our visit, I pulled out the Bible to get to the bottom of what really goes on concerning visiting and or talking with the dead.  I read about the spirits too, but this isn’t about spirits, we’re talking about stationary dead people.

First I had to ask myself, what is death in the carnal world, then what is death according to the Bible.  I know what I have been told, and I have an opinion.  I know people who visit and talk with the deadSome say they have seen the dead; I am not one of those, but I do visit sites, and I say I miss you and I Love You.  I don’t have full-blown conversations. 

In my search, I discovered the Bible compares death to sleep more than fifty times, plus it does not speak directly about visiting graves; but it certainly has a lot to say about the dead, including talking to them.  (Interacting)

For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.  Ecclesiastes 9:5

Wait now!  Some Christians think our soul is an immortal entity and it goes on living after death.  But the Bible says; And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.  Genesis 2: 7  When we die our bodies do just the opposite: The breath of life departs from the body and the soul no longer exists.

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.   Ecclesiastes.12: 7 (NIV)

After death, if the soul is still alive that would mean we are already immortal, so why seek immortality?  Hold on, we will get to the bottom of this.  Although we will die, Jesus said in John 11: 25.  I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

The Bible goes on to tell us in 1st Corinthians 15: 51-54; Behold, I tell you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

I believe there will be two resurrections, one for the good and the other for the, you know who’s.

In other words, all who have died, the good, the bad, and the ugly will be raised to life only after the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ.  I believe when it was said that not all will sleep to mean; the believers in Christ will live again in Heaven, and the bad will still be dead in Christ and sent to Hell.  I don’t know about that Hell part, I just don’t want that to be my fate.

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.  1st Thessalonians 4:16  (First is the operative word)

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.  1st Corinthians 15: 50   I take that as there will be no look-a-likes in Heaven, among other things.   And if you have been bad, John 5: 28 tells us: Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice.  (Know your fate; are you going up or down?)  🙂

I believe the Bible is saying we don’t automatically go to heaven when we die, and no loved ones are looking down judging us in any manner, nor can they hear or have conversations that guide or give directions.

The bottom line: When we are Dead to the World, we are dead, but, those who know Jesus Christ and He them, Are Asleep.  (Sleep; dormant, inactive)

When Christ returns, no matter how much time has passed, the voice and only the voice of Jesus Christ will wake us from that deep sleep.  So while you’re living, it’s OK to visit the dead in memorandum.  It’s when Jesus reappears that The dead will be able to shout; O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?  1st Corinthians 15: 55

When voicing my opinion, coupled with my interpretation of what the dead is hearing or seeing, I believe what the Bible has to say about The Word of God.  I accept it as truth, and I confess Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior.  You do you.   I WANT TO LIVE, AGAIN, so I take God at His Word.

Dead is Dead according to my beliefs as explained in the King James Version of the Bible.  THE DEAD ARE DEAD; they cannot hear, see, talk, or walk.  The good news is the Dead will rise again.   It is written.

It’s Something to Think About!

Thank you Lord for breathing unto us the breath of life, it is in Jesus name that we pray giving all the Glory to God.  Amen!

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