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Is Death A Type Of Sleep

The bible constantly refers to 'death' as sleep. Christ Himself said Lazarus was 'asleep'. Why is death refered to as 'sleep'?

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 ---Ryan on 1/18/07
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Dear Liz you say it is not biblical but you do not point out where the bible says it is wrong. The Doctrine is called condtionalism and is nicknamed soul sleeep. It has been followed by Christians and many of today Scholars say it is very biblical.
---Samuel on 7/16/08

Yes. When we all sleep, we fall into a kind of state of death. We aren't apparently aware, our vital signs slow down. It's really very simple.

...vital signs slow down? that's in the bible where? ...Gods Word tells us we return to dust

Apparently not aware? ...per Gods Word all thoughts perish ...we cease to exist ...we do not know God no remembrance of him

no such thing as "falling to sleep" ...the dead are dead WAITING the resurrection ...all who died in Christ will be resurrected at His Return to earth when He sets up His Kingdom ...some will be resurrected to eternal life ...others will be resurrected to judgement and will die the second permenant death of non existance as if they never were
---Rhonda on 7/15/08

This is a view that is followed by cults and those in the occult. It's called soul sleep and only they are fond of this view.
Christians do not believe in it, nor is it biblical.
---Liz on 7/15/08

2Pe 3:3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with {their} mocking, following after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4 and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For {ever} since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."
---All_I_Could_Find on 7/15/08

Yes. When we all sleep, we fall into a kind of state of death. We aren't apparently aware, our vital signs slow down. It's really very simple.
---harold on 6/30/07

I believe death is referred to as sleep because only your body dies, your spirit goes on in Heaven or Hell. Also, at the resurrection we will be raised again so it is similar to sleeping and waking up.
---maryj9396 on 6/29/07

So says the Bible. I recently heard a very clear to understand sermon on the subject; and I've heard a lot previously; but this particular one was done with a PowerPoint presentation and a lot of historical facts then a deep look into scripture. Totally inspired.
---audrey on 6/29/07

John 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Joh 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
---scripture on 6/29/07

the Bible says that we sleep when we die. our spirit goes forth, in good keeping until the resurrection. but it is not conscience. the dead know nothing. and no one has ascended into heaven except He who came down from heaven (Christ).
---audrey on 1/29/07

An Old West Indian saying:

''Take sleep and mark death''
They are not usually far wrong!
---Carla5754 on 1/28/07

Ryan;When you went to sleep last night,an interval of time passed that you have no recollection of (deep sleep with no dreams) It could be an hour,or a day. The same with death you awaken in the resurrection with no knowledge of how long you "slept"! Even many years.
---1st_cliff on 1/28/07

Why is death referred to as 'sleep'?

Because just as a good sleep is a peaceful rest from which we awaken rejuvenated, refreshed & looking forward to a new day, so it will be when the Father awakens us to His new day. The only difference will be the fact that it will be more awesome than our finite minds could ever imagine.
---Josef on 1/20/07

Have you ever fell into such a deep sleep that time pasted unaware? Have you ever went to sleep without trying & the next thing you were aware of you were waking & the only way you knew you had been asleep was the fact that a number of hours had past without notice? That is what I believe to be the state of death apart from the fact that you continue to breath during a normal sleep cycle & of course in death there will be no breath taken after the last. Until of course, the resurrection.
---joseph on 1/19/07

Jesus said he was going to raise Lazarus from his sleep and that he was dead. When a believers body is dead they are going to be raised again to life so referring to death as sleep is not a problem.
---john on 1/19/07

yes the permanent type. jesus in the same sentence after the apostles said well lets let him sleep he will feel better jesus plainly said lazarus is dead.certain jews believed in the resurection,ergo sleeping in the grave awaiting the resurection.these were the pharisee.
---tom2 on 1/19/07

greetings.To refer death as something other than sleep in the day the books were written a greater misunderstanding would develop.The 'meaning' is when one is resurected the time interval between death and resurection is as if one went to sleep like you and I will, soon to wake up the next few hours as if only that amount of time passed.In reality there may be any where from 3 days as Jesus was described as doing or 2 thousand years or like Lazarus who was dead for over 3 days.No time is lost
---earl on 1/18/07

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1Ki 1:21 "Otherwise it will come about, as soon as my lord the king sleeps with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon will be considered offenders."

2Sa 7:12 "When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom.
---More_Scripture on 1/18/07

Sgs 7:9 And your mouth like the best wine!" "It goes {down} smoothly for my beloved, Flowing gently {through} the lips of those who fall asleep.

Act 7:60 Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them!" Having said this, he fell asleep.

1Cr 15:6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;
---Even_More_Scripture on 1/18/07

1Cr 15:18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
---Still_More_Scripture on 1/18/07

1Th 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.
1Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
1Th 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
---Abundant_Scriptures on 1/18/07

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