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What Keeps Dead People Alive

As Christians, we are now alive with Christ. Man is dead in sin. What is keeping the dead - without Christ looking alive?

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As I have frequently said, the Bible often uses metaphors and figures of speech. "Dead in sin" is another one.

One thing about figures of speech is that they mean more than the words do individually. When one tries to understand a figure of speech literally, he gets into trouble,as we see here.
---Jack on 8/3/08

The death you are refering to is spiritual death or seperation from God. We are all born physicaly alive but spiritualy dead.
---Bruce5656 on 5/21/07

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---R.A. on 10/18/06

Starbucks. Botox. French fries.
---R.A. on 9/21/06

its not hard to understand,with jesus we have eternal life,a spiritual life with him ,without jesus we will ultimatley suffer spiritual death,separation from God.Understand that your spirit is designed to have communion with God,his word, his ways. justas your natural body needs food and water and rest and many things ,your spirit needs God without him spiritualy you are spiritually dead ultimatley.
---tom2 on 9/20/06

Bruce, thank you! There is so much to understand and to learn. I will try to keep my questions to what is writen (to explan)Rather then asking about what is not.
Sometimes I have questions...infact, I get a lot of them.
Just thought I would throw one out there.
---Linda3939 on 9/19/06

Jesus. Col. 1:17
---Pharisee on 9/19/06

Bruce; The bible says that with God "A day is as a thousand years" Adam lived 930 yrs and died (within the thousand The scripture says nothing about death being "seperation from God" you have to manufacture this theory to support your belief! The belief that no one actually dies .they just go somewhere! When you swat a fly ,is it just the body lying there? did it go somewhere? ECCL.3.19 !
---1st_cliff on 9/19/06

I am so sorry to have offended you. Please forgive me.

I did not think it would be very nice to answer your question: "They really do not have life in themsevles - right?" with a simple no, or you are wrong.

I was tying to explain the difference between physical and spiritual life. I do not think it right to just disagree with out giving explanation from scripture.
---Bruce5656 on 9/19/06

Regarding PART SEVEN below. (I am assuming this is the part you took offense to.)
Someone here recently made the statement that unsaved people were only kept alive by bad spirits. I had never heard this concept before and misunderstood your question.
I would like to rephrase my response (part seven) to you. :
---Bruce5656 on 9/19/06

Those who believe that there is a bad spirit keeping non Christians alive need to deal with the question of the innocence of children. Most believe that babies and infants who are not responsible for themselves go to heaven if they die. How can this be if a bad spirit is the source of their life? My question to them is: Does God keep them alive until a certain age and then abandon them and turn them over to a bad spirit?
---Bruce5656 on 9/19/06

formaldehyde and cosmetics...just kiddin'. Actually those without Christ do not look alive to me, more like broken cisterns and white-washed tombs full of dead man's bones.
---Eloy on 9/19/06

Surely it is just that their relationship with God is dead?
Physically they are still alive, and the spirit which makes them an individual is alive, and what makes them a human as opposed to an animal.
What is dead is their relationship with God.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/19/06

In neither God's nor compassionate true Believers' eyes DO "They look alive."
Others are deceived, blinded by sin.
But God gives All the opportunity to Receive the Light, to exercise "Bowels of compassion" and not be Constrained in one's self.
PLEASE, please-No, "How could a good God send nice, not-yet-Christian, people to Hell." That is WHERE I\THEY\you were or AM! C'mon, Heaven is: Living w. Jesus: the Only begotten of the Living God!
---James_the_L_e_s_s on 9/18/06

Bruce, it was a simple honest question. I did not get to read your other 6 parts. I am sorry I chose to ask you!
I just asked, what is giving them life if there spirit is dead. When we come to Christ - we get life! Thanks anyway!
---Linda3939 on 9/18/06

No Linda that is not right.
There is natural life and there is supernatural life. What God created in the Garden of Eden was full of life.
Genesis 1:21, "And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and very winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good."
---Bruce5656 on 9/18/06

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22, "And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth."
He gave man the same ability and instructions:
Genesis 1:28, "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
---Bruce5656 on 9/18/06

In this way, God created natural life. Life that would continue on for countless generations.
God told Adam that if he ate the forbidden fruit that he would die. Genesis 2:17, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
---Bruce5656 on 9/18/06

When he ate the fruit two things happened. On was instantaneous the other would take hundreds of years to be realized. Adam "died." That day he died.; We understand this to mean that he was separated from the fellowship he had with God and experienced spiritual death.
---Bruce5656 on 9/18/06

Years later, after passing on his physical life to many children, Adam experienced physical death. Genesis 5:5, "And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died."
Jesus acknowledged the reality of this in his conversation with Nicodemus
John 3:6, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
---Bruce5656 on 9/18/06

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As much as we received natural life from our parents, in order to be restored to spiritual life ie fellowship with our creator, we need to be "born from above" (the literal meaning of "born again").
---Bruce5656 on 9/18/06

If you believe that apart from being a Christian we need a "a bad spirit" to keep us alive, what about children? Do you believe in the innocence of infants? Or do you think that a "bad spirit" is keeping them alive? What about the rest of creation? Animals and plants? What keeps them alive?
---Bruce5656 on 9/18/06

We become spiritually alive in Baptism by the removal of sin & the gift of the Holy Ghost& His gifts or FHC
---Emcee on 9/18/06

So, Bruce, it is their flesh that is keeping them alive? or a bad spirit? They are spiritually dead. I'm told - dead - apart from God, but they do not know it. They really do not have life in themsevles - right?
---Linda3939 on 9/18/06

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