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My Mom Just Passed Away
  
Hey friend. My mom died on May 17th, 2010 also. After a heart attack, we found that she had 3 clogged major heart arteries, diabetes, liver failure, and COPD. I just had our fourth child on April 17th, 2010 and I struggle with the fact that Mom didn't get to meet her. Friends say that I am still the same person but I can't fathom how I would be. I so feel like part of me is missing. Mom was on the ventilator for 2 weeks prior to her death. She saw me but couldn't speak to me though I had been away for 2 years miles away. But with the signs of the times I am grateful that Mom has escaped the tribulation. I'm sorry your Mom also had to suffer my friend. But God has mercy to save, and we both will have to trust that our Moms are suffering no more.


Where Is Paradise
  
Bill *Can we live without a body?*

"If I am in my mortal body, I am absent from God, and if I am absent from this body, I am present with God." Phil 1:23, 2 Cor 5:6-8.
I hope that answers your question?


Where Is Paradise
  
1) Guys, let me clarify this. This doctrine soul sleep is propagated dogmatically by the Watchtower Bible and Jehovah's Witnesses. In their book, Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life (Brooklyn: Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, 1995, p. 82) they state: "When somebody dies, the spirit (life force) ceases to animate the body cells, much as a light goes out when the electricity is turned off. When the life force stops sustaining the human being, man-the soul-dies."


Where Is Paradise
  
2) 2) Another faith group that teaches this view is the SDA Church. In their official doctrinal publication, Seventh-Day Adventists Believe A Biblical Exposition of 27 Fundamental Doctrines (Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Assoc., 1988, p. 353) they state: "The grave is not a place of consciousness. Since death is a sleep,
the dead remain in a state of unconsciousness in the grave until the
resurrection, when the grave (Hades) gives up its dead (Rev. 20:13)."


Where Is Paradise
  
2) 2) Another denomination that teaches this view is the SDA Church. In their official doctrinal publication, Seventh-Day Adventists Believe A Biblical Exposition of 27 Fundamental Doctrines (Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Assoc., 1988, p. 353) they state: "The grave is not a place of consciousness. Since death is a sleep,
the dead remain in a state of unconsciousness in the grave until the
resurrection, when the grave (Hades) gives up its dead (Rev. 20:13)."


Where Is Paradise
  
3)Both the Jehovah's Witnesses and the SDA base this "Soul Sleep" doctrine on their interpretations of some biblical terms and passages. Both agree that both the Old Testament Hebrew sheol and the New Testament Greek term Hades refer to the common grave of mankind. Thus, they do not infer any concept of natural immortality of the soul at physical death. Old Testament passages like Ecclesiastes 3:19-21, 9:5, 6, 12:7, Job 14:10-12, Psalm 115:17 are often quoted to buttress this position.


Where Is Paradise
  
4) New Testament passages such as Matthew 9:24, Mark 5:39, John 11:11-14, Acts 7:20, 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, and 2 Peter 3:4, where dead people are referred to as "sleeping" or "asleep", are also utilized as proof that the dead are now in a sort of unconscious state of nonbeing. The term "sleep" (Greek: Koimao or Katheudo) was a common biblical euphemism for death. Paul used it only in reference to believers in Christ who had died.


Where Is Paradise
  
5) Jehovah's Witnesses, SDAs, and others holding to "Soul Sleep" are basically correct in saying that there is no dualism taught in the Bible between the human soul and physical life. Certainly the Hebrew view is not that man "has a soul," totally separate from his body, but that he "is a soul" which includes his mortal body and immortal spirit.


Where Is Paradise
  
6)7) But several significant passages (including those given by Meir here) clearly show that a person has a conscious spiritual existence after death and prior to the resurrection of the body, and unless the Jehovah's Witnesses and SDAs brothers here can provide sound scriptural evidence to the contrary (which I havent seen yet in their arguments here). They remain wrong, but we can pray God will open their eyes to the truth of the scriptures.


Where Is Paradise
  
6)7) But several significant passages (including those given by Meir here) clearly show that a person has a conscious spiritual existence after death and prior to the resurrection of the body, and unless the Jehovah's Witnesses and SDAs brothers here can provide sound scriptural evidence to the contrary (which I havent seen yet in their arguments here), they remain wrong, but we can pray for them. In time God will open their eyes to the truth of the scriptures.


Where Is Paradise
  
Bible students may sincerely differ on some doctrinal issues. In the case of "Soul Sleep" (or Conditional Immorality) I can cionclude that the doctrine contradicts the balanced survey of New Testament teachings, and especially the Words of Jesus. They teach that spiritual life, for believers in Christ, continues after death in an intermediate state of conscious being until the general resurrection of the dead at the return of Christ.


Lifting Of Hands In Your Church
  
I was raised Baptist and never really saw it other than the Pastor or the worship team. In my non-denominational church, I see it more often.


I Feel Guilty From An Abortion
  
Jordan, if you are born again, you must ask the Holy Spirit to minister to your spirit for your forgiveness. If you are not,then you must ask Jesus Christ to come into you heart and forgive you of all your sins, including the abortion. Jesus Christ has promised that He will forgive us of all ours sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, if we ask Him.1 John 1:9. Let Christ do what the police can't do. Set you free eternally.


Can God Heal Me To Have Children
  
Yes absolutely God do heal and heals, The bible says whose report should we believe, we are to believe the report of the Lord, not that of the doctors, God has done it before and he is still able, more than able to do it again, YES ASSUREDLY, HE CAN GIVE YOU CHILDREN



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