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According to Christian mortalists (aka 'Soul sleep' advocates), does eternal life begin now (before death), and if so, does it continue after death?

Many passages seem to suggest that one becomes born again and obtains eternal life on this side of eternity (before death). For example, regarding eternal life, the Apostle John said: 24 Truly, truly,...
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According to soul sleep advocates, did the Apostle Paul ever abandon his Pharisaic beliefs about the afterlife after becoming a Christian?

Paul was a Pharisee: 6 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to ...
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What if God instantaneously moves people from one time to another? [closed]

If God exists outside of time and space, he isn't bound by their physical laws. In particular, he may be able to ignore the flow of time, experiencing different places and times in non-sequential ...
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What is the view of soul sleep adherents on statements from the Apostolic and ante-Nicene Fathers that seem to support post-mortal consciousness?

Inspired by the answers I received to my previous question What did the Apostolic Fathers believe regarding the state of the dead and the afterlife?, I'm very curious about what proponents of Soul ...
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According to soul sleep adherents, what's wrong with an "Occam's razor" interpretation of 1 Samuel 28 (Saul and the Medium of En-dor)?

By an Occam's razor interpretation of 1 Samuel 28, I mean an interpretation that is as straightforward as possible, which doesn't require making unnecessary assumptions or special pleadings in the way ...
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According to soul sleep adherents, why would God allow people to be massively misled by the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31)?

My question is NOT about how soul sleep advocates interpret Luke 16:19-31 -- that's an exegetical question that has already been asked elsewhere. Rather, my question is about understanding, from the ...
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain reports of astral projection, out-of-body experiences (OBE) and near-death experiences (NDE)?

Testimonies of astral projections, out-of-body experiences (OBE) and near-death experiences (NDE) abound, both within and outside Christianity. Many interpret these experiences as evidence that ...
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What Verses did Ellen White use to support Soul Sleep?

Ellen G. White is the founder of the Seventh Day Adventists. One of the 28 key teachings of the Adventist Church is the concept of Soul Sleep (the teaching that the Soul is in an unconscious state ...
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How do annihilationists understand Matthew 10:15?

Matthew 10:15 reads: "Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town." NIV How do annihilationists like Jehovah's Witnesses or ...
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How would the Catholic Church reconcile 1 Thess 4:13 (which suggests soul sleep) with the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

1 Thess 4:13 (Douay-Rheims) says: For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again; even so them who have slept through Jesus, will God bring with him. Or, in a more modern English 1 Thess 4:14 (...
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain Mark 12:27, "He is not the God of the dead, but of the living."?

Mark 12:26-27 (also see Matthew 22:32, Luke 20:38) is "But concerning the dead rising, have you not read about the burning bush in the Book of Moses, how God told him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, ...
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain reports of personal experiences with deceased saints, friends and relatives by Catholics and other Christians?

Adherents of the 'soul sleep' doctrine believe that human beings become unconscious upon death, and that they will only recover their consciousness at the time of the resurrection. Therefore, a ...
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According to adherents of 'soul sleep', how did Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus, Peter, James, and John?

At Matthew 17:3-4 "Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared before them, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If You wish, I will put up three shelters - one ...
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According to soul sleep adherents, if unclean spirits can be conscious without bodies, why can't human spirits also be conscious without bodies?

Most soul sleep adherents find no issue in accepting that demonic/unclean spirits are conscious beings despite the fact that they lack physical bodies. The scriptural evidence for this is quite ...
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How do soul sleep adherents make sense of Jesus' acknowledgement of the existence of disembodied spirits and ghosts?

Luke 24:36-39 (NASB): 36 Now while they were telling these things, Jesus Himself suddenly stood in their midst and *said to them, “Peace be to you.” 37 But they were startled and frightened, and ...
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How do advocates of Christian mortalism (aka "Soul sleep") interpret passages that suggest that humans remain conscious after leaving their bodies? [closed]

There are several passages in Scripture that suggest that human beings are still alive/conscious after being separated from their bodies (because of death or due to some sort of out-of-body experience)...
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In Christian mortalism, what sets apart people who have lived from people who didn't live?

According to Wikipedia, "christian mortalism" describes the idea that the soul is not immortal, but dies together with the body and rises in the resurrection. Proponents of this are Jehovahs ...
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Did Jesus's rational soul or His spirit descend into hell?

Jesus said on the Cross: "Father into your hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46). The Apostles' Creed says: "Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. And then Jesus ...
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How do soul sleep adherents explain 1 Peter 3:18-20?

1 Peter 3:18-20: Because even Messiah once suffered for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to Elohim, having been put to death indeed in flesh but made alive in the Spirit, 19 in ...
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How do soul sleep adherents explain Lk 23:43?

Luke 23:43 says: And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Jesus told the thief on the cross beside him that he'll be in paradise with Jesus that day. Being ...
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How do adherents of soul-sleep interpret the parable of Rich man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19–31)?

Doesn't this parable indicate that people have some kind of soul or spirit that is conscious even after death?
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that people do not go to heaven or hell immediately when they die?

Touch poignantly stated in a now closed question, But if people are already in heaven this means that there really isn't much reason for Jesus Christ to return, because all those that believe in Him ...
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What are the biblical arguments against soul sleep?

Quoting from this site: Soul sleep is the teaching that when a person dies that his soul "sleeps" until the time of the future resurrection. In this condition, the person is not aware or conscious. ...
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