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The point at which the spirit is separated from the physical body, tuning the body into a lifeless thing

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According to believers in the dead being conscious, do animals also remain conscious after death?

Short version If humans remain conscious after death, do animals also remain conscious after death? Longer version I'm trying to figure out if there is any fundamental difference between the spirit of ...
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How do believers in the dead being conscious explain the absence of reports about afterlife experiences by Lazarus and other resurrected individuals?

The Bible records several accounts of resurrections. A gotquestions' article titled How many people were raised from the dead in the Bible? lists several examples: The widow of Zarephath’s son (1 ...
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Did the early church believe that the dead were conscious during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD?

What did the early church (1st/2nd century AD) believe regarding the consciousness of the dead? Did early Christians believe that a person would remain conscious after their spirit has departed from ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that the spirit of a person remains conscious after death?

What is the biblical basis for the belief that the spiritual part of a person remains conscious after their bodily death? In other words, what is the biblical basis against Christian mortalism / 'Soul ...
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Christianity, community, friendship, and relationships

I have an ongoing and repetitive discussion with a Christian about the importance of relationships where they say that everyone dies alone. Are there good arguments from the Christian perspective ...
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How do those who believe that the dead are conscious explain passages in Psalms that seem to suggest otherwise?

I'm specifically talking about the following passages (courtesy of this very insightful answer): Psalm 6:5 "For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol, who will praise You?" Psalm ...
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According to Catholic Church, how long should a person pray for the soul of his/her dear ones after the death of the latter?

Catholics believe in the existence of Purgatory where one's soul gets purified before one is granted entry into the abode of God. So, we have November, the month dedicated to the prayer for the souls ...
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Why did knowledge of good and evil result in death?

In Genesis 2:17 God said to Adam: "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." (KJV) Why ...
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Will Lucifer be burn for whole eternity? [closed]

Non-regret sinners will spend a whole eternity in hell. Will Lucifer get the same destiny as well?
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What is meant by the Jehovah's Witness statement "Jesus was dead, forever dead."?

The following is pulled from an answer to this question: According to Jehovah's Witnesses, In What Way is Jesus Human. It would appear, then, that the Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus had his ...
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Should Adam’s and Eve’s death be regarded as a sacrifice?

Should Adam’s and Eve’s death(loss of immortality) be regarded as a sacrifice? In a similar way to Christ dying on the cross for our sins, I would assume Adam’s and Eve’s death contributes to their ...
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For those who don't believe baptism is required for salvation, when, scripturally, does someone die with Christ?

Paul recites as part of an early creed. 2 Timothy 2:11 ...If we have died with him, we will also live with him;... Here it seems that our living with Christ is conditioned on us having died with ...
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How do Christians who reject pre-fall death reconcile their views with the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event (66 million years ago)?

Many Christians believe that creation was cursed because of Adam & Eve's fall into sin, and that death entered creation because of the fall but not before. In other words, the idea of pre-fall ...
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What is Catholic Church's take on “Whom God Loves Die Young”?

The famous maxim "Whom God Loves Die Young"(adapted) has been accepted as a fact of life, by people across different religions. Let alone geniuses, writers, artists and other celebrities, ...
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Why did Jesus need to die for our sins?

I feel silly asking this because I feel like it should be obvious. Why did Jesus need to die for our sins? I am asking because this part of Christianity still confuses me. I thought Judaism taught ...
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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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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on what happens to humans after death?

My (rather superficial) understanding is that most Christians would agree that human beings are composed of body, spirit and soul. Now, I'm aware that the terms "soul" and "spirit" ...
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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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Is the wages of sin our natural death? [closed]

Does anyone else believe that our natural deaths are not the punishment for sin? Id always thought it odd that if our natural deaths were the punishment for sin, then why would God raise everyone for ...
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Why do the Catholics and Orthodox keep relics and bone fragments? Isn't this disrespect for the body?

In Orthodoxy, cremation after death is not permitted. It is not preferred in Catholicism. This is because of the strong respect for the integrity of the body. Both traditions are also strongly pro-...
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If the earthly sanctuary is a replica of the heavenly sanctuary, can there be death in heaven?

Please excuse what appears to be a bit of a confused question...I am trying to make sense of something that I simply do not fully understand in my own mind. The question is therefore very difficult ...
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Does the Catholic Church believe that we become just souls after we die?

I am a Roman Catholic and I ask this question as one, but I'm also interested in understanding the answers that other christian denominations may have to my question. So, feel free to share here your ...
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From a trinitarian perspective, how do you biblically reconcile Jesus dying and Jesus being God?

I've heard non-trinitarians say, "The Bible says God can't die, therefore Jesus isn't God. First of all, does the Bible even say that God can't die (I assume it does, or at least it implies it). ...
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How did the Apostle Matthew die?

I see different sources of Apostle Matthew's death staked or impaled to the earth by spears and then beheaded killed by a sword wound natural death he angered a local king who ordered him nailed to a ...
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Was Eden different from the rest of the world? [closed]

Gen 2:8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. This could sound like Eden was a special place, planted after Adam's creation, and different ...
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Where does the Body, Soul and Spirit of man go after Death? [closed]

Here is a question that came during a Bible study and I believe it is very interesting. So much I want to share here and see what answers can come out. I am going to keep it simple. So, we all have ...
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Could Angels and Demons die?

We know that Angels were created before Man. Trinity is uncreated and eternal i.e: sempiternal. Could Angels and Demons be killed or die or lose their life according to Orthodox Christianity i.e: ...
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Did any medieval Catholics believe in the possibility the repentance was possible immediately after death?

Did any medieval Catholics have a pious belief that immediately after death, God gave people a last chance to repent of their sins and thus save their immortal soul from going to hell for all eternity?...
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Origin of the adage, ‘He went to be with the LORD.’?

This is a popular saying in Christian circles at funerals or when a person has recently died. Is there a biblical basis for this phrase?
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Are there any Saints that have miraculously overcome death (should have died, but did not)?

Are there any saints that should have died but didn't, not like they dodged a moving train, but rather something like were stabbed in the heart but didn't bleed, or something. And when they did die, ...
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What does Lewis mean by the things that stifle bitter resentment in elders in A Grief Observed

In A Grief Observed on page 7 Lewis writes: Our elders submitted and said, 'Thy will be done.' How often had bitter resentment been stifled through sheer terror and an act of love — yes, in every ...
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Where did people who lived in Jesus's time go to when they died?

This sounds weird but when Jesus existed between approx. 6-3 BCE to 33 CE in Judea as a man (still retained His God nature) how were people living in this exact time frame judged after they died? ...
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Any radical transformation in case of incarnation without fall?

There are some reasons considered by the Catholic Church to assume the Incarnation even without the Fall. Simply speaking, Jesus would come even if Adam and Eve would not have eaten the apple. There ...
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According to Catholicism what happens after Death on the General Judgment Day?

At the General Judgment Day what happens? Do we recognise each other in the same relationships as we had on earth? I am very confused and have not been able to find a simple answer in Catholic ...
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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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Catholicism: Memento Mori in Christianity?

In this video, the priest says that Memento Mori is an integral part of Christianity. He says that priests and nuns used to place skulls on their desks to remind them of their impending death. I have ...
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If Jesus's death was not eternal, then how can it be substitutionary for the eternal deaths of humans?

Sinful humans are judged and sentenced to eternal death. But did Jesus experience eternal death? If so, how? If not, how then can it be considered substitutionary for our deaths? How do those who ...
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How can a theistic evolutionist account for the origin of suffering and death?

Young-Earth creationists have an easy answer in Genesis 3: it’s all man’s fault, but this conflicts with the overwhelming consensus in several scientific fields. Theistic evolutionists can accept ...
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In Catholicism, does baptism against the will of a dying, unaware person result in baptismal regeneration?

Suppose that a hostile unbeliever meets a Catholic priest. The unbeliever is a blasphemer and firmly stated that he never wants to become a Christian. However later that day, he is dying and non ...
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What hymns about death were common in the early 1400s?

I am writing a novel and would like to know what hymn a family might have sung as their loved one died - in 1405 in England.
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What is the biblical basis for all people meeting God when they die?

I recently saw a billboard proclaiming "After you die, you will meet God" What is the biblical basis for this? My first thought, was that according to my understanding of Christianity, those headed ...
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Does God cause the punishment or is that the effect of his absence?

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. Romans 5:12 Therefore, just ...
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How do various Christian traditions view the expression "crossing over Jordan"?

John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim’s Progress' (published 1678) makes reference to "crossing the River" in order to get to the Celestial City. Chapter 20 mentions that only Enoch and Elijah did not have to ...
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According to Catholicism, when a person dies, is that person's spirit/soul limited as to where it can be present?

According to Catholicism, when a person dies, is that person's spirit and/or soul limited as to where it can be present?
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that the soul/spirit continues after death?

What scriptural support is used to defend the belief that the soul/spirit of man continues on after death? And how does that work with the fact that God made man "from dust you are and dust you will ...
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About praying for the dead and anointing of the sick

If a someone is dying you give him the anointing of the sick in the catholic church and all his sins are forgiven. Let's assume a person X dies in a mortal sin like skipping mass. Or any mortal that ...
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Was the darkness that came during Jesus's death a solar eclipse? [duplicate]

Matthew 27:45 - From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. I know a solar eclipse is only a few minutes, but it seems like it would match the description. I want more ...
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According to Catholicism, if someone receives last rites, is everything forgiven?

So you've killed dozens of people, cheated on wife, destroyed families blah blah. Then before dying the priest administers you the last rites. Is everything forgiven? Will you go to heaven because you ...
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According to Catholicism, will those who are alive on the Day of Judgement die physically?

At 1 Thessalonians 4:15–17 (NRSVCE) we read: For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those ...
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What was the first recorded near death experience of a Christian claiming to have one?

What is the first recorded description of a Christian claiming to have what we would today call a near death experience? Did perhaps any of the early church fathers describe such an event that ...