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According to adherents of 'soul sleep', how did Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus, Peter, James, and John?

Let the Bible interpret itself. A few verses later: And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. —...
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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?

Introduction I intend to show that the concept of a universal realm for all, outside Heaven, where all await the resurrection (Waiting in the Grave, WitG hereafter) is united against other beliefs ...
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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)?

Occam's Razor is often expressed as "the simplest explanation is usually the best one", but that is a misleading oversimplification unless one properly defines what "simplest" ...
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What are the biblical arguments against soul sleep?

The Bible never described someone else's soul sleeping only to be awaken at the last judgment. Rather, what the Bible records show is that in the New Testament all of God's people who are in the ...
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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?

Ecclesiastes 3 eloquently frames the problem: I said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time ...
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According to adherents of 'soul sleep', how did Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus, Peter, James, and John?

The Transfiguration (Matt 17:1-13; cp. Mar 9:2-13) is a vision, an eschatological vision, that Jesus gave the privilege of enjoying to the "inner circle" of his Apostles, Peter, James and ...
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Did Jesus's rational soul or His spirit descend into hell?

Article 5 of the Catechism of the Council of Trent says: We are not to imagine that His power and virtue only, and not also His soul, descended into hell; but we are firmly to believe that His soul ...
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What if God instantaneously moves people from one time to another?

I will attempt to answer this question from both viewpoints. 1. What's wrong with instantaneous time traveling for 'soul sleep' advocates? For a 'soul sleep' advocate, if instantaneous time traveling ...
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What Verses did Ellen White use to support Soul Sleep?

Seventh Day Adventists [SDAs] say that "the dead remain in their graves and there is no spirit, nor soul, which goes to Heaven (or hell) when we die." This, in a nutshell, is their doctrine ...
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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?

For Christian Mortalists, the human soul and/or spirit is mortal and dies at physical death. The soul and/or spirit is not independent of the body like on Platonic conceptions of the soul. For ...
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How do adherents of soul-sleep interpret the parable of Rich man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19–31)?

Luke 16:19-31 is perhaps a difficulty for proponents of the soul sleep theory, but it is not an outright contradiction of the theory for a number of reasons. Scripture, in both old and new testament,...
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How do soul sleep adherents explain Lk 23:43?

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the soul dies when the body dies. The condition of the dead is like sleep. Without a resurrection there would be no hope for a soul to live again. That may be enough ...
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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?

A key indicator that an intermediate realm exists can be drawn from Jesus's response to Mary in John 20:17. "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father." If Christ hadn't visited our ...
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How do annihilationists understand Matthew 10:15?

Annihilationism allows for different degrees of punishment on the Day of Judgment, so long as the wicked are ultimately destroyed rather than enduring everlasting torment. Below is a response to this ...
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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)?

Why would God allow people to be misled by an ambiguous verse of scripture? God's people must have free will, they must exercise that free will based on knowledge, and that knowledge must be based on ...
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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?

These questions use the expression "this life". 1 John 5:11, quoted in the Question, contains those two words, but "this" is used in the same sense as the other six instances of &...
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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?

Are we born again in this life? John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. If a person is not ...
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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?

Evangelical theologian Michael F. Bird wrote in a 2019 blog article The Intermediate State: What the Bible Tells Us that Paul wasn't very clear about the intermediate state. But from what we can ...
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain reports of astral projection, out-of-body experiences (OBE) and near-death experiences (NDE)?

How do atheists and other skeptics explain reports of astral projection, etc.? Given that there is no scientific evidence of the reality of such events other than as a neurological effect, why should ...
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What Verses did Ellen White use to support Soul Sleep?

Some of the verses that Ellen White quotes which plainly explain the state of the dead: KJV Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have ...
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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?

From the NET Bible: The verb κοιμάω (koimaō) literally means “sleep,” but it is often used in the Bible as a euphemism for death when speaking of believers. This metaphorical usage by its very nature ...
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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."?

The answer is in the context of the verse. Jesus was asked about "resurrection." He addressed that specifically, "But concerning the dead rising...". The dead will be resurrected, ...
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How do soul sleep adherents explain 1 Peter 3:18-20?

Most likely the reason this question is not getting much traction is because no one who believes in the unconscious state of the dead prior to Jesus' second coming actually use the term "soul ...
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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?

Jehovah’s Witnesses are sometimes categorized as soul sleep adherents. We teach that the death of a human ends all consciousness. Thus the condition of the dead is likened to a deep sleep. Whereas ...
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How do soul sleep adherents make sense of Jesus' acknowledgement of the existence of disembodied spirits and ghosts?

A soul sleep adherent would simply say that in the Matthew 14:26-27 passage, the disciples thought Jesus was a phantasma, a Greek term for spirit appearances or apparitions, based on their ...
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In Christian mortalism, what sets apart people who have lived from people who didn't live?

My answer comes with a caveat: I have struggled to grasp the meaning of this question, and have been confused by that Wikipedia article on what it calls “Christian Mortalism”. I have therefore ...
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Did Jesus's rational soul or His spirit descend into hell?

The Apostle's Creed has different versions for different church denominations. Most of the Protestant versions do not say "he descended into hell" but rather "he descended to the dead". The Church ...
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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? I believe that once the literary form for this narrative is identified, the account ...
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