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Was Lazarus in a coma?

The ambiguity of Jesus' initial answer confused the disciples so he elaborated: 11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The ...
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What is the biblical basis for identifying the Lazarus Jesus raised from the dead and the Lazarus in the story of the rich man and Lazarus?

The earliest Christians' knowledge of Lazarus came not from the Gospel accounts, but rather from personal acquaintance or acquaintance with those who knew Lazarus. In short, they knew Lazarus ...
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What is the biblical basis for identifying the Lazarus Jesus raised from the dead and the Lazarus in the story of the rich man and Lazarus?

I think taken together the Gospels do make us think about this possibility. God has inspired not just the texts of each Biblical book in isolation, but in relation to each other. Lazarus himself is ...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

There is no reason to insist that the Hebrews passage be interpreted as a categorial rule which is devoid of exceptions, especially in light of both the writer and the reader knowing of various people ...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

Even though it is a common sense understanding that, by and large, people only die one physical death, the main point of the passage in Hebrews 9 is not to delineate how many times a person may die. ...
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Was Lazarus in a coma?

Was Lazarus in a coma? The short answer is no. In fact the Gospel according to St. John is very clear on the subject matter. The resurrection of Lazarus is one of Jesus’ public miracles. Being in a ...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

Clearly Paul knew that some people do die more than once, having resurrected someone himself: As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. ...
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What is the biblical basis for identifying the Lazarus Jesus raised from the dead and the Lazarus in the story of the rich man and Lazarus?

EDIT : Following comments that my answer was difficult to follow, I have re-organised it and placed remarks about the beggar Lazarus (my understanding that he is not a fictional - parable - character ...
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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?

If the dead are conscious, then why is the Bible silent about the afterlife experiences of those who were resurrected and had the chance to tell us about it, but for some mysterious reason didn't? ...
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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?

Arguments from silence are no arguments at all. With Lazarus, who had been dead 4 days, three highly significant factors are often overlooked. First, that Jesus delaying the resurrection of him until ...
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Was Lazarus in a coma?

Augustine is just playing with words here, for literary effect. He's taken up the idea that death, for Christians, is like sleep (seen here in John, but also throughout the New Testament), and making ...
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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?

I would say that none of those people were tapped by the Holy Spirit to author Scripture therefore, even if they did relate their experiences to others, they had no part in their inclusion or ...
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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 person, of whom Paul speaks, who was 'caught up to the third heaven' saw things 'not lawful to utter' and did not utter them. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body,...
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What is the biblical basis for identifying the Lazarus Jesus raised from the dead and the Lazarus in the story of the rich man and Lazarus?

Christians are reluctant to tie the two together because it is by no means certain that they are the same person. Remember that the gospels were primarily written for contemporaries, some of who ...
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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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What is the biblical basis for identifying the Lazarus Jesus raised from the dead and the Lazarus in the story of the rich man and Lazarus?

There are two significant problems with your analysis. The incident recorded in Luke 10:38-42 takes place in the home of Martha, Lazarus' other sister -- whom you don't account for in your alternate ...
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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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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

OP: Given that there are counter examples to the notion that men only die once, how do denominations apply a verse at times literally and at times figuratively? To answer, typically the context will ...
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Was Lazarus in a coma?

Jesus was only using a Euphemism when he said Lazarus was "sleeping" , which is corroborated by his later statement that Lazarus was indeed dead. There might have been, in biblical times, ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach where Lazarus’ soul was before being resurrected?

Does the Catholic Church teach where Lazarus’ soul was before being resurrected? I guess the most classic answer according to Catholicism was that he was in the Limbo of the Fathers. Jesus knew ...
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Was the weeping of Jesus in Jn 11:35 an integral part of the divine scheme of things?

When one is a father with a daughter, one can understand weeping when knowing everything is alright, but weeping because one's daughter is hurting, even if she doesn't understand. That's why Jesus ...
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What is the biblical basis for identifying the Lazarus Jesus raised from the dead and the Lazarus in the story of the rich man and Lazarus?

Matt makes a great point that the Lazarus in the parable is fiction (we should look at the account of the Rich Man and Lazarus as didactic rather than historical). Thus, we should not conclude from ...
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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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How do adherents of soul-sleep interpret the parable of Rich man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19–31)?

The parable would be taken as allegory. The Scriptures taken as a whole (tota scriptura) are understood by many to be clear that the bible teaches that "dust we are and dust we shall return". It was ...
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