Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Biblical Prohibitions Against Necromancy Pose A Significant Problem For Soul Sleep

  • Discussion:
          -The Jehovah's Witnesses, Christadelphians, Seventh-Day Adventists, and other unorthodox sects teach that the human soul ceases to remain conscious upon physical death and entering into the intermediate state (which is usually termed soul sleep). Yet, one tremendous difficulty for that view arises as Scripture emphatically condemns necromancy:

          "You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying." (Leviticus 19:26)

          "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead." (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

          Why even try contacting dead people if their souls are not consciously existing? Certainly, the Jews would have known that the souls of the deceased were no longer aware of anything at all. Such efforts at communication would have already been known to be guaranteed failures (not that it works anyway). So it is obvious that biblical prohibitions against contacting the dead presuppose conscious life after death. If soul sleep is true, then such commandments from God would be meaningless.

          In addition, such a teaching (no conscious life after physical death) violates the clear witness of Scripture:

          "Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:23-26)

          "I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder, knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me." (2 Peter 1:13-14)

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