Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I Don't Speak to Dead People

2 Timothy 4:1-5 talks about false teachers and hearing the truth. Matthew 7:20-23 basically speaks about those who teach contrary to His word.

I know that the world will persecute me for His sake. Matthew 5:11 says they will. So because of that, I know many will not like this post or me. But that's okay.

My post is about the dead do not hear the living and why I should not talk to a dead person. Here's my thoughts on this.

2 Samuel 12:18-23
David's son died, but while the son lived David fasted and prayed. When the son died, David rose, bathed, and ate. When asked about this, he stated: "But now he is dead, wherefore [why] should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." (KJV)
This showed me that even if he went to "talk" to his son, he will not hear him or be with him. Instead David, a man after God's own heart, turned his eyes on the Lord, going to the house of the Lord and worshipping.

Ecclesiastes 9:5 showed me the futility of talking to my dad or grandma.
"For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is forgotten." To me this is true. No matter how hard you try to remember, the love remains but the face or voice of a loved one fades away. 

Even though this passage in Jeremiah 16:5-7 talks about the ending of Israel and God's relationship, to me it was a good passage that showed a nation (me) that would not rely upon God and then gladness and peace were taken away.
In the same book, verse 22:10a, "Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him", helped me realize that those who are dead and knew Christ are happy.

In Luke 24:5b, "...why seek ye the living among the dead?", it reminded me that those who are in heaven are alive, not dead. I should not seek them among the dead, in other words, at graveyards. Even though this is about Jesus' resurrection, it is relevant about those who die.

So why do I not talk to the dead? Is there more to show my reasoning? Yeah, there is.

If I talk to my dad or my grandmother, or even my late husband (who will not be my husband in heaven--Luke 20:35), then I am placing the conversation with them above Jesus. That would be a form of idolatry.

If I spoke to my dad, "What would you do in this situation, Dad?", is it not better that I ask the Lord, "Lord, what should I do?" Who is more deserving of my question? If I say "Happy Birthday, Dad" on November 1st, who am I doing this for? Not my dad, because he no longers ages. But for me, which is seen as pride, lover of self, and again, idolatry.
Galatians 5:19-6:18 helps me to understand this in detail.

And my ultimate favorite about the dead, Luke 16:19-31, the story of the rich man and Lazarus.
Verse 26 states: "And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot, neither can they pass to us, that world come from thence."
Meaning, the dead neither see nor hear those still on earth or those in Hell.

So I do not speak to the dead because 1) They cannot hear me, and 2) it would be putting myself and the conversation with the dead above Jesus.

Jesus knows my pain and He knows how much I miss my loved ones who have died, but I talk to only Him. He is more to me than a conversation with thin air.

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