Death and Sleep

2021-01-18 14:29
We often compare death to sleep.
Some tombstone names have words such as "One sleeps here," and some use the Chinese word "sleep forever" to describe a person's death in a euphemistic way.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus also compared death to sleep.
When Jesus informed his disciples of Lazarus' death, he did not say that he was dead, but said he was "sleep."

[John 11:11-14]
| After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up."
His disciples replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better."
Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, |

Then, why did he express death as "sleep" ?
We should understand about the death and sleep first.

First of all, death and sleep have many common things.
- They can not walk or talk. They are not conscious without opening their eyes.

But, there are also something that is different each other.
Among them, the greatest difference is "the existence of life".
The sleeping man - eventhough he looks dead - is alive and will get up sooner or later.

The reason why Jesus expressed the death of Lazarus in his sleep is
that although his body is dead, he is still alive.
What is still alive after the body dies, that is the soul.

[Job 19:26]
| And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; |

Job proved that he saw God outside of his body after his own skin, or body, died. Although his body is dead and rotten, his soul is still alive and not extinguished. So death is not the complete disappearance of a person's existence, but the separation of the body and soul.

[Proverb 12:7]
|and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.|

The reason why death is expressed as sleep in the Bible is because life still lasts in the middle of death and resurrection.

Even after death, our souls exist. This means that we have not only the life of here but also the life of the soul, which is an eternal life that will be enjoyed in heaven after the resurrection.
It is not easy to imagine another life that we have never known, as we are living fast and busy in a three-dimensional world. But the reason why we must know this soul's life is because it is the very essence.

What kind of life should we put value on?
Who can say that someone who gives up eternity for a moment's life and sacrifices a moment for a life of eternity?
Total 19

  • 2021-01-19 02:17

    When we fall into the sleep, it is believed that our spirits are separate from the physical body for a moment and rest at night time. But when we awake from the sleep, we can live another day. In the Bible, the sleep is taken figuratively to the DEATH. From the deep sleep, the spiritual death, God Elohim, our Heavenly Parents awake us and give eternal life so that we will enter the kingdom of heaven where there is no more death, pain and sorrow I will give all my thanks and honour to our Heavenly Parents; Christ Ahnsahnghong and Jerusalem God the Mother.

  • 2021-01-19 06:31

    We all are nothing but the sleep in God's sight when we have nothing to do with Him. While we are just going after the earthly things, we neither nor listen to the spiritual things, which are the realities. Before receiving the Spirit and the Bride in Zion, I had no idea of the spiritual goal and never felt God's blessing at all. Within Elohim God, I hear what They say to me through the Bible and understand what I should do for eternal salvation. The water of life from Christ Ahnsahnghong and God the Mother made me alive, not nay more dead.

  • 2021-01-19 12:22

    The truth of the Bible is so profound and mysterious indeed. And the more I study the Bible I feel it. Thanks to God for giving us this truth of the Bible.

  • 2021-01-19 13:12

    Amen. After death, our souls exist. Therefore, we must prepare the life of soul from the earth. Let us listen to God and keep the all commandments of God!

  • 2021-01-19 13:15

    According to Jesus's testimony, our soul is more valuable then our body. As the Soul is in or out body, Life and Death could be defined. We should have a wisdom to prepare our eternal life in heaven while we are living in this earth, the refugee of soul.

  • 2021-01-19 13:22

    We can find out the reason of life and our soul through the Bible.
    If you study the soul with the Bible, you will surely realize that the bible teaches that the soul in us will go back to the spiritual world where it came from.

  • 2021-01-19 13:25

    I choose to sacrifice a moment for a life of eternity. Our life is very short time. But our heavenly Father and Mother give us the eternal blessing when we try to effort for salvation by the weak and little things of ours.

  • 2021-01-20 13:38

    After studying the bible in WMSCOG, I understood that there exist my soul and the life on the earth is the chance to go back to Heaven. I am still learning God's teaching through the bible in WMSCOG. The more I studied the more I am sure that we should believe and follow God's teaching for going back Heavenly Home, Heaven.

  • 2021-01-20 13:38

    The Bible testifies the existence of our soul and the spiritual world. But only the one - who thinks and try hard to go back - can get the opportunity to go back to Kingdom of Heaven. I give thanks and glory to Elohim God for giving us chance to return to our spritual hime, heaven.

  • 2021-01-20 13:41

    Wow. That's really amazing truth. Our souls exist even after our physical death. Absolutely we have to work for the eternity than for a moment.

  • 2021-01-19 13:19

    I'm really looking forward to the world of eternal souls that will come after our bodies are forever asleep.
    Don't forget to prepare for a happy eternal world!

  • 2021-01-19 13:20

    Many donot know we still live spiritually after death. They only focus on earthly lives that will perish in the end. God let us realize that we have true home for heaven. We should prepare our future spiritually with God's wisdom and give thanks to Father and Mother.

  • 2021-01-20 12:53

    Some people think the soul does not exist. But the Bible tells us that the soul exists even after death. So Jesus said, "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28)

    There is an eternal world where our soul will live when we are saved. We must look into the Bible to know how to return to heaven.

  • 2021-01-20 13:41

    Even though we can't see the soul, the soul exists. To save our soul, God gave us the Bible to realize our soul. So we should live our life to prepare the spiritual life that is our soul lives in Heaven. Let's return to the kingdom of heaven.

  • 2021-01-20 13:42

    After our soul leaves our body, it still exists, and we will have a spiritual life
    in the eternal world.

  • 2021-01-20 13:48

    Human is made of body and soul.
    The life of the body and the life of the soul is different.
    And then, which life is more important??
    The life of the soul is more important and valuable to us.
    We must prepare the life in heaven after the death of the body.

  • 2021-01-23 23:38

    When a person dies, the body and the soul are separated, and they go to God and are judged according to their actions on this earth. It's a foolish idea to say you'll only believe what you see. We must realize the world of the soul, which is not visible through the Bible, but exists.

  • 2021-01-24 10:42

    We need to make our souls beautiful. Let's ready for the kingdom of heaven!!

  • 2021-03-25 03:05

    Amen. We can understand that death is like sleep life because life still lasts in the middle of death and resurrection. Thanks to God for letting me realized the matter of soul deeply.

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