Can The Living
Save The Dead?
Can the dead speak with the living relatives?
Can the living talk with the dead? Does the dead go to heaven at death? Can
we who are alive help someone who is dead become saved? These are vital questions and the Bible will give us the answers to avoid confusion amongst believers.
There is a certain belief amongst Bible
believers that the living can help
save the dead person who died with unrepentant sins.In our attempt to give the answers to those questions above, meanwhile it is important that we first understand what happens when a person dies.
happens when a person dies?
When a person dies, the body returns to the earth, and the breath of
life goes back to God who gave it. Scripture says in Ecclesiates
12:7 – “Then
shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto
God who gave it.”
2. Does a dead person know anything after being
The dead person will
return to dust and know nothing. Scripture says in Ecclesiastes 9:6 – “Also their love,
and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a
portion for ever in any thing that is
done under the sun.”
The dead person knows nothing
because the dead body is rotten and gone back to dust where it came from. It is
the breath (SPIRIT) of God that went back to HIM who gave it in the first place
to Adam and Eve.
Isaiah 38;18 says, "For the grave cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee; they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth."
Psalm 146:2-4 says,"While I live, will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have my being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth, in that very day his thoughts perish."
The Bible does not teach
immortality of the soul. The soul that sinneth, it shall die – Ezekiel 18:4,
Can we who are alive be able to save a loved one who is already dead with
The answer is “NO!” … Why? It is
because the Bible says so. The wages of sin is eternal death – Romans 6:23. The
soul that sinneth, it shall die – Ezekiel 18:20. Sin is an individual thing.
Salvation is an individual thing also. No one is a sinner because of Adam’s
sin. And no one is going to be saved by anyone. Everyone is given the opportunity
to live for or against Christ while they are still living. While being alive, if
a person does not repent; why should he be given another chance to be saved
without repentance in the grave? That doctrine on, the dead can be saved by
those relatives who are alive will embrace a doctrine of salvation in sin by
the dead who do not repent – 2 Peter 3:9. How can a dead person in ashes
who cannot even repent at the grave, be saved by someone alive praying or doing
something in his or her behalf? Actually, that would be salvation by works for
one to save someone like that. .
Anyone who dies, and is a sinner,
he or she will remain a sinner. But the one who repents before death, will be
resurrected when Christ comes again – 1 Thessalonians 4:16.
Do the dead go to heaven after death?
The answer is “No!” They remain
in the grave until Jesus Christ returns to take the righteous to heaven. Jesus
made the promise in John 14:1-3 that He is coming back again. When Christ
returns, He will resurrect the righteous who are dead and take them to heaven
with the righteous who are still living. This is the time the wicked are
separated from the righteous – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.
Many believed that the dead go to
heaven after death. If they do, then, it will contradict the doctrine of the
resurrection and the second coming of Christ – John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians
4:16-17; Revelation 1:7.
What would be the evil consequences of the belief that a dead person can be
saved by the relatives who are alive?
(1) The dead sinner can be saved
by someone else who is alive.
(ii) Sin is not an individual
thing – it is universal
(iii) Salvation is not an
individual thing – it is universal
(iv) Sin can be excused while one
is alive, knowing that if he or she is dead, he or she can be saved by someone
who is alive.
(v) It teaches “Universal
Salvation” – Everyone can be saved into heaven.
(vi) In this case, we only need
one person to be alive to pray for the dead and they will all be saved.
(vii) Man does not have to live a
godly, holy, blameless, sinless life on earth because whosoever is alive can
pray for those that are dead.
(viii) It is embracing the
doctrine of salvation by works. One can be saved by another person.
Actually, if the dead can be saved by those alive,
then we might as well enjoy life in sin and let others who are alive after us
do the work of saving the dead. Why bother serving God? The last of our
relatives on earth can do the job of saving all of us who are already dead.
I pray that God will give us wisdom to understand
His Word, and we are to live His Word like Christ did on earth – 1 John 2:3-6.