Fight the good fight of faith
- South Carolina
- Apr 22, 2011
Dead is dead as in story Jesus taught in the parable of the rich man and the beggar as there are no conversation between the dead in hell/grave/pit. Parables are only fictional stories to create illustrations to make a point. Not sure why you can not understand that. In Matthew 13 Jesus also explains these illustrations, so no, they are nothing more than just stories to prove a point.
John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
On another point, please read 2 Corinthians 5:5-9 as absent from the body and present with the Lord means that we are no longer in the flesh, but now walking in the Spirit having fellowship with God while still being here on earth.
2Co 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
2Co 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight
2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
2Co 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.