Christians speaking to the dead

trueseek1's picture

Had never thought of it this way, until I found a book on the shelf expounding on one of the well known passages of the Holy Scriptures: The Transfiguration passage. Jesus has a live visit from Moses and Elijah and in the presence of the other fallible men, a couple of apostles, he enters into conversation with these two "dead saints". The author also highlighted another instance when God rose the dead and they went into the cities to show themselves as alive in Christ. I had read these passages many times before, and heard countless evangelical sermons on them, but in all my previous readings of the last couple of hundred years of evangelical commentaries, I had never heard of the reality that these visitations represented. Does anyone know how did the faithful early Church fathers who honored God, in the nonheretical Church, view these passages?

Also, the author differentiated clearly between using a medium to reach the dead as Saul did to talk to Samuel, and both these passages, with the understanding that Christ revealed clearly that it is not sinful to have a conversation with a live saint, but evil if one tries to use mediums as the ungodly do.

Thanks for all insights on these passages.

NTC's picture

Back to the future

To answer allranger & thewill...
...I came across this induction due to the combination and realization of the following bits of information:
- If God's prophets can, at times, foretell the future, why can't they also clarify the past?
- an apocryphal book called Jubilees, where Moses communicates with God and is given revelation concerning man's early beginnings (Note: To the best of my knowledge, this book is accepted as part of the canon by the Syrian and Ethiopian texts, and the Dead Sea Scrolls)
- Passing down of history thru oral and/or written traditions might have proved difficult due to 1) the thousands of years covered by Genesis; 2) the destruction caused by the Flood; 3) the confusion caused by the fall of the Tower of Babel / dividing of language. (*Does the Bible explain how / when writing was invented? Realizing ancient Egypt had no written language, but rather, a jumble of hieroglyphics...) Of course, these same arguments (in this last paragraph) could also be used against the acceptence of Enoch into the canon...

I think what I meant to say was that Moses travelled back in time mentally / spiritually, sort of like remote viewing -- versus a physical teleportation... sorry if I wasn't clear earlier.

Being "Berean"... (ref Acts 17:11)