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.

Maria Smith's picture


Dear Nate:

I also have never heard of this and have been doing some reading. It is indeed very interesting to me and makes perfect sense as to how these writtings could have happened. (I always thought is was written by divine inspiration by God or angel)

There are some things here that the author of the Jubilees book I would question. According to him Hebrew was the original language spoken by all creatures and is the language of Heaven, he also denies the resurretion of the body and some other things.

Thank you so much for sharing. I will continue reading in this regard.

Yours in Christ,

Yours in Christ,
Maria 玛丽亚
CCEL Hostess