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.

Mike Kirby's picture

ML, Are you absolutely sure?

Michael said in another post,

Re:book of Life..

Is your name in it?

I think so and I believe so, but I cannot be sure in an absolute sense, as men can never know anything in an absolute sense.

Michael also said,

- and since the saints in heaven are surely righteous just think how effective their prayers are.

Mike says,

Anything that the Word of God says is absolute.

Jesus died, rose again and is sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us. Absolutely!

All else (prayers to St. Jude or St. Francis) is conjecture and assumption, and not "worth betting the ranch on" .....

Holiness isn't measured by the distance you keep from the world and it's ways ...
it's measured by your nearness to God"

"Divine Grace is not opposed to effort ...
it is opposed to earning "
— Dallas Willard