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.

Lou2's picture

Christians speaking to the dead

From the study I have done with the New Testament, I do not see a problem with Jesus' teachings and "speaking to the dead." It seems that the warnings about such are intended to make a distinction between worshiping those who have information from other dimensions. In other words, worship God, not mediums.

How do you see prophets? Are they not mediums? According to Revelation, the end times are supposed to bring visions and knowledge. This is the same thing, is it not? I believe we all have the physical ability to "see" and "hear" spirit. Some of us are better at the interpretation, however, as Paul said in Corinthians 1.

This is a fascinating area to study.