“CAN WE COMMUNICATE WITH THE DEAD AND CAN THE DEAD STILL COMMUNICATE WITH THE LIVING?”
“Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4 NKJV)
The belief that living can communicate with the dead, and the dead can still communicate with the living is based on the belief that the soul is immortal. That when a person dies, his soul still lives, and the reason why the living can communicate with the dead, and the dead can still communicate with the living. However, the Bible doesn’t agree with the immortality of the soul. The verse said, “The soul who sins shall die.” And the Bible also declared that “all have sinned” (cf. Romans 3:23, NKJV). Thus, when a person dies, his soul also dies.
The Bible also tells us that when a person dies his thoughts perish:
“His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” (Psalms 146:4, KJV)
Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun:
“For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, NKJV)
Thus, the living can no longer communicate with the dead, and the dead can no longer communicate with the living. This is the reason why the Lord God forbids the practice of “consulting” (“communicating”) with the dead, and during the time of ancient Israel the penalty of such offense was death:
“Any man or woman who consults the spirits of the dead shall be stoned to death; any person who does this is responsible for his own death.” (Leviticus 20:27 TEV)
The Lord God also forbids His people to consult, to turn to or seek out “mediums” and “spiritists”:
'Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:31 NIV)
The New Testament tells us that “spiritism” is among the “work of flesh” and those who practice it will not inherit the Kingdom of God:
“But when you follow your own wrong inclinations, your lives will produce these evil results: impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, spiritism (that is, encouraging the activity of demons), hatred and fighting, jealousy and anger, constant effort to get the best for yourself, complaints and criticisms, the feeling that everyone else is wrong except those in your own little group-and there will be wrong doctrine, envy, murder, drunkenness, wild parties, and all that sort of thing. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21, LB)
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