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Is there a contradiction between Ecclesiastes 9:5 & Luke 16:19-31?

There are those like me who see Luke 16:19-31 as an historical account, not a parable. Many of those, again like me, also hold to the original textform of Scripture to be by inspiration of God and ...
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Ecclesiastes 12:7 implications for animals?

The Teacher does not distinguish between humans who believe in God or the godless. ALL humans will die and their bodies go into the ground where "the dust returns to the ground it came from.&...
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Does "asleep" in 1 Corinthians 15 mean that the dead are unconscious prior to the resurrection?

At your suggestion here is a longer series of comments about what the Bible teaches about man during death. Mortal man is just that, and the soul can die. Eze 18:4, 20, 24, Gen 6:3, 1 Tim 6:15, 16. ...
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What is hell? sheol/hades/prison/lake of fire/outer darkness

What is Hell? What are Sheol / Hades / Prison / Lake of Fire / Outer Darkness? Allow me to restate the passages you have provided using the NASB-95 translation. I believe what’s crucial to recognize ...
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Are the spirits of the dead conscious according to Isaiah 14:9-11?

Whether the dead are conscious or not is not the subject of Isa 14. It is a prime example of personification of inanimate objects that is common in the Bible. Indeed, "sheol" itself is ...
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Does it follow from 1 Timothy 6:13-16 that the souls of human beings are not inherently immortal?

The root word for immortality here is ἀθανασία ("athanasia"), also used by Paul in 1 Cor. 15:53-54, therein to describe the change from a mortal body which will die to an immortal body that ...
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Is there a contradiction between Isaiah 38:17-19 & Luke 23:43?

There are two matters in this question. 1. Where to place the comma in Luke 23:43? According to the following considerations: Luke's style Hebraistic style the facts of what happened later the ...
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Does it follow from John 17:3 that the wicked will cease to exist (since they won't have eternal life)?

There is such a thing as "a living death". It stands in stark contrast to eternal life, in Christ. A living death is being alive without belonging to Christ. Billions of people throughout ...
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Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus and the rich man - literal, allegorical or a mixture of both?

The purpose of this parable is not to convey factual information about Heaven, Hell, or Abraham's bosom. Rather the purpose of this parable of the conscience is to awaken an awareness of the ...
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Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus and the rich man - literal, allegorical or a mixture of both?

Positive Argument (Negative arguments in a separate post for readability) The setting of the parable This question is insightful because "Is the parable of the rich man and Lazarus a true story&...
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Did Paul believe that he would immediately be with Jesus as soon as he died?

The best way to understand Paul's teaching here is to see it in the larger context of his teaching about the resurrection. The source of our eternal life at the resurrection is Jesus and His ...
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The dead forget OR the dead will be forgotten? Ecclesiastes 9:5

Answer: You are right: the dead will be forgotten. The people who still live no longer remember them; it's the people's memory. All translations you quoted have this sense, plus NIV ("even ...
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What does Ecclesiastes 12:7 exactly mean by "the spirit returns to God"?

NOTE: I am going to give an answer purely based on inspired scripture. The writings of the apostolic fathers or of any ante-Nicene fathers or early church fathers are NOT inspired; one cannot use them ...
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Does numbers 16 showcase the reality of Hell/Sheol?

Answer to your Q 1: Can this be interpreted in more than one way? Of course there's more than one interpretation to this passage of scripture. You have mentioned one, and others will mention different ...
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Are the souls of Revelation 6:9-11 awake and, yet, still awaiting the resurrection?

I’ll offer a less-popular take (but what fun would it be to repeat things that have already been said on related questions?). I suggest that the spirit is not dormant between death and the ...
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Are the souls of Revelation 6:9-11 awake and, yet, still awaiting the resurrection?

No, the souls are not awake. Revelation 6:11 And a white robe was given to each of them; and they were told that they were to rest for a little while longer. Note: They were told to rest for a ...
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Is Ezekiel talking about eternal life and death in Chapter 18?

Ezekiel provides valuable context a few verses later. The latter part of the chapter emphasizes the desire to enable the sinner to repent and, in verses 25-27 indicates that the death being spoken of ...
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Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus and the rich man - literal, allegorical or a mixture of both?

I know this almost a waste of electrons but I will post for completeness and balance. Many still believe that the parable of the rich man and Lazarus as told by Christ in Luke 16:19-31 is a literal ...
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Is there a contradiction between Ecclesiastes 9:5 & Luke 16:19-31?

There is no direct contradiction. The saying in Ecclesiastes 9:5 reflects an early post-Exilic Jewish beliefs about death. The story of the Rich man and Lazarus, found in Luke 19:19-31, can only ...
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Is there a contradiction between Ecclesiastes 9:5 & Luke 16:19-31?

I am new to this exchange so I apologize if my answer does not meet the criteria. I do not study hermeneutics per se and I am very cautious not to “define doctrine” with a heavy emphasis on word ...
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Is there a contradiction between Ecclesiastes 9:5 & Luke 16:19-31?

Many still believe that the parable of the rich man and Lazarus as told by Christ in Luke 16:19-31 is a literal representation of heaven and hell after death. This view has some serious problems, for ...
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Are the souls of Revelation 6:9-11 awake and, yet, still awaiting the resurrection?

The book of the Revelation is apocalyptic literature, highly symbolic, and it does not speak of literal events literally happening. For instance, there was no physical woman in the visible heavens ...
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Psalm 16:10: hell vs Sheol vs realm of the dead

In Hebrew Sheol שאול (H7585) is the "abode of the dead," the "underworld," and commonly translated hell, grave or "pit. The etymology of the word Sheol is uncertain, even the ...
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Psalm 16:10: hell vs Sheol vs realm of the dead

The meaning of "she'ol" is controversial because of it relationship to the doctrine of anthropology and after-life experiences. I note the following uses of the word "she'ol" It ...
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Does 1 Thessalonians 5:10 rule out annihilism?

Those who do not believe in soul annihilation at physical death happily agree with annihilists that "sleep" in 1 Thess. 5:10 refers to the death of a person. There is no problem seeing the ...
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Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus and the rich man - literal, allegorical or a mixture of both?

These 11 parables from Luke include the Greek word “τις” translated "certain" A certain moneylender had two debtors... (7:41-43) A certain lawyer... (10:25-37) rhetorical discussion The land of a ...
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Why is the practice of consulting the dead detestable to God?

The text itself shows why God forbids that, and other practices. There is a list of related, forbidden practices: "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter ...
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Why does Jesus respond to a request about his Kingdom at Luke 23:42 by talking about Paradise in Luke 23:43?

The Thief's Question Let's start with the thief's question--he wants to be with Jesus in His kingdom. The thief would have been aware that Jesus was understood (by some) to be the Messiah--after all, ...
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