Dead do not speak

Die Toten sprechen und denken nicht

Remembering the deceased

It is not bad to regularly think of those who have died. Those who were close to us, but who have left us for good, need not disappear from our thoughts. We can think of them regularly.

Autumn is the season par excellence to think about life and death. In nature, we see the transience of things with the leaves on the trees that begin to discolour and then fall off to rot away on the ground and turn to dust, becoming food for other animals and plants again, generating new life.

With nature showing and feeling the changes, we are entering dark days again. We ourselves will once again reflect on the transition from life to death. There are many people who find it important to go to a grave or to the cemetery to commemorate their loved ones.

Those who can no longer think or speak are equal to plants and animals.

It is striking that many people think they can talk to the dead. To this we must reply in the disappointing negative. For the dead can think no more and do nothing for us. They are gone and with them, their thinking and acting have come to an end.

The Bible, the infallible Word of our Sovereign Maker  God, states clearly that with death comes an end to our life, but also an end to our abilities and possibilities. Passed away young or old, what happens to the children of men is precisely the same as what happens to animals. As one dies, so does another. All living creatures have received the same breath of life from the Creator. We humans often think we are more than plants and animals, but humans are nothing ahead of the animals, because everything is transient. Everything and everyone goes to one and the same place. Both are from the dust and no matter how they want to spin or turn it, they all return to the dust.

“in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Ge 3:19 ASV)

“Thou turnest man to destruction, And sayest, Return, ye children of men.” (Ps 90:3 ASV)

“19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; and man hath no preeminence above the beasts: for all is vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.” (Ec 3:19-20 ASV)

Being aware and unaware

We must be aware that as long as a person is among the living, there is still hope. As living, we can be aware of life, but also of death. For the living know that they must die, but the dead know nothing and have no reward since their memory is lost. Their loving, their hating, their striving is long gone, and they have no part, forever, in all that is done under the sun.

“13 Come now, ye that say, To-day or to-morrow we will go into this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain: 14 whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For ye are a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (Jas 4:13-14 ASV)

“4  For to him that is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion. 5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 6 As well their love, as their hatred and their envy, is perished long ago; neither have they any more a portion for ever in anything that is done under the sun.” (Ec 9:4-6 ASV)

Darkness, colour, celebration and enjoyment

With the autumn days, the darkness enters our lives again. Nothing prevents us from bringing some warmth into the house with some extra light, such as candles or some mood lights. It is also a time when we want to enjoy some delicacies of the wild. With joy, we can eat wild roast while drinking wine with good cheer. We must remember that for a long time it has pleased God that we would do this.

“Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God hath already accepted thy works.” (Ec 9:7 ASV)

There is no reason at all to be dressed in black. Colourful colours in our costumes should not be banned.

“Let thy garments be always white; and let not thy head lack oil.” (Ec 9:8 ASV)

Enjoy life

There is reason enough to enjoy life with the woman you love, all the days of your vain life, which God gives you under the sun; for you will see that all your vain days will soon be over; for this is your portion among the living, by the trouble you give yourself under the sun.

“Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of thy life of vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all thy days of vanity: for that is thy portion in life, and in thy labor wherein thou laborest under the sun.” (Ec 9:9 ASV)

“Behold, thou hast made my days [as] handbreadths; And my life-time is as nothing before thee: Surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity. [[Selah” (Ps 39:5 ASV)

Nothing to do after death

The Bible also warns us that everything we have to do will have to be done in time. Whatever your hand finds to do by your power, do it while you still can. For, we must be aware that there is no work, no deliberation, no knowledge, no wisdom in the realm of the dead, where we will all end up.

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, whither thou goest.” (Ec 9:10 ASV)

Trying to talk to the dead is no use at all, for they cannot hear or see or do anything.

“[They are] dead, they shall not live; [they are] deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all remembrance of them to perish.” (Isa 26:14 ASV)

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Preceding

  1. Human Nature: What does the Bible teach?
  2. What is life?
  3. Your life the sum total of all your choices
  4. We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace
  5. In Coronatime thinking about death
  6. Dying or not
  7. Biblical Ambiguity on Death?
  8. What happens when we die?
  9. Autumn, Life and death, grace, regeneration and sanctification
  10. Halloween custom of the nations
  11. Allhallowtide with Halloween, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day
  12. Dia de Los Muertos – Day of the dead
  13. A time for everything
  14. Leaving behind the lives we have touched.
  15. Knowing where to go
  16. Two states of existence before God
  17. How are the dead?
  18. Immortality, eternality – onsterfelijkheid, eeuwigheid
  19. Decomposition, decay – vergaan, afsterven, ontbinding
  20. Why do we need a ransom?
  21. The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ
  22. The one who makes us well and gives life
  23. Separation from God in death, the antithesis of life
  24. This month’s survey question: Heaven and Hell
  25. Does God answer prayer?
  26. Where does Satan lives?
  27. We will all be changed
  28. What Christadelphians Believe

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Additional reading

  1. A Book to trust #4 Cause of Being and Truth
  2. An openingschapter explaining why things are like they are and why we may have hope for better things
  3. Concerning Man
  4. A Mundane Existance
  5. Fear and protection
  6. Today’s thought “When feeling like a man who has no strength any more” (February 19)
  7. Death – dead
  8. Dead and after
  9. The Soul confronted with Death
  10. Facilitations of science and loss of peace of mind
  11. Human Desire Personified
  12. If Today Was Your Last Day On Earth?
  13. Dark times looking like death is around the corner – but Light given to us
  14. In October-November People often too busy with death and the dead
  15. October month of witches and spirits
  16. Understanding God’s Wrath
  17. What traditions/rituals/routines do you have for welcoming Autumn?
  18. Autumn traditions for 2014 – 2 Summersend and mansend
  19. Autumn traditions for 2014 – 4 Blasphemy and ridiculing faith in God
  20. Autumn traditions for 2014 – 5 People, souls and saints in the news
  21. A truth to face often to do with time
  22. What do we need?
  23. Why think that (3) … Jesus rose from the dead
  24. How much does man wants to be dependent on a Divine Creator?
  25. Shame some people made their good choice just a few years before their death
  26. Death
  27. Are we taken up into heaven straight after we die?
  28. Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #1 Intro
  29. Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #2 Psyche, the word
  30. Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #3 Historical background
  31. Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #4 Psyche, According to the Holy Scriptures
  32. Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #5 Mortality of man and mortality of the spirit
  33. Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #6 Summary
  34. Sheol, Sheool, Sjeool, Hades, Hell, Grave, Tomb, Sepulchre
  35. Realities concerning Human Life and Death
  36. Today’s thought “Death by being taken captive” (May 15)
  37. Self inflicted misery #6 Paying by death
  38. Where do we go when we die?
  39. Memorizing wonderfully 73: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Sleepers with hope
  40. Many were made sinners through one man and justified by one man
  41. An Escape Mechanism
  42. 11 November, a day to remember #2 From the Industrialisation
  43. Only once and with consequences
  44. Decisions about your own death
  45. I am ungrateful – Czesław Niemen
  46. Words of Wisdom for the Day – Toil of slavery – Freedom not a gift
  47. Grief and Gratitude
  48. The belief of one going to heaven
  49. The Dead — Where Are They? 1 Universal Inquiry
  50. The Dead — Where Are They? 2 Scientific Answer
  51. The Dead — Where Are They? 3 The Spiritualist’s Answer 
  52. The Dead — Where Are They? 4 The Bible’s Answer
  53. The Dead — Where Are They? 6 Death for man and beast
  54. The Dead — Where Are They? 7 Man became a living soul
  55. The Dead — Where Are They? 8 Man in God’s likeness
  56. The Dead — Where Are They? 9 The Resurrection of the Dead
  57. The Dead — Where Are They? 10 Depart and be with Christ
  58. The Dead — Where Are They? 11 Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord
  59. The Dead — Where Are They? 12 The Thief on the Cross
  60. The Dead — Where Are They? 13 The Souls Under the Altar
  61. The Dead — Where Are They? 14 The Spirits in Prison
  62. The Dead — Where Are They? 15 Moses and Elijah at the Transfiguration
  63. The Dead — Where Are They? 16 Elijah taken up to Heaven
  64. The Dead — Where Are They? 17 Enoch Translated
  65. The Dead — Where Are They? 18 King Saul and the Witch of Endor
  66. The Dead — Where Are They? 19 Body, Soul and Spirit
  67. The Dead — Where Are They? 20 Dives and Lazarus
  68. The Dead — Where Are They? 21 The Prodigal son
  69. The Dead — Where Are They? 22 The unjust steward
  70. The Dead — Where Are They? 23 The Rich Man and The Beggar
  71. The Dead — Where Are They? 24 Stories, first death and heavens
  72. The Dead — Where Are They? 25 The Second Death
  73. Ezekiel 18:4 – What the Bible teaches about Soul and Spirit
  74. Thought for November 1: To the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
  75. Where do we go when we die?
  76. Thought for today November 4th Going to graveyards and people going to dust
  77. Is there life beyond the grave?
  78. A Ransom for all 1 Eternal torment
  79. A Book of life recording the names of true believers in God
  80. Today’s Thought “To save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (June 02)
  81. Identity in the Resurrection

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Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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