31 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, 32 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
In this scripture, Jesus Christ speaks about the future resurrection of the dead, which will include Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus says absolutely nothing about these patriarchs being alive with Him now. Yet surprisingly, the proponents of the immortality of the soul use this scripture to support their unbiblical doctrine. They reason that since the scripture above says that God is not the God of the dead, but of the living, it must mean that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are at present conscious and living in heaven. They ignore the clear biblical teaching that no man has ascended to heaven, only Jesus. As the Bible refers to those who are dead as 'sleeping' and not permanently dead, it should not be a problem for anyone to understand that God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
Furthermore, one must understand God's perspective towards those who are dead.
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