Really? Wow, if one believes that people are dead when they die, we are not reading the same book. It is just not a valid argument for petitioning one who has gone on before us to pray for us, unless you are willing to say and show me in scripture where it says that the body that has gone on is incapable of knowing, seeing and hearing what is happening with us here. Especially after giving several that indicate they can and do….
Let me be clear that in places such as Deuteronomy 18:10-15, God forbids necromancy (a form of magic in which the practitioner seeks to summon the spirit of a deceased person, either as an apparition or ghost, or to raise them bodily, for the purpose of divination.)
So, let’s get basic…. we as believers do not hold seances k? We don’t conjure up the dead for the purpose of gaining information…. etc… “There shall not be found among you any one who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, any one who practices divination, a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. . . . For these nations, which you are about to dispossess, give heed to soothsayers and to diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you so to do. The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren—him you shall heed” (Deut. 18:10–15).
It does take a little bit of common sense to discern the huge difference between holding a seance to have the dead speak through you, and someone who goes to their Mother and humbly asks their her to pray for them, or help them through a problem. The difference is night and day… an occult practice vs. a request for one to pray to God on one’s behalf…again, of course all prayer should be prayed directly to Christ… and if you want to think you are a “dead person” when you die, I suppose that is your business. MY Bible tells me I am more alive with Christ after I die than now… sin free…
Why in the world would there be so many Psalms speaking to the Heavens and angels and hosts, asking them to Praise God with us if they can’t hear or see…. how do the angels rejoice over the saved if they can’t see… they body does not stop being the body in physical death, they are not severed from us, and they certainly are not “dead”.