We recently had a death in the family, and the other day a received a letter from a JW saying that she had read the obits and saw our name listed as survivors. The letter includes "the scripture at John 11:11 which tells us that ‘he said to them: Lazarus our friend has gone to rest, but I am journeying there to awaken him from sleep,’ and ‘for this reason I look forward to being reunited with my loved one, and you can too.’
It also included the leaflet, “What Hope for Dead Loved Ones” that states, “Nowhere does the Bible teach that man has an immortal soul that survives the death of the body.” It goes on to say, “What was Lazarus’ condition during those four days he was dead? Lazarus did not say anything about being in a heaven of bliss or a hell of torment, which sureley he would have done if he had been there. No, Lazarus was completely unconcious in death and would have remained so until ‘the resurrection on the last day’ if Jesus had not then restored him to life.’”
I want to reply to this letter with thanks for thinking of my family during this time. I also feel some sense of responsibility to reply in a “Catholic” manner to let them know what we believe. What would y’all recommend here? Carol Marie? Anyone else?