I have been seeing the topic of soul sleep creep up a lot on Reddit recently, and I have done my research and come to the conclusion that it does not seem to be biblical. Here is an argument for soul sleep a SDA has used with me recently:
"Luke 16:22 is a parable illustrating the false conception that the Hebrews at that time had about death, as well as their false notion of salvation by bloodline. Think about this: do you really want to be in heaven if you can hear the screaming of the people in hell from across the way, and see them being tortured? Does that really sound like heaven? It’s just a story to make a point.
When Jesus is dealing with the actual Lazarus (John 11:11-14), he calls death a sleep. The disciples are actually confused by this, but Jesus clarifies that Lazarus is dead.
With the thief on the cross… correcting the issue is as simple as moving the misplaced comma. Jesus says to the man, “I say unto you today, you shall be with me in paradise.” This promise doesn’t mean the thief necessarily was with Him in paradise that day, because Jesus taught elsewhere of the resurrection of the dead at His second coming. The thief would have known that he would be raised up on the last day. In fact, the thief just before says “Remember me when you come into your kingdom,” demonstrating that he knew this would take place at a later date.
Check out this website , aptly named “The Truth About Death,” which explores the various arguments for what happens when we die and provides ample evidence from the scriptures to show us what the Bible clearly teaches."
I have only done basic research, about 3 or 4 webpages, and was wondering if someone who is more knowledgeable on this subject could weigh in. Thanks.