I have a relative who is not Catholic and constantly trying to push her believes onto my family. She believes that everyone that dies, including Mary, is in a deep sleep until Jesus comes a second time. So in other words, we cannot talk to the dead or ask them to pray for us. Now she is a very strict bible Christian, so she states that the above is in the bible. I am assuming she means this passage:
1 Thessalonians 4:16–17, which states, “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord.”
I was wondering what this scripture means about the dead. I know I have found many scriptures saying things like God is God of the living, not the dead. This relative will also give passages of the times Jesus brought back the dead such as:
Luke 7:12-15: As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.
She says that the dead were in a deep sleep before Jesus brought their soul and spirit back to their body. Could someone help give me reasons that her thoughts on this is not correct in a way that a Protestant would understand (meaning very biblical reasons)?