This is a responds to the following thread as it was presented in another thread:
There are quit a few items here so I will be breaking it down in fragments and answer each point accordingly.
“If the dead know nothing then way did Jesus preach to the dead?”
Is this doctrine in the Bible or is it a “tradition” passed down from some obscure past?
If it is a doctrine of the Bible please post the scriptures supporting it. If it is a “tradition” passed down, was it passed down by the Apostles or some other source? If it is from the Apostles it, again, should be stated somewhere in the scriptures as Paul and the other apostles reiterated all their teaches to the churches in their letters to them.
II Thessalonians 2:15 “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word or our epistle”
II Thessalonians 3:4-6 “And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. Now we commend you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.”
II Thessalonians 3:14-15 “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy but admonish him as a brother.”
The traditions that are to be followed are those that the Apostles, through the guidance of the Holy Ghost, established when the Church was first formed. Their traditions were the teachings of Christ, as Christ spoke them, whether through letters or in person to the body. These traditional teachings are found in the scriptures and we are to compare all that we are told concerning the truth of God with the scriptures, wisely culling out that which is truth and that which is false, showing ourselves approved.
II Timothy 2:11-19 “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. Of these things put them in rememberance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus. Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity."
Many take the word of others when it comes to the word of God at face value and don’t study for themselves, or they harvest out of the scriptures what they will to support their doctrines, in many cases using one verse, often misquoted, to support their teachings. I, therefore, ask that you search out the scriptures and compare that with what you believe, is what you believe bolstered by the Word of God or does it fall apart like a house of cards? If I error, and it can be shown scripturally, please show me for I do not wish to error nor lead others to error.
For further questions on the issue of the how Christ descended into hell to preach to the dead when he was dead you will need to direct that to Solomon when we get to heaven, for it was he who stated that the dead no not know anything.
Eccl. 9:5-6 “For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” and Eccl. 9:10 Whatsoever they hand findeth to do, do it with they might; for there is not work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave, whither thou goest.”