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Do the dead have consciousness?

Submitted: 3/15/2008
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Question: I get the impression you must think that when the body dies there is no cognitive awareness--that a person doesn't leave his body at that time. In other words, that he is not aware of anything until the ressurection. Please explain. Sorry I didn't know how to word the question any better.

Answer: Ecclesiastes 9:5 says, 'For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing.' Isaiah 38:18-19 says, 'For Sheol cannot thank You, death cannot praise You;
those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth.
The living, the living man, he shall praise You, as I do this day.' You are correct, the dead have no consciousness until they are raised. In fact, there are some who are alive and have no consciousness, such as a person who has been knocked unconscious by a blow to the head.