Note that?Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.(Hebrews 12:1)
Jesus said unto her, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live. And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die." (John 11:25-26)
I am the RESURRECTION !!!!
If you are resurrected you PUT ON immortality.
Whoever is resurrected in the FIRST resurrection puts on immortality. Until then, they sleep.
KJV. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Sincere Catholics often bow down before a statue of a SAINT and devoutly pray, even though the saint is DEAD. But the Roman Church doesnt teach that theyre dead.
Even though the idea that mans soul is naturally immortal is a PAGAN one. All the ancient pagan religions, without exception had the idea that the soul, or mans essential being, was immortal.
That non-biblical concept, inherited from Babylon was a common thread running through them all. In Egypt for instance, the pyramids were great monuments, great houses for the dead to hold their immortal spirits.
But the heathen idea of mans soul being naturally immortal comes from Egypt and Babylon and Greece, not the Bible whose teaching directly contradicts it.
See such verses as 1 Timothy 6:15-16, Ezekiel 18:4, 20, Ecclesiastes 9:5, Psalm 6:5; 13:3; 115:17, John 11:11-14, Ephesians 5:14 etc.