Death is a natural, inevitable part of living. People are born. People die.

Sometimes, when several family members, acquaintances, or friends die close together, in the same community, it makes one wonder what is going on.

Wellington, Kansas has lost some residents this past week. In fact, one family actually lost four people they cared about, within days of each other.

What is going on? you wonder. Why so many so quickly?

Only God can say.

Some people, due to the false doctrines taught them, think that once someone dies, they can still pray for them. Catholics, for instance, pray to dead people, hoping they will have some pull with God to answer their prayers, or whatever. This is ludicrous any way you look at it. Holding Masses for dead people is even more ridiculous. No one can be saved once they are dead, so what will your prayers do for a dead person? Once someone has passed on, the person has no power to do anything. (S)He is dead.

If you wish to pray for someone, then do it while the person is still alive. Your prayers will have no affect once the person dies. It is like trying to catch the wind. It is futile and pointless.

Scripture tells us not to pray to dead people. That includes the saints and Mary, the mother of God. If the Catholic church was preaching God’s Truth, people would know this is forbidden. (1 Samuel 28)

Our prayers must be directed to God and God alone. (Exodus 20: 1-3)

And when we pray, we must end our prayers in Jesus’ name. ‘Amen’ only means that we agree with what is being said. That is all.

“And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27)

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