Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The question that I’ve been thinking about is of a systematic nature: Why is ‘soul sleep’ so important to a Seventh Day Adventist?
I actually started a CARM discussion on this found here. I asked: what role do 'soul sleep' and the mortality of the soul play in SDA theology? In other words, why is holding to these particular beliefs important for an SDA? I find the answers and discussion very interesting.
Two links were given that have some helpful information:
Of course, I expected an SDA to respond, “It’s important because the Bible teaches it.” This of course, misses the nature of the question. I included this paragraph with my question: “I'm not looking for the obvious answer: "We believe these doctrines are important because they are taught in the Bible." At this point in my "fact finding" the question of the Biblical-ness of these doctrines is not the question.”
This didn’t stop zealous Adventists from giving the answer anyway:
“…holding to said belief is important to adventists because they believe it is biblical, and because they believe it to be biblical, it is important to them...”
“I believe it to be biblical.. and anything biblical is important to me.. It's that simple...Not sure what answer you were expecting.”
“I am SDA, I really don't know what [Ellen G. White] says about this topic, but I know what the Bible says, for what I read is clear for me, that the person who dies, just go the the grave, the next time thise person open his or her eyes will be at the resurrection, resurrection for eternal life, or resurrection of condemnation John 5:29 "and come forth -- those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation…”
The answer appears to be more complicated than I had expected. A few responses made bold assertions:
“Soul sleep is of utmost importance for SDA theology. If soul sleep goes, so does everything else. This is why they are so hard headed about it. too much to lose.”
“Soul sleep is actually a core doctrine of Adventism. Without it, nearly all Adventist theology would crumble.”
Helpful responses to my question can be found here: