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Quotes about Soul Sleep from Christian History

These are quotes about soul sleep from throughout Christian history.

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Justin Martyr, c. A.D. 150

I do not say, indeed, that all souls die. That would truly be a piece fo good fortune to evil people. What then? The souls of the godly remain in a better place, while those of the unrighteous and wicked are in a worse place, waiting for the time of judgment. Thus some which have appeared worthy of God never die, but others are punished so long as God wills them to exist and be punished. (Dialogue with Trypho, a Jew 5)

[This is Trypho, the Jew, speaking, so it does not necessarily represent Christian thinking.] The soul partakes of life, since God wills it to live. Thus, then, it will not partake when God does not will it to live. For to live is not its attribute, as it is God's. Instead, as a man does not live always, and the soul is not joined with the body forever, then whenever this harmony must be broken up, the soul leaves the body, and the man exists no longer. Even so, when the soul must cease to exist, the spirit of life is removed from it, and there is no more soul, but it goes back to the place from where it was taken. (Dialogue with Trypho, a Jew 6)

Cyrian, A.D. 249-258

To myself also, the very least and last, how often it has been revealed, how frequently and manifestly has it been commanded by the condescension of God, that I should diligently bear witness and publicly declare that our brethren who are freed from this world by the Lord's summons are not to be lamented, since we know that they are not lost, but sent before; that, departing from us, they precede us as travelers, as navigators are accustomed to do. They should be desired, but not bewailed. The black garments should not be taken upon us here, when they have already taken upon them white raiment there. (On Mortality, par. 20)

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