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During the 1980’s, ‘scientists’ reportedly looking for oil in Siberia, drilled nine miles down where they broke through the earth’s crust into a spot where the temperature was 2000 degrees F. As the story goes, they lowered a microphone into the hole where they heard human voices wailing in hell!

Some however, became skeptical of this dubious tale. Where, they reasoned, could ‘scientists’ find an extension cord nine mile long? And how, could a microphone withstand that kind of heat?

Within due time, this ‘news article’ was exposed as a hoax.

Between 1920 and 1944, a well known evangelist based her ministry in Southern California. Aimee Semple McPherson preached to tens of thousands of people per week at Angelus Temple in the Echo Park area of L.A. In 1924, ‘Sister Aimee,’ as she was sometimes known, pioneered evangelistic radio broadcasting from the same location.

Telephone in Her Casket!

Her ministry and life however, were not without controversy, including her untimely death at the age of 54 as a result of a sedative overdose. Subsequently, Evangelist Aimee was buried with a connected live telephone in her casket!

As one writer succinctly put it, “In over 60 years, no one has received a call from her yet, not even collect!”

The belief that the dearly departed are somehow able to communicate with those who still have the breath of life, has stubbornly held its ground for millennium. But is it really true? Can the deceased contact the living by postcard, wireless, cell phone, carrier pigeon, express mail, spirit rapping, E.S.P., or any other medium (pun intended)?

The biblical answer is no! On the contrary, the scriptures portray death as a sleep in more than 50 passages. In the Psalms, David alludes to the fact that a person who is dead can neither remember nor praise (6:5). In the 115th Psalm, the writer reiterates that the dead don’t praise the Lord because their world is one of silence. And in the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon reveals that “the dead know nothing…” (9:5)  In other words, they are not aware of what is going on around them.

Unlike the living, those who have passed to their rest are sleeping peacefully and undisturbed in their graves, or urns (whatever the case may be) until Jesus returns with heaven's rewards.

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