“Though he were dead” – A Controversial Understanding of John 11:25-26

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Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? – John 11:25-26 KJV

Like many other verses in the bible, John 11:25-26 uses certain words in multiple senses. This means that the reader needs to be extra careful when trying to understand such verses in order to avoid ending up with the wrong interpretation. What I am about to say will no doubt shock many readers, but after much study, I strongly believe that John 11:25-26 is referring to the idea that it is possible for (at least some of) the dead to believe the gospel. I am going to demonstrate this discovery by carefully revealing what I believe to be the true meaning of key words in this passage. Specifically, the words “dead” and “die” or “live” and “liveth” are terms to which these verses have ascribed multiple meanings. One of the reasons why I say this is because the usual meaning of the words “die” and “live” seem inadequate to account for the contrast required between verses 25 and 26. It’s as if the word “dead” in verse 25 and “die” in verse 26 refer to two different types of death.

Interestingly enough, the bible does tell us that there are actually two types of death that can happen to a man. Continue reading