The doctrine of “soul sleep” teaches that the state of a soul after and during death or “sleep” as Jesus spoke of it in John 11:11 when He said,”Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” is that the soul is completely inert. The soul in the state of being dead is unaware of the affairs of men on earth. Solomon was inspired by the Spirit of God to pen these words about the state of a soul in death when he wrote, “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.” in Ecclesiastes 9:5.
Not only does this teaching show the beauty of the character of God, it also protects a person from being deceived by Satan or the other fallen angels.
“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.” Ecclesiastes 9:5
First, lets consider the common belief that when a person dies their soul enters a state of existence in which there could be some level of awareness. If this were true it would mean that a soul experiences some kind of existence after death. At this point, different people and religions would suggest different levels of awareness. At this point we would then have to suggest that the experience of the soul is either good or bad. There is a general sense in humanity for justice, that the people that do good are rewarded and the people that do bad are punished or experience some sense of loss.