I think my head is gonna explode.
Ha ha, yes. But this is an extremely useful thread. I mean, which better subject to start with, when discussing with a JW (this issue also goes to the core of the 144K-thing, the two classes, "great crowd", eternal life on earth, etc). You can discuss the trinity up and down forever with a JW (or anyone else) without getting anywhere. But on this issue, you can actually get somewhere (if you have the extreme patience and masochistic tendencies that would make you wanna have a Bible-discussion with a JW, that is...).
Jesus was actually lampooning the Sadducees right to their faces in Luke 20:38 by telling them, "He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to Him".
Actually, I`m not sure about this one. On the one hand, yes, Jesus is definitely a believer in the survival of the "soul" (or the "something") that survives the body at death. But I`m not so sure that this is the point in this passage, because of the expression "for all live to him". Isn`t that a way of saying "well, they live to god, even though they`re dead, because everything is possible to God" (as in...living in his "memory" - awaiting the ressurection, and that it is the future ressurection which is what Jesus wants to highlight in this passage)? Could it be that the JWs are right in (what would be) their explanation on this passage?
Thanks for your explanation on Matthew 10, Narkissos.