Someone asked "how can we serve a dead saint" and CatholicConvert said: Everyone who is dead is dead in a sense and alive in another, regardless. Abraham is alive as Jesus said, and therefore God is a God of the living, but in another sense, Abraham is dead. IN FACT in the very words of Christ, this paradox is manifest: Luke 20:37-38 "Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him." What was Jesus saying? He was saying that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and even Moses are all dead to us but alive to God. They are dead to us because we can't contact them (not without sinning anyway Deu 18:10-13) and we can't bring them back from the dead; to God, however, who can not only bring them back from the dead but can also raise up children to those dead men from stone (!) and who calleth those things which be not as though they were - to Him, these dead men are very alive! (Mat 3:9, Rom 4:17) But if anyone will persist in the error that there are no "dead in Christ," let them explain how "the dead in Christ shall rise first!" (1 Th 4:16) So, correctly understood, Luke 20:37-38 is saying that God is a God of the living not of the dead - not because there are no dead, but because He will resurrect the dead and thus make them living. This, then very much corresponds to 1 Thes 4:16 "the dead in Christ shall rise first!"