Recently I attended a bible study held by the local Church of God Seventh Day who teach a doctrine called Soul Sleep. They teach that when a person dies they have no conciousness after death until Jesus Christ brings down the New Jerusalem from Heaven where everyones earthly body will be restored and issued with a judgement. I brought up Luke 23:43 Where Jesus says to the thief on the cross who asks to be remembered, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." First I was told the bible should not have any "commas" in it and that it should have been translated with a "comma" after today so it would read "I tell you the truth today, you will be with me in paradise" I am not comfortable with this explanation and even less comfortable with the "Soul Sleep" doctrine. Any suggestions on responding to this?