you have to read the whole paragraphs to see what is going on. It's all in the context. In this first one, he is making a point that Abraham, Issac,
and Jacob are not "dead" in the sense of the "gone forever, forgotten" is the way I read it (you read it and be the judge), different context than
the second which death is referenced as a state of being (not walking around on earth anymore, done with this life).
Discussion about Resurrection
18Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question:
19“Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will
carry on the brother’s name.d 20Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children. 21So the second
brother married the widow, but he also died without children. Then the third brother married her. 22This continued with all seven of them, and still
there were no children. Last of all, the woman also died. 23So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to
24Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God. 25For when the dead rise, they will
neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven.
26“But now, as to whether the dead will be raised—haven’t you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush?
Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses,e ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’f 27So he is
the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error.”
2nd story example
The Danger of Criticism
1Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. 2For instance, one person believes
it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. 3Those who feel free to eat anything must
not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. 4Who are you to
condemn someone else’s servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his
5In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that
whichever day you choose is acceptable. 6Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor
the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.
7For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. 8If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we
live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.
10So why do you condemn another believera? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
11For the Scriptures say,
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bend to me,
and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.b’”
12Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. 13So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not
cause another believer to stumble and fall.
14I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong,
then for that person it is wrong. 15And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your
eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. 16Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good. 17For the Kingdom of God is not a
matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18If you serve Christ with this attitude, you
will please God, and others will approve of you, too. 19So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.
20Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another
person stumble. 21It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble. 22You may believe
there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something
they have decided is right. 23But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you
are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning
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