the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged
sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints
and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the
Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)
There are two basic conditions a person could be in, dead or alive. That may sound strange, but it is a fact that a person is either dead or alive, you cannot be both at the same time. Someone may be in a coma or a serious physical condition because of a medical issue, but that person is still alive. Someone is considered dead who has stopped breathing, their heart has stopped beating, and there is no more brain function. No one could be seen as being both alive and dead, it is one or the other.
One advantage that Christians have over other religious beliefs is that we have the Word of God available to us. Some religions follow the teachings of some great leader, and some groups have things that they say come from their god, but it is different for those who believe in God the Father and Jesus Christ, or at least it should be. Christians talk about the Bible as having come from God, but unfortunately the Bible is not the final authority for many and it is not a living reality in their lives.
We either take the Bible as the living Word of God or not, the Bible either came from the Creator of the universe or it did not. If the Bible is not alive to us, if we do not acknowledge the Bible as God's Word, then what is it and why pay attention to it? As Hebrews 4:12 tells us, God's Word is alive! The Bible is God's Word, not some dead book of historical facts and stories that are nice to hear. We need to take God's Word for what it is, realize it has extreme importance for our lives today, and do all we can to learn and understand it