Of course you have to consider it seeing his whole philosophy, I mean " God is daeth" it doen't mean that the christian god is dead, but that the Dionisio is forgot by our culture based on Apollineo(chaos and order is the perfect equilibrium before Socrate), and that now Apollo is ready to be killed to restablish the perfect equiolibrium, with this discover only few people can reach the active nihilism that for also very few people can take the born of the Ubermensh.(sorry i was a little quickly in the last part)
How, would you know, if you're "spiritually dead." The Bible says, all men are "spiritually dead" and cann't discern to see the truth nor cann't hear the spiritual things of God. It's like a dead corpses who can not hear nor see. Because, they are dead. Until, God gives you a new heart and a new spirit, only then you know that God is not dead. Christ, illustrated this sample, when He raised "Lazarus" from the dead. "He was a stinking corpse." Until, Christ called him by his name, then, Lazarus was able to See and Hear the Voice of God. Because, God gave him a new heart and new soul. Wherefore, his heart started to pump blood and his Spirit was awaken.
Nothing you say matters if the bible is false and the ONLY thing that says that it is not is the bible itself. Considering the amount of claims on the nature of reality that has been proven wrong; there is a more than likely all of it is NOT any statement of factual knowledge.
I don't know the context that is from in the original source material, but on it's own I'd say someone was trying to say that more and more people are giving up on religion and facing more logical/scientific facts
I'm going out on a limb in the religion board but... How can something you might not believe ever existed be dead? Unless it refers to the context of people becoming less god fearing and more confortable with the idea of not having to believe?
Sorry for your bad experiences. Not all of what we do is rational nor beneficial towards others. But for the most part benefitting the group in turn benefits the self. Major problems occur due to the divisions of race, class, nationality, and religion. When we are really one group humanity.
If I may jump in, you comment somehow reminded me of George Carlin's quote: "I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me - they're cramming for their final exam".
I never thought much about there being a God until I was almost killed after being hit by a car. In fact I did die but was revived. I probably should not have survived but I did, so I now believe there is a higher power. The only thing I remember about the accident, besides the car bearing down on me, was hearing beautiful music and sensing beautiful flowers as well as feeling at peace. The only thing after that was waking up in the hospital after being in a coma for 2 weeks. There was just something about the reality of the music and stuff that makes me believe there is something after death.
The statement itself is meaningless. The context is the important part, which you'll only really know by reading him.
For example, I'd be inclined to answer it literally, that something that never existed cannot be dead, so it is wrong. Someone else might interpret it to mean the role of god in society, and conclude that the common invocation of god and religion in society means that god is not dead dead. Both of us would therefore agree that the quote is wrong, but for wildly different reasons that the fact of our agreement doesn't even begin to indicate. And the chances are that neither of us have anything of value to say on the topic anyway, having not read Nietsche. I'm quite certain that my interpretation is way off of the mark.