Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Baptism for the Dead

1 Cor. 15:29
29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?

A friend brought to my attention an article that was published in a Belfast, Ireland newspaper regarding our church's practice of baptism for the dead. Evidently, some religions disapprove of our practice of baptizing, by proxy, our deceased ancestors who may have previously been baptized in another religion. Here is the link to the article, which is titled, "Eamonn McCann: What if Mormons are right and Catholics and Protestants wrong?"

I think the author of this article made some very good points. One point that he didn't make, that I would like to emphasize, is that we have free agency, even in the hereafter. Even though we may do baptisms for our ancestors who have passed before us, they still have the freedom to accept or reject that ordinance.

I will discuss this practice in a future post when I explain our views about our post-mortal life.

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