Baptism of the Dead

She said online, “I’ll get with the women at the ward to baptize great-grandma and anyone else.” 

This was after mom mentioned wanting to get into genealogy again and reconstruct or finish our history. Mom knows how I feel about this; or maybe she doesn’t?

It’s not like we sit around the table talking about my antagonistic feelings toward their religion. But what is Baptism for the Dead?

It’s based on 1 Corinthians 15:29, an obscure verse. I would read Matthew Henry’s Commentary to understand the history of the obscure verse and understand the whole chapter which is not obscure. One most notable observation,

But whether this be the meaning, or whatever else be, doubtless the apostle’s argument was good and intelligible to the Corinthians. And his next is as plain to us.

IV. He argues from the absurdity of his own conduct and that of other Christians upon this supposition,

The whole Bible is connected to each other. So, when you read one verse, you need to understand it is not going to contradict the other verses on Salvation.

The LDS church says, “Rather, we are driven by our doctrine that teaches that marriage and families can continue beyond this life. But this can only happen when families are sealed together in one of the Lord’s holy temples around the world and united for all eternity.” Notably, in the next paragraph it says, “That’s fine for all of us today who have the chance to be sealed in a temple, but what about our ancestors who die without the opportunity to receive ordinances like baptism, or the blessings of being an eternal family? Does it make sense that God would simply say, “Too bad, tough luck?” Of course it doesn’t.”

Genealogy has an agenda. It’s required to baptize the dead as a member. Let’s touch upon what the Bible says about hell and heaven (click on links).

It’s important to understand how to study the Bible, especially as the LDS church use the Bible and other books to create their non-Christian religion. R.C. Sproul, a theologian, says, “As Christians, we are all called to master the most important tool of the Christian life—the Bible. (click here)”

If you have any doubt whether the LDS religion believes in the same Jesus as Christians do,

“In bearing testimony of Jesus Christ, President Hinckley spoke of those outside the Church who say Latter-day Saints ‘do not believe in the traditional Christ.’ ‘No, I don’t. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak. For the Christ of whom I speak has been revealed in this the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. He together with His Father, appeared to the boy Joseph Smith in the year 1820, and when Joseph left the grove that day, he knew more of the nature of God than all the learned ministers of the gospel of the ages.'” (LDS Church News Week ending June 20, 1998, p. 7).

LDS believe baptism is necessary for Salvation along with other “ordinances.” They believe people get a second chance after death to make a decision. When people perform the baptisms for the dead, it was interesting to read that the process involves your own baptism.

Thankfully, I never participated in a Baptism for the Dead as a Mormon. I got out before I got deep. So the procedure on how to do this was a mystery (and don’t we all love mysteries!). Here’s some good resources for you to learn from, and they come from all different sources:

  1. Baptisms for the Dead (LDS)
  2. What Other LDS Say About Baptisms For The Dead
  3. What is Mormonism?
  4. Why Study the Bible
  5. The Bible

Politely, I excused myself from being involved. Mom is probably still pouting, but we didn’t exchange angry words.

Have you ever been baptized for the dead? Talk about your experiences through email or social media. I promise…no judgement; but don’t expect me to agree with you. :o) 

I prefer private conversation. You are more than welcome to email me in lieu of a comment or contact me via social media.

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