|1 Corinthians 15:29 |
29 Else what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?2
2 This is one of the strangest statements in the Bible. Since if flies in the face of Christian doctrine, the only explanation is that Paul is saying this: since even the pagan Greeks believe in a resurrection, by baptizing for the dead, why don't you believe in the resurrection? Just north of Corinth, (the church he was addressing), was a city named Eleusis. This was the location of a famous pagan religion where baptism in the sea was practiced to guarantee a good afterlife. This religion was even mentioned by Homer in Hymn to Demeter. The Corinthians were known to be heavily influenced by other customs. So Paul is citing the widespread belief of the Greek culture to support the belief in the resurrection.
Interpreting this scripture literally, the Mormons baptize people for the dead in their temple, which is a great source of revenue to their sect, (follow the money); this accounts for their research into their ancestors, thinking they can save them from Hell by being baptized into the Mormon sect after they are dead, by them standing in their place as their surrogates. They ignore the words of Jesus: For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Mat 16:27. And they ignore John in Revelation: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works, Rev 20:12-13. The fire will try and test every man's work, of what sort it is. 1 Cor 3:13. Everyone who is not purified on Earth enters Hell, regardless of religious profession. There is no act by the living that can influence the judgment of the dead. George Fox has said, do not pray for the dead; they have had their time when prayer could help them. And sacrifices for the dead are forbidden by scripture. Psalm 106:28-29 — They joined themselves also to Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions. Mormons, paying their sect a fee, and being baptized in water for their dead relatives, is clearly a sacrifice for the dead.