In the practice of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a living person, acting as proxy, is baptized by immersion on behalf of a deceased person of the same gender. The baptism ritual is as follows: after calling the living proxy by name, the person performing the baptism says, “Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you for and in behalf of [full name of deceased person], who is dead, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.” The proxy is then immersed briefly in the water. Baptism for the dead is a distinctive ordinance of the church and is based on the belief that baptism is a required ordinance for entry into the Kingdom of God.
Are Mormon's the only ones who do this? How do you view this belief?
Answer by Anonymous at 12:21 AM on Jan. 1, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 7:10 PM on Dec. 31, 2009
Answer by Lexylex at 7:22 PM on Dec. 31, 2009
Answer by Lexylex at 7:23 PM on Dec. 31, 2009
Answer by IhartU at 7:26 PM on Dec. 31, 2009
Answer by Amaranth361 at 7:28 PM on Dec. 31, 2009
It's not at all biblical. It makes no sense and does no good. All that happens is that the proxy person gets wet. Baptism is a conscious choice. Baptising babies or dead people is just useless.
Answer by AngelDawn7 at 7:30 PM on Dec. 31, 2009
Answer by Amaranth361 at 7:32 PM on Dec. 31, 2009
BUT this is where it comes to a fork in the road per say: There are some believers who say you go to the afterlife as soon as you die and there are others who say you are just sleeping until judgement day. Does that 'proxy' baptism hang in the air until they rise from the dead and then decide if they want to use that card or not? It kind of seems unfair. I mean, if you can't make that decision while alive, then why do you get another chance after death?
Answer by IhartU at 7:37 PM on Dec. 31, 2009
Answer by Amaranth361 at 7:44 PM on Dec. 31, 2009