I've asked on here before about the whole posthumous baptisms and all that.
But I'd like to ask again in a slightly different way. Before I was curious about how you don't view that as being beyond presumptuous as well as insulting/offensive to the dead. And the response was this act was viewed as the gift of an opportunity they may not have previously had; and they were free upon Judgement to deny it if they really wished to.
But now I'm curious about the actual Why. I mean if "Judgement Day" is a thousand year period of time in which those who survive Armageddon and the Resurrected have to decide if they really want to accept Christ and the Christian God...then why do LDS feel this is even necessary in the first place??
Answer by TikiWiki33 at 7:41 AM on Apr. 21, 2011
Now, accounting for every person who has ever lived on the earth is an impossible task at present. Written genealogical records account for a small percentage of humanity. During Christ's thousand-year reign (aka, the Millennium) the genealogies of every person will be made known, and baptisms and other proxy work will be done for everyone that had previously been missed. So why don't LDS just stop doing baptisms now, if it will be relatively easy to do it later, during the Millennium? Well, firstly, we feel we've been commanded by God to start the process now. Secondly, there are some benefits that baptism will bring now to those who have already passed away (although the greatest benefits/blessings will come after the final judgment.) Thirdly, the living, those who are performing the baptisms, etc., also receive blessings by serving their fellow men and women in this way.
Answer by TikiWiki33 at 8:05 AM on Apr. 21, 2011
Answer by Obi.Ren.Kenobi at 10:43 AM on Apr. 21, 2011
Answer by TikiWiki33 at 5:17 PM on Apr. 21, 2011