I Cor 15:29

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  1. Berean

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    What is your interpretation of this passage of scripture? Is it a false custom being practiced by believers or what is your view?
     
  2. Tom Bryant

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    I don't know of any baptists being baptized for the dead.

    I am not certain of all that it means, but since Baptism has no saving efficacy, it certainly doesn't mean the dead or the living get saved because a living person is baptized in their place.
     
  3. HankD

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    The key is the word huper translated "for".
    In this case better "on behalf of"

    Literally then it asks the question why are you baptizing on behalf of a dead one (Jesus) if the dead don't rise?

    "The dead" is a collective noun.

    In other words:
    If Jesus is among the dead why are you baptizing living people in His name?

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  4. Dr. Bob

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    Took a course call "Doctrines of Baptism" in seminary. This was a good passage to put together doctrine and Greek to understand phrasing that is not clear in ANY English translation!

    Of couse in Mormon country it is a stallwart doctrine - pay $$ to church to be baptized into the LDS eternal church for dead ancestors. This is what happens when doctrine is built on faulty understanding of both history and grammar!

    This is talking about the resurrection. To young immature Christians in Corinth who seemed to have messed up pretty much everything! Baptism was the initiatory rite of entrance into the church (they could not see the soul, but the inward change was marked by the outward immersion). As people died off, there were a ton of questions Paul had to answer concerning the resurrection, eternal life, etc.

    Here he simply states that if there is no heaven/no eternal life, etc, why are new converts being baptized to replace the numbers of those martyred or dying? The word "for" has so many meanings that to try to make it mean "of benefit to the dead" (Mormon) is ridiculous.
     

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