1 Corinthians 15:29 NLT "If the dead will not be raised, then what point is there in people being baptized for those who are dead? Why do it unless the dead will someday rise again?"
1 Corinthians 15:29
ESV - 29 Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?
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Paul was making an argument against those who claim that the dead are not resurrected, yet, at the same time, practice baptizing the living on behalf of the dead. This is not an argument to promote baptizing the dead.
I wondered about this verse as well. I've listened to some pastors who simply say they can't explain it but that you can take one verse and build a doctrine on it (like the Mormons have). However, I think the better explanation came from another pastor who explained that the Corinthians were having a hard time believing the resurrection of Christ. See all of the previous verses where Paul was telling them--"I saw HIM! It's true!" Paul was saying in this verse, "Even the pagan religions believe in resurrection and they baptize people to save dead people!" He wasn't endorsing it, simply stating what most religions surrounding the Corinthians believed--that resurrection is universally accepted as the human "hope" that there is something more than this life. He knew it was futile to baptize for the dead or for any other reason than identifying yourself with Christ in His death and His resurrection but he was just trying to hammer home the point that resurrection was not an unbelievable concept as the Corinthians seemed to think.
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