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(Acts 5:38-40) 38 And so, under the present circumstances, I say to YOU, Do not meddle with these men, but let them alone; (because, if this scheme or this work is from men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is from God, YOU will not be able to overthrow them otherwise, YOU may perhaps be found fighters actually against God.”
Originally posted by Sparky63
If it is a meaningless & ineffectual ritual, whats the harm?
1 Cor 15:29 "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? "
1 Peter 3:19 "By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;"
In the book of Mormon:
Alma 40:11-12 says: 11 Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.
12 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of cpeace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.
These two verses refer to what is called spirit prision which is what is being referred to in the 1Peter verse.
I see it this way, unless you are will to read the Book of Mormon, you shouldn't judge it. This is a classic case of the saying, 'don't judge a book by it's cover'. It wasn't until I read it that I understood it. At first is just seemed odd, but then I felt it.
Once I read the Doctrine and Coventants, another Mormon book it all fell together a became clear.
But trust me with this, that what they practice is as sound as any Christians belief and practices. They do not take God lightly.
Every single religous group has other books they read from and quote from, they have people of today they hold up high.
But if you really want to learn more listen to the interview I did today and lets go from there.
Here's the links...
The Mormon Interviews-A Pearl of Great Price
Have more questions, just let me know on one of the pod posts...
[edit on 15-7-2008 by Zaimless]