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To: colorcountry
Posthumous baptisms by proxy have been a common practice for the Latter-day Saints

Wow. The ultimate re-write of history.

This is just plain bizarre.

Surely if a person wanted to be baptized as an adult, he could have chosen, of his own free will, to do so.

118 posted on 05/03/2008 5:33:52 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("resort not to force until every just law be defied")
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To: the invisib1e hand
Wow. The ultimate re-write of history.

How is hat a re-write of history? Posthumous baptisms, believe in them or not, HAVE been common practice for the Latter-day Saints since 1840.

This is just plain bizarre.

Okay you're in the non-believing category, but still doesn't change that they are and have been common practice for the Latter-day Saints.

Surely if a person wanted to be baptized as an adult, he could have chosen, of his own free will, to do so.

What of my ancestors that were born prior to 1840? I have my family history going back to 1450. That's about 400 years of ancestors that I know of that didn't ever have the chance to be baptized due to chronology of birth. What of those that never had a chance to be baptized or learn about my, or any other church for that matter, due to geography of birth?

Doesn't sound like to me they had any choice at all in the matter.

The LDS believe that even though the baptisms are posthumous the person receiving the baptism still has the choice to accept it or not even after death. If not accepted it changes nothing for them.

122 posted on 05/03/2008 8:05:37 AM PDT by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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