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Salvation After Death

Baptism Of The Dead. Another doctrine peculiar to the Mormon faith is salvation-after-death. By the performing of certain rites and ceremonies, along with baptism of the dead (someone is baptized in proxy for the dead person), the dead can receive the salvation that they refused in life. The faithful Mormon is encouraged to research his or her family tree, take this information to a Mormon temple where the faithful are baptized vicariously in place of the deceased relative. (The Mormon church possesses the largest genealogical research facility in the world, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.)

The faithful Mormon is taught to believe that this ritualistic baptism is capable of elevating their dead to a higher state of being in the after-life, and also that this “temple work” plays an integral part in their own salvation. Not only does the Bible refute such a notion but also the Mormon’s own Book of Mormon.

Alma 34:35 (of the B.O.M.): For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold you have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.

If we are to assume that the Book of Mormon is translated as correctly as professed to be, we can then conclude that Alma 34:35 adequately disproves the theory of salvation after death!

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