2 Maccabees 12:46 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24909996
It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.
Maccabees is only accepted as inspired by the Catholics and a few other groups.
Whoever wrote it.......put the above statement in.
You cannot however find a command to pray for the dead in any of the other 66 books of the Bible.
The concept therefore stands alone.....in the mind one writer.
I noticed that you quoted Paul above. That is good. He also wrote to fellow believers:
"The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God." (Rm 8: 16)
Christ: "This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day."
Paul to Christians: "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."
"But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
"whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace, we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
Realize before you pass this life, you have no authority
to interpret Scripture. Many Protesant ministers realized
this after seeing a fellow preacher preaching something different down the street. They gave up their livelyhood
and converted to the faith. I am sorry, I hope you realize
soon, when the Great Warning happens.
I thought the line was "where is that in Scripture?" You
need more than one verse? What happened to Scripture
being the inerrant? Oh yeah, you said
that verse was
added to the Old Testament. Here's another disconnect. How was inerrant Scripture compiled by an errant Church?
There are two Old Testament Canons. The Palestinian Jews
feared Christianity and rejected the Septuagint, from which
Our Lord and the Apostles spoke from the most. The Alexandrian Jews kept the Septuagint. Luther used another
excuse to throw out the books he didn't like, he referred
to the Palestinian Jews, following them. The fool.
Let me look, isn't there reference to praying for the dead