The Bible should be read to the dead daily PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 12:07

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Now, it was for this very purpose that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, so that though they were judged in the flesh by human standards, they may live spiritually by God’s standards…” (1 Peter 4:6, the Holy Bible).

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TRADITIONS TO COMMEMORATE ALL SAINTS DAY ARE USELESS: Again, as the day known as “All Saints’ Day” or “Halloween” to some is just around the corner, many custom and tradition and quirky practices are sure to surface ostensibly to commemorate the death of our loved ones. Included here are the offerings of flowres and candles in cemeteries o in other places.

But, did you know that many of these traditions, custom, and practices do not have any basis in the Bible? If they do not have any basis whatsoever in the Bible, is there any benefit that would acrue to our dead loved ones?

The clear answer is, no, there is no benefit that these traditions and practices would ever give, and would in fact be mere waste of time, money, and effort. Because of that, I am proposing that what we should all be doing to commemorate the passsage of our loved ones into eternity are those that are written in the Bible, so that all—the dead and the living alike— would benefit handsomely.

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THE BIBLE SHOULD BE READ TO THE DEAD DAILY: Foremost among what we should be doing, not only when All Saints Day is approaching but everyday of our lives, is to read the Bible to the dead, especially our dead relatives. Yes, we should read the Bible to the dead. That is what is going to give them the assurance that they would be going to heaven, in Paradise with God, after judgment shall have been completed.

Is there any Biblical basis for reading the Bible to the dead? Yes, and there are plenty of them. In this column today, we will dwell on just two of them. The first one is 1 Peter 3, and the second is 1 Peter 4. Based on these two verses, we will realize the great necessity of reading the Bible to the dead.

In 1 Peter 3:18-19, we can see the Lord Jesus Himself preaching the Word, the Bible, to the dead. After He resurrected from the dead, Jesus went to the place where the spirits of dead people are imprisoned. There, He preached to the dead. The objective, we can see this in 1 Peter 4.

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BIBLICAL BASIS FOR READING THE BIBLE TO THE DEAD: In 1 Peter 4:6, it is there stated that the Word was preached to those who are already dead, so that even if they died and were judged according to the flesh on account of their thoughs, words, and actions, they would still have the right of going to heaven in Paradise because their sins could still be forgiven.

By virtue of the commentaries on these two verses in 1 Peter, it is not difficult to comprehend the fact that the reading and preaching of the Bible are aimed at the dead at the time of Jesus, and at those who died after He went back to heaven, ito, upang maipagpatuloy ang pagbabasa ng Bibliya sa mga patay.

Because of this, we should all endeavor at this point, while we still have the capacity to do so, to read the Bible to all the dead in the world, particularly our loved ones. This is the only way to assure them that they would still be going to heaven, no matter what. Too, we should endeavor to teach our own living relatives to read the Bible to the dead, too, so this practice could go on and on.

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