Religion Position Paper

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There are several reasons why I have the religious affiliation that I do. My membership, unlike that of so many, has very little to do with the choices my friends and family have made. My decision was based on reason and personal experiences. While some may say that these things are both easily influenced by parents and peers, in my case I have parents of different faith and therefore have less direct influence from them. When I was very young I was made aware of the need to research religion. The problem with this is that as a child my comprehension and knowledge were both very limited. Still I knew that I needed to figure out what was right for me. The easiest place to start for me was the Bible, since such a large number of…show more content…
One example of this is First James chapter three verses eighteen and nineteen. These verses cover some very deep doctrine which most people choose to discard, but I believe that if it’s in the Bible it’s here for a reason. These verses read,” For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;” In this verse they answer a very important question, what happens to those who never have a chance to know and accept God into their lives. In this verse it explains to us that after death Christ went a preached to others which were dead. This gives them the opportunity to know of Him, and to either accepted or reject Him just as we have chosen. Now if we take this information and add it to another often discarded scripture we find something even more interesting. First Corinthians chapter fifteen verse twenty nine reads,” 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? “Here we learn that the Corinthians were doing some sort of baptisms for the dead. What this means is that those who learn of God after death not only have the opportunity to learn of him, but also to have the sacred ordinances which are necessary for salvation preformed on their behalf. Now away from all of the factual evidence I would have
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