Seven wrote:(Going with the New Testament and LDS doctrine that baptism is required of all, even of Jesus)
I understand the symbolism and benefits of performing ordinances. Making covenants with God helps to keep us on the right path and teaches us God's ways. What I would like your opinions of, is WHY ordinances like baptism, and temple ordinances are REQUIRED for every person that has ever lived. This has never made sense to me. I think the LDS teaching and doctrine of baptism for the dead is beautiful and in line with a loving Heavenly Father who offers salvation for all his children. I think it's a wonderful way for us to connect with our ancestors and renew our own covenants.
But .....WHY is the physical act of having a proxy baptism/sealing etc. so necessary to salvation in the Celestial Kingdom?
I appreciate your thoughts on this. : )
People are not born into this world into the family of God, they are born under the name of Adam, Adam having been given dominion over all things in this world, that is why when Adam fell, all of creation fell with him. Adam had placed a name on all things in the world, includeing Eve, and therefore all things fell with him. As decendants of Adam, we enter this fallen world in the fallen condition, and the effects of death are upon us, both temporally and eventually spiritually as we reach the age of accountability.
To receive the blessings of Heaven, man must leave the family of Adam and become adopted into the family of God. To do so man must subscribe to the articles of adoption, or rather, the first principles and ordinances of the gospel.
"Faith, repentance, baptism and the laying on of hands," wrote Elder Orson Pratt, "are the four rules of adoption. Remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, are the two blessings of adoption which are inseperably connected with obedience to the rules. Both the rules and the blessings of adoption are the same in all ages and dispensations of the gospel. No man or woman ever entered into the church or kingdom of God on this earth, and became a legal citizen thereof, without complying strictly with these rules. Indeed, it is the only door or entrance into the kingdom." ("The Kingdom of God," in Orson Pratt's Works p.48.)
Ordinances cannot be performed by spirits, and must therefore be done either in the body or by proxy. This work will be the great work of the Millinium as the work is done for those countless souls who did not have the oportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, taught in its fulness, in this life. All will be given the opportunity to overcome the world and its enticing way of sin. If the name of Christ is not taken then they will not be permitted to enter the Holy City and enjoy the benefits of association and participation with the Holy Family.
"Family members bear the family name," Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained.
"By it they are known and called and identified; it sets them apart from all those of a different lineage and ancestry. Adopted children take upon themselves the name of their newfound parents and become in all respects as though they had been born in the family. And so it is that the children of Christ, those who are born again, those who are spiritually begoten by their new Father, take upon themselves the name of Christ. By it they are known; in it they are called; it identifies and sets them apart from all others. They are now family members, Christians in the real and true sence of the word.
Do they themselves become Christs? Not in the sense that they are called upon to atone for the sins of others and make immortality and eternal life available for themselves or their fellowmen on this or any world. But they do carry his name and are obligated to bear it in decency and dignity." (The Promised Messiah p. 363)
The same mode of adoption that we subscibe to in this life is the same mode that must be subscribed to in the world of the spirits. The Articles of Adoption do not change.