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8/01/2006

DO DEAD MEN WALK?

Tonight at ikon Brian tackles what one theologian calls the most difficult passage in all of the New Testament. Difficult because it seems to be endorsing a practice few if any Christians in the West practice: baptism for the dead. Check this out and come tonight to hear Brian's much sweated over interpretation:

(1 CORINTHIANS 15:29-44)
29Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31I die every day—I mean that, brothers—just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,
"Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die." 33Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." 34Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

35But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?" 36How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
42So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.


ALSO: TONIGHT AT IKON WE'LL HAVE AN IMPORTANT DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT'S NEXT FOR IKON!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Naomi said...

So what did he come up with regarding that throw-away little line in 1 Cor 15:29?

8/07/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

There are several possible translations. I'll ask brian to write something about it instead of trying to paraphrase his entire well-thought out talk on it all.

8/07/2006  

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