Most certainly, all generations till the advent of Protestantism in
the sixteenth Century believed the necessity of praying for the dead.
Parents of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Grebel and all such leaders had
indisputably believed and prayed for the dead ancestors. It was
totally unnecessary and unwarranted to teach extra ordinary dogmas
quoting, more often than not, the Bible out of context with
vindictive, ulterior and egoist motive. For instance, there was
widespread speculation that Luther broke away from the Pope, because
he wanted to marry. The first thing he did after break up with the
Pope was to marry a nun. Secondly, he was reluctant to confess his
sins. To evade confession he brought up the `justification by faith
alone' theory through free interpretation of the Bible. So not
praying for the dead is the new invention of the Protestantism. Is it
that all those who lived from Adam until the time of Protestants
prayed for the dead in vain?
One cannot but admit that such doubts are implanted by
heretical teachings of the Protestants. They confuse the believers.
They easily subdue the unprepared believers by insisting direct
answers. Several reasons lead to the situation. Of late, some
faithful envisage a tendency to compromise with all sorts of
teachings without judiciously evaluating their merits. Those who are
neither erudite nor steadfast in faith hold an utterly wrong view
that since all those who speak from the Bible are right and
acceptable. They are untaught, unconcerned and unaware what is right
and wrong. They teach contrary to the teachings of the Church. Their
easy weapon is to confront the faithful, "Where is it written in the
Bible to pray for the dead?" "Where is in the Bible to seek the
intercession of the saint?" "Is infant baptism Biblical?" etc.
Unprepared faithful fumble without answer. False teachers exploit the
ignorance of the faithful and infuse false doctrines. Commandments,
instructions and messages in the Bible should be evaluated understood
and permeated not based on fragmentation, but based on the totality
of the Bible.
Contd... Part 4