Should we pray for our dead family members to ask for them to be forgiven and hope they too can go to heaven?
What you are referring to here is a practice that has been placed into the Christian faith by outside influences. The practice of praying for the dead is a practice in which Christians should never involve themselves. Hebrews 9:27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. The Catholic Church has for many years taught that when people die they are then placed in purgatory. They can at this point hear the prayers of those who are still alive. We must understand that this practice is not biblical and that it is only while the person is alive that we should intercede for them.
3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God will repay each person according to what they have done.[a] 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;
This along with many other scriptures in the Bible show the importance of praying and ministering to friends and family while they are still alive and can make a choice to follow the Lord.
Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 @ 9:52 AM CDT