Burying the Living

by Jonathan Perz

Do you believe in a doctrine that endorses burying the living?

Baptism is likened unto a burial (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12). Now, if we are saved (i.e., made alive - Colossians 2:13; Ephesians 2:1, 5) before baptism, then aren't we actually burying the living when we are baptized because we have already been saved (as so many are arguing)?

Seems to me Paul's words, though speaking of our final resurrection, have application to our being made a "new creation" (cf. II Corinthians 5:17). He said, "Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive until it dies" (I Corinthains 15:36). We don't bury the living. We bury the dead!