Question:  Please comment on 1 Corinthians 15:29.  Can you be baptized for the dead?

Answer:  1 Corinthians 15:29 reads “Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?”  Paul is addressing two ridiculous notions:  First, the Corinthians were doubting the resurrection.  Second, being baptized for the dead.”  So Paul is in effect saying, “How ridiculous would it be to be baptized for the dead, when you don’t even believe in the resurrection!”  Both are ridiculous notions.

Therefore, Paul is not encouraging baptism for the dead.  He’s simply pointing out two equally ridiculously held beliefs by the Corinthians.