Do you really baptize corpses?
I have participated in performing baptisms for the dead a few points about it that I don't understand or trust, either. Here'are the highlights of my issues:
1) Why physical baptism?
I understand that baptism is symbolic of rebirth and I can certainly see why people who have chosen to follow Christ are baptized-metaphorically reborn--as members of His church. That makes sense. What I don't get is why people who are dead, spirits, would be REQUIRED to have the same physical rebirth. Since they would have accepted Christ in the after-life, then shouldn't there be a different symbolic (or even a spiritual version of the same) gesture for them?
2) Why baptize people when they may not want it?
If someone is baptized and they don't accept Christ in the afterlife, then what's the point? It's a huge waste of time and energy. Shouldn't there be some sort of revelation about who wants it in the afterlife and who doesn't?
3) What about people of whom there is no written record?
I'm sure that the immigration records for Ellis Island and the US Census from 1880 are very useful for finding some people who didn't get baptized in this life, but there are no records for the majority of people who have ever lived. There aren't even written records for everyone who is living now! Countries in southeast Asia and the Pacific islands didn't even have a written language until recently. There is just no possible way to know the names of every person over the age of 8 for all time. That's just unfair.
Okay, so I don't have the same misunderstandings that some people do about baptisms for the dead (as in "Do they really baptize corpses?") but like I said... there's things that I don't get either. These are questions that never recieved satisfactory answers while I was an active member and they still bug me.