Clay, as the Bereans did, we are told to compare scripture with scripture: verse by verse: line by line.
When we do this, a pattern appears. We discern the meaning by comparison.
You on the other hand have just a catechism which has changed many many times.
Just proves that you are not in any way in a church endorsed by God.
Who's scripture do you use for that?
Who's interpretations do you use?
I have 73 Books in my Bible and you only have 66.
Looks like I have more of Gods word to beat you over the head with.
"For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would be foolish to pray for the dead. But if he was looking to the splendid reward that is laid up for those who fall asleep in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Therefore he made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin"
2maccabees 12: 44-46
Not scripture you say. Says who? What authority determines this?