Should a Christian be cremated?

Dana - posted on 04/30/2010 ( 103 moms have responded )

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I have heard many different takes on this particular issue. I am still not sure about it, any thoughts and/or Bible references would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Teresa - posted on 05/02/2010

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Much of the way we bury our dead has little to do with God and more to do with culture. There are NO biblical references that specifically deal with how to bury the dead (the comments made about Sarah, etc. are merely a chronicle of what Abraham did, not what God commanded Abraham to do.) Whether we are buried or cremated, in the end, our remains are the same. God cares about how we LIVE, not how we are buried. We will have new bodies in the resurrection. I say, if your family is okay with your decision, then you should be too. PLEASE don't let religiosity dictate your decisions. Bathe it in prayer, and proceed from there.

Teresa - posted on 05/04/2010

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I promise that this is my last post! I normally never post anything, but I felt that there was so much misinformation given that I just had to share. First of all, there is no Biblical mandate directing us how to bury believers. If you've prayed, and your family supports you, then be at peace with that. Secondly, I'd like to expound on the religion vs. culture argument. There have been a lot of comments about pagan cultures -- but, remember that all cultures were pagan before the spread of Christianity. Even the Israelites and the early church blended beliefs, which is why God called men like Moses and Paul to lead his people into truth -- it's why we have the Ten Commandments. Many pagan cultures burned their dead not because of their religion (even though they probably attached religious significance to it), but because of practicality. In northern cultures such as the Vikings or Danes, the ground was too frozen for most of the year to bury their dead. They also were marauding warriors, and it was disrespectful to bury those killed in battle on a foreign shore. But they didn't want to sail a ship full of decomposing bodies back home. This is why cremation became a mode of burial for them. Other river cultures who are exposed to a rainy and dry season also cremated their dead because of yearly flooding. They didn't want decomposing bodies popping up out of the ground when the river swelled (cultures like those in India.) It was all based on practicality. It sounds like many people in this post want to be cremated for practical purposes -- not unlike the many thousands of people who have come and gone before us. I hope these historical facts, coupled with the Biblical facts that I've shared earlier, have been helpful in your decision-making process. Thanks for letting me share a little bit more.

Teresa - posted on 05/03/2010

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I'd like to clarify the "our bodies are a temple" argument. In the OT, the Spirit of the Lord dwelt in the temple, which originally was a movable tent until Solomon completed the actual temple building (after Israel had become a stable nation with land, not a migrant community ). Originally, only the high priests could access the Holy of Holies, which is where the Spirit of the Lord resided. The Israelites would come to the temple for festivals and to offer yearly sacrifices, but the average citizen still could not access God directly. After Christ (the NT), there was no need for a physical temple. The Holy Spirit descended upon believers and dwelled in their bodies, where He lived with them continually, and still does (which is what Jesus meant when He promised -- "I will be with you always.") We don't have to make a trek to a building to experience God through another human representative. The temple now is our bodies -- God dwells there, and we have direct communion with God because of that. There is nothing glorious about our bodies except for the fact that the Holy Spirit dwells inside. Once we are dead, OUR spirit doesn't even reside in our bodies, much less God's Spirit. Don't fall into the trap of glorifying decaying flesh -- this is not our home; we are wanderers in a foreign land. When we accept Christ, we are crucified with him -- that includes our bodies. We leave all things behind to live eternally with Him, so whether your body resides in a grave or in an urn is irrelevant (in fact, the phrase traditionally used at burials was "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.") There is no difference.

Rebekah - posted on 05/01/2010

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I'm not going to give my thoughts on this subject, but here are Scriptures for you to read and then pray and ask God what He believes to be true:



Genesis 2:19

"...dust thou art and dust thou shall become" - hence the word DUST, not ashes



1 Corinthians 15

This chapter the Apostle Paul talks about the burial of a Christian and compares it to be a seed being sown.



Genesis 24

An entire chapter dedicated to Sarah, Abraham's loving wife and the details of her burial.



Then turn to Daniel 7:11 (this verse actually tells how the AntiChrist will be treated for burial - cremation).



Revelation 20:13-15

Death to unbelievers, those not written in the Book of Life, will be cast into a lake of fire.



I really believe the Bible is clear on this issue, but I truly believe you need to seek the answer out through prayer and searching in God's Word.



One other you might want to do, research out cremation, you will find this a practice that began in "pagan" cultures. Even the Egyptians didn't believe in cremation, if they did we'd never know about mummies or the history of their kings, etc.

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I look at Christ saying, "Let the dead bury their own dead." And the angel who appeared at the tomb asking the women, "Why do you look for the living among the dead." And I take from these that God is not really concerned about what happens to our bodies after we die but He is concerned with the soul.

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Laurie - posted on 05/12/2010

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Just to add, I am being cremated when I die. I don't want my son having to spend a fortune on a coffin, which is something that only gets one use. How silly to even bring up such a question, Christian or not! And I AM a Christian, by the way!

Laurie - posted on 05/12/2010

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Our human bodies were made for us to live on this earth in. I don't believe God cares what happens to them after our soul departs from them. God cares about our SOULS! Christ mentions many times in the new testament about saving our SOULS not our human bodies.

Margie - posted on 05/12/2010

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No one's been able to prove to me that the Bible says we shouldn't be cremated, therefore, I don't see why not. I already have my final wishes in writing and one clause states that I wish to be cremated.

Iweta - posted on 05/12/2010

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Sure, don't you remember the first christian eaten by lion, bitten to death , all Christians burn in hell of Auschwitz in Concentration Camp and hundreds others? First they were gas, and then burn..Where are they ?

Keelin - posted on 05/12/2010

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Well, I just lost both my parents & we didn't have much of a choice but to have them cremated. We didn't have the money for a burial.I don't think God would mind, as even if you do a burial service, the body is going to rott eventually. Dust or ashes isn't what matters. Your soul is what matters. And as long as that is safe in the Lord's hands, that is what we need to be concerned about.

Tia - posted on 05/12/2010

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Your body is flesh which is sin. Your soul is what goes to heaven not your body. So it doesn't matter what happens to your body after you die. When Jesus returns in the end times we will get our reserected bodies not the fleshly bodies we have now so I believe that what you have done with your body when you die is whatever you prefer.

Amy - posted on 05/12/2010

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@ Teresa Nelson May 4, 3:20--said it perfectly!!!!! i have always wanted to be cremated. i'll add that no one is perfect. there was only one on earth, Jesus. i loved reading everyone's thoughts, for the most part. :)

Carrie - posted on 05/12/2010

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I have heard of a preacher with a great answer to this. He said that the Almighty was powerful enough to make the universe and everything in it. So when its time to come back and get you he is powerful enough to raise you back from ashes. By the way I work at a funeral home and crematoriam. It very common practice. Alot more so than I would have thought.I respect their decision, but I don't want to be cremated.

Marion - posted on 05/12/2010

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Hi I can understand why you have formed the opinion you did, but I would like to add this, yes our bodies are the temples of God, but it is because it conveys the breath of God that is in us, the body itself is not what God is interested in, otherwise why would
He allow people to be maimed and mauled in accidents etc. Look at the Christians in the Reformation periods, they were burned on stakes, covered with tar, and set alight, and torn to pieces by lions. I don't think the way you die (or getting laid to rest) is of any significance to God. Its where you going when the rapture comes, that is the most important thing!

Yvonne - posted on 05/12/2010

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We are being creamated too, you have excepted HIM as your saviour and you are going to be in glory with HIM forever. It isnt a sin or wrong to be cremated

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Oh Teresa - You go girl!! I for one read your original post, not a thing off about it. In fact, one of the BEST and concise points made! 100% agree. Calyn, maybe you need to practice what you preach?

Kyndl - posted on 05/11/2010

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I dont know the answer to your question ! It is a good one though ! I had my dad cremated it was his wishes. I sprinkled his ashes over my grandparents grave. They are together in heaven now. We are a Christian family. I gotta tell you tho, about a week after it was all over, memorial service was over and all...I had an uncontrollable sick, remorseful, guilt ridden thought grip me !! "Oh my God ! What have I done??? I had my dad incinerated !!" I wept bitterly and tried to remind myself that it was dads choice, it was all in writing...his wishes were carried out. Please be made aware there are those feelings afterwards possibly for your kids. But I do not believe it is against Gods will to be cremated. Maybe Im wrong !

Tomesa - posted on 05/11/2010

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i personally will follow the Biblical ways and have a burial...cremation isn't for us.

Teresa - posted on 05/11/2010

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Calyn,



While I (sort of) appreciate your words, you obviously don't have very young children underfoot. I have four. Everything I type has to be direct and to the point -- I have no time to sit and craft a long and carefully edited post. I also homeschool, so there is never a quiet moment in my home. In fact, I'm typing this in between a T-ball game and a softball game, while I run back and forth to watch all of my kids play since their dad is away this week. Frankly, you don't know me -- although you seem to think you do. Do you know how old I am? Probably older than you! I'm old enough to realize that you can't communicate everything in a post, and that the main problem with electronic communication is that tone has to be inferred by the reader. I am not seeking an audience. I don't want a podium. I'm not frustrated because some people have "less knowledge" than me. The only thing that bothers me is your criticism of me. Please stay on topic, and leave your misjudgments of me out of this thread.

Calyn - posted on 05/11/2010

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Teresa,

Do not take offense where none is intended. You remind me so much of myself that I was hopeful to share some insight that I wish I had 20 years ago when I first began doing missionary work. I loved (and still do) the gospel so much that I studied it fervently and took every opportunity to share it with those around me. I volunteered to do missionary work in a non Christian country and savored every minute of it. I was on fire, excited about the message and constantly seeking opportunity to enlighten someone about some Christian principle they had yet to learn. There were even many Christians who were young in the gospel that provided opportunities for doctrinal conversations. You just seem to reflect that part of my life so brightly. But all was not perfect. In all my excitement, I was blind to the fact that I was often over bearing. I'd meet someone that would ask my belief on a topic and I'd be so excited to share the truth that I failed to realize how insensitive my answers could be to them and their beliefs. I spoke straight forward, with lots of knowledge. I was direct and to the point. Everything that I said was true and insightful, still many people were turned off to the gospel because of how I answered their questions. I often dismissed beliefs they held dear and instead of inviting them to find truth for themselves, I told them what was right, provided documentation and fully expected them to be converted. But it didn't happen that way. It took me a long time to realize that the most valuable message in the world must be delivered delicately, without dismissing the opinions or beliefs that others hold dear. Prior to that realization, my frustrations with people who had less knowledge than me only led me to dig in deeper and often ended in lively debate or Bible bashing. I justified my answers with the response "they sure struck a nerve." I just couldn't contain myself. In retrospect, I can see that the Spirit was never present at those moments. So while my intentions were ever so pure and my desires were ever so righteous, still, my excitement and impatience became a stumbling block to those that might have heard me had I shown more tolerance of their beliefs. Teresa, you're obviously a wonderful instrument for good played beautifully by Him who created us all. You have a magic in you. Just be softer. That's all I'm suggesting. Make it so that everyone wants to hear Him because of how lovely your words are. Then your audience will increase beyond measure.

Carolyn - posted on 05/11/2010

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whoa...you totally misunderstood my post. I'm not getting in anyone's face about this; sorry you took it that way. I would never intentionally provide a stumbling block for someone...and I certainly was not attacking you, or anyone else who has posted here, persoanlly. My aplogies if it came across that way.

Teresa - posted on 05/11/2010

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Calyn,



I am sorry that you interpreted my words in the manner that you did. I don't believe I have said anything in anger. Ten people have flagged my posts as helpful, and eleven have flagged them as encouraging. I think that speaks for itself. And, although I agree with much of what you said, I don't believe you needed to include any personal thoughts on my character or intentions in your post. That was unncecessary and off-topic. Because this is a Christian mommies forum, I operate under the assumption that most people posting are believers. My intent was never to "'convert" anyone -- only include Biblical support for or against cremation. Thank you, though, for sharing helpful information concerning cremation vs. burial. Your post was insightful.

Carolyn - posted on 05/11/2010

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Cremation is a sensitive subject for a lot of people. I still think that if we truly believe God has the power to resurrect us, then He has the power to resurrect us from ashes that are scattered to the winds...or the sea floor...or in an earthquake....or flood...or...well, you get the idea. To me, it's a personal choice,and I just don't think it will affect our resurrection one way or the other.

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Oh and one more thing... what about ppl who die in war or out at sea where their bodies cant be physically placed in a grave!! Do you really think this has any affect on our eternal life or anyone elses here on earth? Im sorry, some of the responses to this question have seriously hit a nerve with me. Some of the responses are why us Christians are often thought to have a bad name for ourselves.

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I think some people might be taking all of what they traditionally did in the bible a bit too literally... Bones in the ground, could simply be symbolising or referring to "Death" or being "Dead", seriously, I dont think God would want us to be focusing on something so trivial. For those of you who are saying we shouldnt burn our temples as it is disrespectful!!! For crying out loud, do you eat junk food?? Do you smoke?? Have you ever been sunburnt because you are too lazy to wear sunscreen?? Do you have your ears pierced?? If you are going to take a stand about treating your body as the temple, then you had better start eating organically, and have complete respect for your body whilst living too... so religious and hypocritical... this conversation to me just looks like a nice little trivial web that satan can put in our way to keep us focused on something other than peoples hearts and reaching the lost or helping the needy.

Calyn - posted on 05/11/2010

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To quote a man whose beliefs mostly closely reflect my own, "I personally prefer that the bodies of the departed dead be buried in the earth, in graves, rather than cremated by fire (a practice common among Hindus and Buddhists), or left in sacred “towers of silence” so that the corruptible flesh can be stripped clean by vultures (as advocated by Parsis of Zoroastrianism), or disposed of by other means. I prefer this because I am a western man prejudiced in favor of my own traditions." But from the christian point of view there is more to it than this.

From ancient times, the Lord’s people have preferred the practice of burial of the dead. In the scriptures it is the unvarying ideal. This tradition most nearly symbolizes the gospel teachings of death, burial, and resurrection—the atonement of Christ—and of baptism by immersion, as Paul suggests in Romans 6. The bodies of the dead are an essential part of the eternal soul. They are sacred tabernacles of the spirit. Out of respect for the dead, their grave sites should be chosen wisely and should be properly maintained. But I see no justification for Confucian theories of geomancy, for thinking that certain surface configurations (topography) are essential considerations in choosing burial sites of the dead. Neither is there any reason to think that the dead spend their time trying to punish, regulate, or reward their living kin on the basis of how well they care for them at death and after. Graves are not religious shrines. The body is ideally put away in a likeness of its coming forth from the grave, but the life and personality of the dead is neither in nor hovering about the grave. The spirits of the dead go to a place called paradise, a world of spirits, awaiting the day of resurrection.
This is the ideal—the perfect pattern of death and resurrection. But, unfortunately, this procedure of death and burial is not always possible for man. Nor, perhaps, is it always desirable. Too many people die violent and horrible deaths. Pilots are shot down and their bodies sometimes waste away in prison camps; human bodies are often mutilated, torn, destroyed, and sometimes entirely obliterated by war or accidents of fire and automobile. Some men are buried at sea and their bodies devoured by marine creatures. Not all bodies, not even all bodies of the righteous and the faithful, can be buried whole, or buried in the earth at all. In parts of Europe and in the southern United States the underground water level is so high that bodies cannot be buried in the earth. Hence they are frequently placed in containers above the earth and sometimes placed on top of one another.

In today’s world there are local laws in some countries that prohibit burial and encourage cremation; some metropolitan areas in Asia are so crowded that gravesites are a precious commodity and are outrageously expensive. Funerals and burials are prohibitive in cost to some of the most faithful members of the Church in that part of the world. Hence, although I personally prefer embalming and burial and although it has been the pattern followed by Israel, there appears to be no prohibition against cremation in the scriptures or in the theology of Christianity. Certainly there is no doubt but that people whose bodies are destroyed by fire (cremated) will rise again intact in the resurrection from the dead. The fundamental elements of the bodies of mankind are never lost or allowed to belong to another soul.

So I must concur with Teresa Nelson, that the scriptures, while clearly showing the ideal, have in no way attached any spiritual ramifications to those who cannot follow the ideal or who do not wish to follow the ideal. I do, however, wish to caution Ms. Nelson, who's book knowledge of the scriptures seems quite evident, but whose excitement of this knowledge seems to undermine her ability to translate the message with the same level of care and consideration that the Savior intended his message to be shared. Remember that the spirit of contention is of the devil and not of God. Religion is a subject upon which man can build a strong foundation. Adversely, it can also be a huge stumbling block and is for many people in the world. Even in this very forum, there is a noticeable level of anger, defensiveness, and frustration. The difference between the two scenarios correlates directly to whether or not the Spirit of God can be felt in the deliverance of the message that is shared or whether the spirit of contention accompanies it. The truth must not be argued. No man can convert a single person to the gospel of Jesus Christ, only the Spirit of God may do that. But if you present the right tone when you teach the gospel, that spirit will be present and the seed of conversion will take root. Those that are spiritually mature learn patience with those whose opinion of the gospel differ from their own. They will bear witness of the truth and encourage those seeking it to find out for themselves through prayer.

Carolyn - posted on 05/11/2010

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I've never had a problem with cremation. After all, if we believe God will resurrect us from the normal decay process, why can't He resurrect us from ashes? Not everyone dies and is buried in the ground--people lost at sea, for example. I think it's a personal choice, and I don't think it's something God wants us to worry about. He lives, so we live.

Lisa - posted on 05/11/2010

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Great answer Vicky. There is nothing wrong with cremation, it's a matter of choice.

Vicky - posted on 05/11/2010

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My husband 10 years ago tomorrow 5/13 and I had him cremated..That was his choice..My brother died in 4/09 I had him cremated...That was his choice...I think cremation is a good idea because it saves the family alot of heartache...Remember ashes to ashes..It is a personal choice though.....vj

Diane - posted on 05/11/2010

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the verses in the bible that have been mentioned were about burning people to death when they opposed God. those people were alive when they got burnt. so i don't think it matters if we get burnt when we are already dead. God will give us glorified bodies :)

Amy - posted on 05/10/2010

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Barb, is the author Elizabeth Kubler Ross? Just curious, I had to read "On death and dying" when I took my cna course.

Tonya - posted on 05/10/2010

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I personally don't think God really cares, but that is just me and I think each believer should do as they see fit.
However, from a strictly practical standpoint, to the poster who said they did not want the expense of a burial--cremation is actually VERY expensive; much more so than a simple burial. My husband and I have instructions in our will/trust documents that we do not want to be embalmed (expensive) and we want a simple pine box. Party and celebrate over the fact that we lived knowing Christ, not waste money on flowers and a funeral home. That is where the expense comes in. They say the average funeral runs over 3-5K dollars these days. Our attorney said cremation runs $8-12K. Just food for thought.

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I want whatever is cheapest to be done to my body when I am dead. Why waste more money than is absolutely neccessary to deal w/ this earthly, empty shell? :)

Josslyn - posted on 05/10/2010

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God says not to pollute his temple ( Our bodies ) while we walk the path of the righteous. I believe that after death ( our transition to everlasting life with God ) it doesn't matter what is done with our bodies for we are whole and one again with Jesus when we move on, God has he power to put heal the sick and wounded so who says he cannot convert your ashed body to a being again??

He is the Almighty and is capable of anything, I would like to be cremated, my mother in law would like to be buried as she feels the fire associates with hell.

The Bible speaks of how people are buried, mummified, cremated but does not say that as a follower of Christ that certain things need to be done with your body. And yes, Jesus died for our sins, he was entombed, cleansed and "mummified" but he rose again, a whole man.

It's an opinion in its own I guess, and everyone must make their own choice.

Cheresa - posted on 05/08/2010

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Ashes to ashes and dust to dust. To me that says that we are going to turn back into ash just as we began so why not help God out a little and speed the process along? I've certainly never heard that theres anything wrong with it.

Teresa - posted on 05/08/2010

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In response to the statement made about Jesus being buried, so we should too --- Jesus was only buried because a wealthy man of power (Joseph of Arimathea) had the connections to make that possible. Joseph was the owner of that tomb, and because He was a Christ-follower and loved the Lord, he couldn't bear to see his body desecrated anymore. Jesus had no money, no status, and he was crucified in the same manner as a common criminal. He had no rights in Roman society -- who knows what would have happened to his body if it weren't for Joseph? What we do know is that his crucifixion and burial had to line up with prophecy so that he could fulfill what had been written in the Scriptures. He wasn't buried because it's more holy, or because it's a command from God. He was buried because a man named Joseph believed His claim to be the Messiah, and wanted His legacy and teachings to be remembered by those who followed Him. Burying the dead and erecting monuments was the only way people of that time and culture could commemorate a life lived.

Nicole - posted on 05/08/2010

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@ JO Dawes
"I to wonder if it is logical to fill the earth with caskets? "

Exactly!
That was another point I wanted to make but I didn't know how to word it. Thank you. Completely agree with this.

Nicole - posted on 05/08/2010

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I'm glancing over other people's answers, and am quite shocked that it could even possibly be considered wrong.
I've always lived with the belief that your body is a shell. Our soul is what matters.
I prefer cremation for many reasons.
1. cost
2. being buried is just creepy lol
3. Less of a fuss

Our bodies will just decay and be eaten by bugs in a coffin. I don't see the advantages.

I might discuss this with a preacher because I definitely don't want to do something that's against the Lord.

Jody - posted on 05/08/2010

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Cremation has been a topic of discussion in my family for a long time! I lost my Dad to cancer at the age of 8. I did not become a Chriatian until I was in high school. Growing up and going to his grave was always a sad time for me. I have told my family I wish to be cremated so there is not a place to go and be sad! Also because the costs are way too much for most people. I believe that where scripture does not specifically state what to do, can be interpreted differently by everyone [as you can see by these responses]. I think it should be YOUR choice and know that in the end eternity with Christ will be worth it all--AMEN! In Christ's love, MomMcNally

Laura - posted on 05/08/2010

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Well, Ive always asked myself this question too, Ive heard 2 different sides, Ive heard you are not suppose to because the Lord is going to ressurect our bones from the ground however, He IS God and can do anything

JO - posted on 05/07/2010

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It's a good topic to look up in Scripture, I to wonder if it is logical to fill the earth with caskets? I know your heart is divided with God if you mourn death so I doubt in Gods eyes we are suppose to arrange a departure ceremony as in elaborate funeral services? ashes to ashes dust to dust..?

Sharon - posted on 05/07/2010

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I thoroughly enjoyed Rebekah Survance's responce because God's
Word gives truth and direction in all matters of life. And, if He leads us into all truth, I follow! Good job, Rebekah!

Suzanne - posted on 05/06/2010

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is it a sin to be buried or burned? i thing its your soul that god cares about not your dead body, besides we will all have "new body's when we are in heaven. i plan to be burned. its hell of alot cheaper then 6 feet under .

Crystal - posted on 05/06/2010

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i don't know the scripture, but I have a asked a Bible Baptist Scholar and he said it doesn't matter. You will get a glorified body once you are in heaven

Tina - posted on 05/06/2010

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There is nothing in the bible referencing cremation. The only references in the bible are for burial. Jesus was buried! That sho uld be the only thing we need to follow for our example! Tina Cotter Green Bay, Wisconsin

Sharol - posted on 05/06/2010

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Personally I want to be burried in the ground because that is what I feel if right for me. If God has laid this on your heart then obviously he will give you the answer. What comes to my mind right now is from the Bible. Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and you minds in Christ Jesus." What he wants for someone else, isn't neccessarily what he wants for you. God knows your heart and this sounds like a personal heart issue for you. I suggest you seek him and wait on him and your answer will come from him.

Amy - posted on 05/06/2010

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What we do with our sinful shells after our soul leaves to be with God will not impact our salvation. If it was something our salvation hinged on, God would be very specific about the requirement in the Bible, like Elizabeth said.

While this is an interesting discussion, and I"ve learned quite a bit, it's not something worth arguing about. We'll all feel a bit differently, and we'll still all see each other in Heaven.

Linda - posted on 05/06/2010

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I am so glad you asked this, I have wondered for years and am only choosing cremation because of money,or lack thereof..I remember this not so lovely lady,who right after my dad died,told me cremations is better,as do you want to think of your loved ones layin in the ground,while maggots take over their body,etc,etc,thanks my dad was just buried the day before....stuck in my head...even now

Shaulundra - posted on 05/06/2010

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I think the ultimate decision is yours, however, at this point I don't want to be cremated. There are several versus in the bible that talk about burning bodies for evil or wrong doings but it doesn't state that cremation is a sin or anything. Here are some references that might be of some assistance:
Genesis 23:19, 35: 4
2Kings 23:16-20
1 Corinthians 15:35-38
1 Thessalonians 4:16.

Hope these help.
2 Chronicles 16:14
Matthew 27:60-66

Pamela - posted on 05/06/2010

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I don't think it should be as big of an issue as people make it! I feel that God created us out of dust and dirt so if when we die we choose to be turned into dust through cremation to save money verses being buried that it should not matter! Besides it states in the Bible that we will be made into new creations that experience no pain or suffering so our old self is no more but our sprite of him remains!

Dana - posted on 05/05/2010

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Thanks ladies for the great responses. I have already decide to be cremated believing that after my soul leaves my body I don't need it anymore and when resurrected I will receive a new body. I really wanted to see what other Christians had to say or believed on the subject, and for some reason my husband is not really sure about the idea. When I first told him I wanted to be cremated and he could do "whatever" with the ashes I thought he was going to collapse! He is of the belief that you have to have a burial site to go to and honor the dead, like the worldly tradition that memorial day has become. Which was actually begun to honor our fallen soldiers who died in the line of duty, NOT everyone who has ever died! sorry, a bit off topic.

Anyway, I just wanted to see if anyone had any biblical references for an absolute that I hadn't found. Thanks again so much for the awesome posts!

Teresa - posted on 05/05/2010

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Maria, I guessed you were Catholic before you posted. And even though I didn't take the time to read your entire post (this is a forum about cremation, after all), I read enough to be able to say that I don't think that anyone has made any anti-Catholic statements. We know that there are many different traditions of worship and many different traditions relating to the handling of the dead. But, the original question asked for BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS supporting or standing against cremation. I just don't think you've offered any solid criteria to support your view.

Teresa - posted on 05/05/2010

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I'm sorry, Maria, but there is no such thing as sacred ground. The only time sacred ground is mentioned in Scripture is when God's presence passed through the land. There is no Biblical support for your claim.

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