Should a Christian be cremated?

Dana - posted on 04/30/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I have heard many different views on this and would like some input. Bible references would be great as well. Thank you!

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Carla - posted on 05/01/2010

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I don't have any Biblical references, per se, but Paul was talking in I Corinthians 13 --' and tho I give my body to be burned and have not charity--'



Our bodies are merely vessels that hold our spirit, and it is our spirit that is going to live forever. My mother was concerned because of financial reasons we had to cremate my dad. She was afraid it would take too long to gather up the ashes to put them together to give him a body when the Lord came. God is God. If He created the world out of NOTHING, He will surely give us a heavenly body when we are resurrected. Indeed, He has to, because this 'body' will live forever with our spirit inside. I don't think God worries so much about if our bodies are still around when He comes, as He is that our spirits, or souls, are His.

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Danna, Genesis 3:19 says that our bodies came from the dust of the earth & will return to it......There is no Biblical basis against cremating one's body. It is mans choice ,not God's laws, for or against it. My husband wants to be cremated ,I had a hard time accepting this & done some study on it...& came to the conclusion...it's "his" choice. God's Word is silent on the subject...

Brandi - posted on 05/01/2010

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I will share something that our pastor just discussed with us on Wednesday night @ bible study because we had this same discussion-We are not a physical body that a happens to have a spirit; but rather, we are spiritual beings that happen to be in a human body. When this body is gone, the spirit will live on.

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Cynthia - posted on 06/21/2010

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Personally I don't have a problem with it since it is the soul, not the body, that is important. I will be cremated.

Crystal - posted on 06/19/2010

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I am a Christian myself. I have read the Bible Twice from beginning to end and as I recall I haven't found anything in there concerning the cremation part. All I know is that we were formed from the dirt and when our bodies lie in sleep, they will once again return to dirt. Once we are gone our souls and spirits return to our Heavenly Father. The one who created us. If I go before the 2nd Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I plan on having my body cremated. Because once he returns our bodies will once again be restored to their natural form. Only this time putting on Immortality. Just read the good book for yourself and search out any answers you may have. Or ask your pastor if you attend a regular church. Don't take my word for it. You must find the answers to life changeling questions on your own in the Good Book. Any question we have will be found in the Bible. I know where a lot of things are, I just can't remember what book they are in. I wish you the best of luck in search of your answer. Maybe we can talk again sometime. Good Luck and God Bless.

Barbie - posted on 06/19/2010

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The Bible tells us that when we go to heaven, we will be given new bodies. Thats what I understand, anyway. We had my step-son creamated for financial reasons. Once our earthly bodies die, we dont need them, anymore. Its just a shell for our spirit, but our spirits live on.

Maria - posted on 06/14/2010

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I don't think it matters. What about those people that die in bombings at war or plane crashes, their bodies are completely destroyed. Or the ones who are eaten by wild animals, like sharks, alligators, lions. Our bodies are not perfect some have a disease that's eating up the flesh. Fire victims get their bodies mutilated. There are many people with missing limbs. Still we will be transformed to enter the heavens. God will take care of it. He'll find the body if it was lost and make it completely new and glorious. We don't need to worry about that.

Pam - posted on 05/12/2010

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Hello Dana, well.. as a Christian, it doesn't matter. Our bodies won't be important once we pass from this earth. We will have new bodies in Heaven. It's our spirit that we need to be concerned about. So...If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, it won't matter! Our bodies will be renewed. I hope this helps.
Pam

Cat - posted on 05/10/2010

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Wow! What a subject, but a much needed one to discuss, especially in these times and last days. The mere thought of how we are to prepare our bodies for our final resting place is way beyond my expertise of knowing what is right or favorable in Jehovah God's word and commandments. I believe we are to treat our bodies like a 'temple of God', even if it means compromising and sacrificing for the burden of those left behind to make the decisions. We honor Jehovah God with our minds, spirit, soul and bodies. To each his own way as to what we decide when we prepare for our own resting place, as long as it does not purposely burden our loved ones, we should feel at peace with our decision. May Jehovah God bless your decision to ask other Christians input and/or opinions on this touching subject. Jehovah God would be proud of your kind-hearted honesty. Keep a hold of all of the lessons that come with a blessing! Can I get an AMEN?

Nancy - posted on 05/05/2010

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Like many other Christians, I have many questions about that
subject. However, although we are NOT to do ANYTHING to dishonor our bodies, I believe that this pertains to WHEN WE ARE ALIVE. And, I don't mean to imply that this proceedure IS dishonoring our bodies, just that when we die, we are not
IN OUR bodies, anymore, so what is done with them in getting
ready for the "funeral" shouldnot mean so much, Especially, in these times of econmical disaster, sometimes, that is the best a family can do for their loved one!

Veronica - posted on 05/04/2010

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I dont have any Bible references, but I am a Christian and I had my baby's body cremated. His soul had already left his body and gone onto Heaven with our heavenly Father. Our bodies are merely a house that shelters our souls until our time comes to meet our Creator.

Alison - posted on 05/04/2010

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Does this decision really have anything to do with your well-meaning Christian friend? Don't worry about her. Make this decision along with your husband.

Michelle - posted on 05/03/2010

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If Jesus tarried I don't want to be cremated because when the dead in Christ rise I don't want there being any difficulty scooping all the ashes together lol. Ok seriously o still don't want to be cremated. the thought of my body in fire doesn't sit well with me. Reminds me of hell. A nice pine box will do. family can live off the insurance money instead of spending thousands on a casket for me and not even there.:-)

Dana - posted on 05/02/2010

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Thanks ladies for all of the great insight. I had already decided that I want to be cremated, not just to save money, but I am going to be given a perfect body when resurrection comes and so I won't need this one anymore when I die. The reason I was asking is because my husband is having a minor issue with me wanting that, and I just recently met someone (a christian) that is adamantly against it.

This lady says that it is very plain in the Bible that the body is special because God created it, and the only time someone is burned in the Bible was; sacrifice to pagan gods, when mutilated by the philistines (Saul & Jonathan), or martyred. One of the points was that when we receive Christ we become the Temple of God with the Holy Spirit dwelling within us and it would be destroying the Temple to be cremated. However, I do believe we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit under the new covenant but as soon as our spirits leave our bodies we are present with the Lord, so therefore, we no longer need the temple and the Holy Spirit is no longer in it.

I know it is more a tradition of man, or to save money for our families I just was interested to see what others had to say about it. Thanks for the great posts!

Bethany - posted on 05/02/2010

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I believe it is a personal choice. We are not taking these earthly bodies with us to heaven. it is our spirit that lives on not our bodies. So what we decide to do with our bodies after we die is up to us. Some people just need the closure of seeing our bodies at a viewing before we are buried. I personally want to save money for my family after I am gone so I want to be cremated. I am an organ donor because I won't be using them anymore so why not help someone else live. I really don't like the idea of people crying over my body when its not even me anymore at a viewing, but if they want to pay extra for it and it gives them closure then have at it!

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