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Is Cremation Biblical

What does the Bible say about cremation? Is cremation allowed according to the Bible?
Jim

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Both my parents were creamated at their request. However, for me, it was important that my final view of them convince me that they were indeed dead.
I knew it intellectually, of course, but seeing them made it somehow easier for me to accept.
They were each embalmed, laid on a cot for the viewing and memorial service, then cremated according to their wishes.
---donna66 on 7/21/11


The reason that I prefer for people to have funerals and burial rather than being cremated is in that the presence of the physical body gets people thinking more than just a urn of ashes. It can bring the fact that we are not guaranteed tomorrow and could die any moment home better than a cremation service. Most I have spoken to agree with this. Also, it gives a better surrounding for a message. I have had people come up to me saying they saw the deceast's chest raise and fall as though he was breathing and repenting on the spot. The fear of the Lord by the body's presence in the casket many times outweighs an urn of ashes. It may be the last time some relatives get a chance to hear a sermon.
---Frank on 7/19/11


When we die, we are absent from the body and present with the Lord. We no longer need our bodies - they are empty shells that decompose and rot. Our final destination is not dependent on the state of our bodies.

Someone who dies in a house fire is in no no more peril of damnation (since his body is ash) than someone who dies of old age.

We anticipate the resurrection of the body on the Last Day. However, in that resurrection, we receive new incorruptible bodies - NOT our old decomposed corpses.
---StrongAxe on 7/17/11


The bible says "we are purified by fire"..The earth will be destroyed by fire..in order to purify the planet for the new heaven and new earth..the Christians who are cremated by accidents or war, or by others cannot choose what happens to them..so, the bottom line is you soul goes to one who saved it.
---fran on 7/16/11


I think our reticence comes from 1 Corinthians 3 about our bodies being a temple of the Holy Spirit, leading some to interpret that everything from tattoos to gluttony and obesity defiles the Temple.

On the other hand if the holy spirit has departed at death does it make any difference? Some say burning is a particular hellish way to destroy what God created.

Great question

P.S. A service coordinator at my church is also a funeral director and said many Christians who would never consider voluntarily reducing a loved one to ashes are doing so just because they can't afford a funeral. They go straight from Hospice to the furnace.
These are some times we live in Jim.
---larry on 7/26/10




1 aspect of cremation is, is when the devil with the roman leaders with nero & the crusades took some of One God Jesus name Church of The Living God ( Acts 2 v's 37 - 41 ) early Church saints & used them for torches to light in their arena games, until God put His hand down to stop it.

The One God Jesus name Church of The Living God still lives today, the devil didn't kill us all. The devil sure would like to rid us because of Jesus name & His Truth sake.

---Lawrence on 7/26/10


deb --- Unless you live some place like Japan, there is plenty space to bury the dead. In some places, even in the U.S., people are buried on top of one another, because it is important to families that the dead be buried in that particular place. It's not because there is insufficient space available.

The amount of contamination from an embalmed corpse is infinitesimal. I don't believe God is is especially concerned about "contaminating" the earth with embalmed bodies OR running out of land for burials.
---Donna66 on 5/18/10


Amos 2:1 Thus saith the LORD, For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof, because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:
---francis on 5/18/10


Actually, there is one verse of rebuke in which someone's bones were "burned to lime":
can the Biblically astute here find it?
---Elaine on 5/15/10


What does the Bible say about cremation? Is cremation allowed according to the Bible?

the final destruction of man is cremetaion:
Malachi 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts.


And sodom and gomorhar was cremation

Although mostpeople in the bible are either buried, or ... some have been burned after death.

Joshua 7:25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
---francis on 5/11/10




However, having twenty years experience as a funeral director has given me a front row seat to this dicussion.I believe if you search the history of christianity you will find the peganistic act of burning the body was first looked upon harshly by christians after the ressurection of Christ. But the further consideration I share is more direct with our current mind set. If desiceration of the body is unchristian then the cremation process absolutely is unchristian. You may think you understand it's process but believe me, you do not. And to be honest about the reference to poisonous chemicals in the ground, just opt for no embalming, The burning process polutes the atmosphere as well, and takes gas to do so....!
---hank on 5/6/10


My mom is in hospice and my dad and her agreed that both would be cremated when the time came, but they would be buried also. From what I see there is no definite answer. God will take her when it is time and she will be with Him for eternaty.
---Patrick on 3/1/09


In Biblical days, some people were burned off so why worry about it..Am sure its okay..after all, it is only a fast forwarding of the process of decomposition..we return to dust from whence God created us from..dont worry friend, you wont feel it..you'd be very dead then and wont know it..lol
---pop on 4/8/08


Burials use land that will one day be in short supply.
Cremation does not.

Burials involve poisons being pumped into the body, which eventually leech into the dirt, and into the groundwater.

Cremation does not.

Humm...wonder which one God prefers?
---deb on 4/7/08


George you need to go read your Bible. We cannot send another person to hell! Its all based on accepting Jesus as your personal saviour or denying Him. Has NOTHING to do with creamation!! The Bible says nothing about creamation and burrying was just what their society did back then. Anyways God is more powerful then how we choose to take care of a dead body. God is certainly not contingent on we humans. He can reasurrect a body from nothing!
---pastorswife on 4/7/08


Not the Jim that asked this question. I believe the Bible to be silent on cremation. Having worked in a Funeral Home we did cremations. Personally I abhor it. Jesus died so we might avoid the flames and fire of hell. Thus why would anyone willingly want to be cremated. I know the body is the carrier of the soul and it is dead when cremated. However again personally I HATE CREMATION. Yet I do not know where it is said in the BIble to be against it.
---JIM on 2/12/08


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Joseph told the Hebrews, when you return to Canaan take my bones with you. Question, is there some significance to your bones after your death? You decide!!
---Mima on 2/11/08


There is no guidence in the Bible re cremation. We can only surmise. He exspects us to be good stewards of His blessings, cremation is the least expensive form of burial. He can resurrect any body. What of those that died in 9/11, buried at sea. Eaten by animals. God has no limit, He said we sould have new bodies.
---dan on 2/11/08


Pastor Danny, you say cremation is not Biblical, can you prove it is not? Or disprove? We are in search of the answer for our Borean Study Group, I can not find anything stated it is or isn't.
---Susana on 2/11/08


wondering what the bible says about cremation
---vickie on 11/10/07


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Thanks Lets blog
---Child_of_God on 10/14/07


Whoa, George! :O A lot of anger in your post, I thought it was just an interesting question. I, personally, was upset when my late brother was cremated, but I understood the reasons--mostly financial, as it would have cost even more to bury him. We were already in too much pain to think clearly as it was.
---Mary on 8/19/07


Besides, God is fully capable of resurrecting ALL bodies at the last day--buried, cremated, or however else their remains ended up. :) He is all-powerful, praise the Lord! :)
---Mary on 8/19/07


George ... Is it possible for man's action (in cremating another person) to send that person to hell?
The answer must be NO
---alan_of_UK on 8/19/07


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Even God Himself deigned to bury Moses, not burn him. Cremation is ungodly, satanic, and I have a personal vendetta to shut down this unholy defiant act which is a slap in God's face for this gift of a body he gave to us. Burial is holy, cremtaion is satanic and is an automatic one-way ticket to hell!
---George on 8/19/07


In the bible it is written;ashes to ashes and dust to dust.
---WILLS on 4/12/07


Any instruction concerning the daed in the Bible was for burrial, not cremation. A Christian can make a burrial gravestone a witness for future visitors to read a Gospel verse and thus can evangelize even after death. You can't do that with a jar of ashes.I have personally led people to the Lord in the graveyard. So if it's no difference to you maybe think of the others who are still alive who could read John 3:16 on your stone for ther next few hundred years.
---john on 1/15/06


People who lack wisdom should ask God, and He is grateful to give it in abundance. Read the JKV, and explore the Groves with the burnt offerings of children..(cremation)
---Lynn on 1/15/06


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Lance,
While the exact words in that order do not appear, here is the verse that do relate to that statement:
Genesis 3:19, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."
Genesis 18:27, "And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:"
---Bruce5656 on 1/15/06


Will(previous post)---, it does not say anywhere in the bible "ash to ash dust to dust" that comes from the book of common prayer.
---Lance on 1/15/06


How many ways can a person die on this earth? They didn't really have a choice in that at all...but after, in fact, when we do leave this body...it is of no use to us anymore...the Lord will gather the saints from the water and the land when He returns...or if you died on the moon ...(It's His Universe)...we will have an incorruptable body at that time. We must look to the Lord and Pray for answers...maybe some questions are just like asking the Lord how the cow jumped over the moon...just a thaught.
---jan on 1/4/06


As an aside, my wife said she was going to spread my ashes at the mall so she could come and visit me everyday!
---NurseRobert on 12/18/05


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No, Nellah, it makes NO sense to me. After death, the body is an empty vessel. My soul will be with God. It is the life that one leads that give testamony to God, not where the body is placed after death. When I die, my family will give what parts can be used to others who will have need of them. The rest will be creamated and my ashes scattered at sea. Remember me for who I was, not where Im buried.
---NurseRobert on 12/18/05


I was reading today in a book, How to Get Into the Bible ... says cremation was a Roman practice. Friend of mine told me once, "Burn the heart, you burn the soul." Sorta makes sense, doesn't it?
---Nellah on 12/18/05


The gravesight is a great place to lead people to the Lord. I've done it several times and heard of it often.But I've never heard or had it happen to me that someone got witnessed to looking at a jar of ashes.The gravestone can be a wonderful place to testify also. Just for those reasons I think burrial is more beneficial. Maybe that's why God always wanted His people burried.
---john on 12/18/05


"Cremation is a satanic practice" Lynn, where did you come up with that one?
---NurseRobert on 12/18/05


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2 some that we MUST NOT do, everything else we must be guided by general statements in the bible e.g. not harming our bodies because they are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, not doing anything that will cause our brother to stumble and so on. The bible gives no indication (as far as I know) that cremation is wrong. Unless the bible states somewhere that God punished or reprimanded someone for using that method of disposing of their dead how can we say that it is wrong?
---M.A. on 12/18/05


I can never understand the argument that because pagans do it or non-Christians sometimes do it CHRISTIANS must not. The fact that non-Christians do something (regardless of what IT is) does not make it evil. Don't they also eat, sleep, go on holiday, drive cars, drink coffee,? Where do we draw the line of what makes something unGodly and wrong for Christians. We must be guided by God's word. Some things are clear that we MUST do, contd
---M.A. on 12/18/05


This topic has been dealt with before. You might want to read these blogs
http://christianblogs.christianet.com/1123842865.htm#1134869290105151
---Bruce5656 on 12/17/05


Cremation is a satanic practice..Pagans do it as a offering to their gods..So many Christians believe the lie....It is ok and make excuses..Study to show thyself approved
---Lynn_Bedford77 on 12/17/05


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Pastor Danny...please elaborate on your "no" answer. Just curious as to your thoughts and interpretation of scriptures. Thank you :)
---caroa6864 on 11/19/05


Some evidently do not believe The Holy Scriptures in burning human bodies [for non-health reasons]. The answers on "cremation" here seem to parallel the subject of "aborting" the unborn [at any stage] & "pro-choice" or a woman's right(?) thereof, likewise "cremation", we're judged according to personal individual knowledge. The only choice under GRACE is between a woman's life or the unborn child's! No problems when you side with Echad/God [Matt.11:28-30].
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 11/19/05


Steve said it exactly right. Cremation merely speeds up the process that will occur anyway. It's not our dead bodies we need to worry about - it's our eternal souls. Cremation is much less costly and money is much better spent on the hungry, homeless, & lost people who are still living!
---Marilee on 11/18/05


Cremation may be close to sacrilegious. Consider these verses: Josh 7:25; SAM 31:112;in 23:20; Amos 2:1; Amos 6:10. But what about cost? Average funeral is 7,500.00 to 10 grand and families cannot afford it?
---Jim on 11/17/05


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The Bible does not deal with the subject of Cremation.
Personally I consider it as an acceptable way to dispose of a dead body since ashes are "dust" also.
---Pierre on 11/16/05


The Bible does not state anything about cremation. Some Christians object to cremation because in has been used in the past, by non-christians. Even some Christians are of the opinion that cremation may make it impossible for God to "put all the burnt pieces together" at the rapture. (Really don't think this will be a problem for God.)
---WIVV on 11/16/05


Great question; I do not have the least idea of the correct answer, however we do know that Joseph ask his people to take his BONES back to Isreal.---mima 11/16/2005
---mima on 11/16/05


No. Pastor Danny
---Pastor_Danny on 11/16/05


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, cremation merely hurries up the process of decomposing. it is where you spend eternity that counts.
---steve on 11/16/05


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