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Is Cremation Christian Or Pagan

Is cremation a Christian practice?

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I suspect that the new bodies will be without any defect (for example, the ravages of aging and disease), but will still be recognizable as "us". When Jesus appeared to his disciples together after his resurrection, they all immediately knew who he was. (Then again, they didn't figure it out on the road to Emmaus, so who knows?)
---StrongAxe on 4/19/11

Axey: "The bodies we receive in the resurrection are totally unlike the bodies we have now."

I agree completely! We don't go to heaven as spooks, we are resurrected with immortal bodies at Jesus' coming, and then go to heaven with Him.

And, I hope that my new body doesn't look "just" like the current one. I would prefer a more youthful appearance.
---jerry6593 on 4/19/11

\\The Bible makes no mention at all about the fact that God likes the outside of the temple.\\

I disagree, StrongAxe.

God loves our bodies enough to create them.

God Incarnate loved the outside of our cups enough to heal them.
---Cluny on 4/18/11


The bodies we receive in the resurrection are totally unlike the bodies we have now. Our bodies now are mortal and corruptible, while the bodies in the resurrection are perfect and incorruptible. They may also be genderless (since in the resurrection, we neigher marry nor are given in marriage). While these bodies may look like our old ones, they are of a totally different nature, and don't depend on the old ones at all.
---StrongAxe on 4/18/11

Rhonda: "...once we die we will never see flesh and blood bodies again"

Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
---jerry6593 on 4/18/11


The Bible makes no mention at all about the fact that God likes the outside of the temple. Jesus spoke of the pharisees being like sepulchers - clean and white on the inside, but being full of dead men's bones. He was not praising them for their cleanliness on the outside - just pointing out that such was worthless since it was what was on the inside that matters.
---StrongAxe on 4/17/11

Cremation was always associated with pre-Christian paganism.

The modern (about 19th century) cremation movement began among groups that wished to publicly defy the Christian teaching of the Resurrection of the dead of any kind of afterlife.

Of course, how many Christians have perished in fires?

While I do not wish to be cremated, should my body be so disposed, I have perfect faith that God can call it back into being from the elements when Jesus returns at the Rapture and Last Judgement (which is the same basic event).
---Cluny on 4/17/11

The human body rots and turns to soil when bacteria and fungus breaks down the cells into molecules. The molecules become part of soil which plants can use to make more plants. Ash is more like charcoal. They are chemically not the same. A casket and embalming slows the proces of decay. Modern embalming is toxic to human cells and chemically changes the human cells. The use of plants for cleansing the dead is to cut down on odor and bacteria. Point- embalming, cremation and natural decay are not the same like putting compost on a garden is not the same as putting ashes on a garden. There is no judgement for or against cremation...just understand that natural decay and burning are not the same process and do not generate the same chemical result.
---livingandlearning on 4/17/11

cremation is a pagan practice but either way we return to dust ...from dust we came and we will return until the Lord returns to rule the earth

thousands of people never recovered in 911 destruction of the world trade center ...many thousands die in tragic fires every year bodies never recovered or burned beyond recognition

our bodies are holy temple of God when we are ALIVE not when we are dead

at resurrection Christians are born again to SPIRIT not to our earthly fleshy bodies

...once we die we will never see flesh and blood bodies again

all who have ever lived are dead waiting the resurrection ...cremation just gets your body reduced to ashes quicker to wait on the Lord
---Rhonda on 9/30/08

The bible says ashes to ashes dust to dust from dust we came and to dust we will return so cremation sends us too where we started and we're going to get a new body when we die and are with JESUS. this body must pass away.
---joe on 9/24/08

Whether it is or not. I would advise against cremation.I don't want to have a memory or thought in my mind that a loved one was burned up,so to speak.Dealing with their death is enough . I don't want to be tormented anymore.
But it is a personal decision. Everyone has to make up their own mind(s)
---Robyn on 9/23/08

Rebecca, Some have defaced the temple with grafitti, tatoos, piercings, plastic surgeries, etc., and the Lord can look pass these defilements because he still loves his children inspite of the things that they may have done to their holy bodies. Nevertheless, the Lord loves the outside of the cup, as well as the inside, and he does not desire his holy temples to be burned down.
---Eloy on 9/22/08

What difference does it make? We won't return to these old bodies anyhow. I don't want to be cremated but I don't think it is wrong or a sin. The body turns back into dirt anyways. Why get so upset emotionaly over someone who gets cremated, when Christ comes back hopefully they will have a glorified body.
---Rebecca_D on 9/22/08

Cremation is NonChristian: on the contrary, Biblically the body of the deceased was commonly balmed with Commiphora guidotti (sweet myrrh) and Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon seed) and other spices and resins like spruce and Artemisia dracunculus (tarragon) and Ruta graveolens (rue) to protect the body of the beloved against corruption. Please Read- Mark 16:1.
---Eloy on 9/21/08

.tony, The Old Testament forbade the Jews from following the customs of their pagan neighbors, and specifically ordered them to bury dead bodies (Deut. 21:23). When Moses died, God buried him in Moab (Deut. 34:6). Since that is God's method, should it not be ours. The Jewish commentary on the Law (The Mishna) denounced cremation as "an idolatrous practice.'
---Eloy on 9/21/08

.tony, The Old Testament forbade the Jews from following the customs of their pagan neighbors, and specifically ordered them to bury dead bodies (Deut. 21:23). When Moses died, God buried him in Moab (Deut. 34:6). Since that is God's method, should it not be ours. The Jewish commentary on the Law (The Mishna) denounced cremation as "an idolatrous practice.'
---Eloy on 9/21/08

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I just came from a service today where the man was creamated. I cried the entire time because all I kept remembering was the scripture, "Know ye not, ye are the temple of the Holy Ghost." Why burn the temple? I don't believe in cremation, but some say our bodies turn to ashes after we're dead a while anyway. I have such mixed emotions about creamation. I don't want to be creamated (in case anyone
---Donna9759 on 9/20/08

You will not find instruction to the NT. Church of how to dispose of dead bodies. OT. instructions were to burry or place in a tomb. Burning was not instructed by God unless in the case of severe judgement. Burrials have been the more common way that Christians have chosen. But God does not instruct us either way.
---john on 10/7/07

I believe it is, infact, we are helping to fast forward the deteriorating process. We are goign back to dust quicker in cremation...after all, the dead dont know nothing and dont know what is done to them...God bless..
---jana on 4/17/07

there is at least 2 cremation of the saved listed in the bible... both are because of certain reasons..<
1 Saul...1Samuel 31:11-13
2 the last of the ten...Amos 6:10
---tony on 12/12/06

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but is it morally wrong to cremate a body? no. Because our bodies turn to dust. ash is essensially dust. cremation excelerates the decomposition process. I don't believe that God is incappable to ressurrect a body that has been decomposed to dust, and I don't think it'll be a problem to ressurrect a cremated body either. besides are those that died in fire and were burned completly just out of luck? No. God is Good. Burial looks to ressurrection but cremation isn't all wrong.
---Jared on 12/12/06

greetings.Flesh and blood cannot enter heaven.That which is from earth remains on earth.Our elemental chart is primitive.Primitive flesh material(physical matter) is of no use where such cannot sustain a life that never sleeps or life threatening velocities that mortal like flesh cannot bear.Mark wrote Jesus came in another form .So shall we inhabit a similiar form.A form that earthly physical structures cannot restrict our movements.
---earl on 12/12/06

After searching the bible, trying to find ONE person that was creamated, I couldn't.
But I did find MANY who were raised from the dead. So wouldn't it make sense that we shouldn't burn a dead body in case Jesus wants to raise it from the dead like he did Lazareth, Tabitha in Acts, the Shummanite woman's son, etc.,
---Donna9759 on 12/12/06

Believe it or not, there are unsaved funeral directors as in other walks of life. Remember the guy down south who was reselling coffins and not burying the dead? For some of our families, the less-hands-on experience, morbid (shelf-life, expiration date) the better.
---Tim on 12/3/06

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I had a friend who worked a short time in a crematorium. As she was bringing the urn out to the waiting room, her rubber shoes tripped over the carpet. The ashes floated and stuck in the air. They were in her hair, all over her clothes and on the carpet. They used the vacuum cleaner to get them back in the urn. Accidents happen.
---Anon on 12/3/06

It does not mater how we dispose of a corpse. It still goes back to dust. Cremation is just another way of hurrying up the process. When Christ returns, He can easily recreate us again in a twinkle of an eye, in a moment where will all be changed and we shall have new bodies ... isnt that awesome?
---lucy on 12/3/06

cremation is not a christian practice but it's not pagan either, many cultures use it, and as far as I'm concerned I dont' think God has a problem with it since cremation is just excelerating decay. and God doesn't need 100% of the body to resurect it.
---Jared on 12/1/06

Donna, I'm not sure how I feel about the subject. But I do know there must have been Christians die in the WTC 9/11. Christians drown in the ocean, or lost on air plane crashes. We're going to have new bodies, Glorified Bodies, that is my understanding. 1 Corinthians 15
---kathr4453 on 12/1/06

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Cremation as others have stated is not really mentioned one way or the other "Christian" wise, traditionally most Christians are buried. Sometimes people must be cremated due to disease or war so the disease does not spread.
---Jeanne on 12/1/06

I promise you, you would not want your body that had been embalmed, put in the ground and decayed for an eternal body.

Think about it, as others have pointed out, once the spirit has left the body, the body is no longer the "temple of the Holy Spirit".
---Bruce5656 on 12/1/06

The body will rot away to nothing eventualy. 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."

What difference is it to God if your body was burned, eaten by wild animals or rotted slowly away? He will have to preform a creative miracle to restore to you an incorruptable body one way or the other.
---Bruce5656 on 12/1/06

If you fell overboard, and all the fishes ate you, God still knows where you're at. If you were caught in a burning building, or explosion, same thing. Plane crash in the mountains, etc. There is no place that God will not go to find you - a pile of dust in the coffin or ashes in the forest.
---Raine on 12/1/06

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When I look in the mirror I see my body but that's not me, it's my body. I may refer to it as me but the me part is born again. No matter how my body is disposed of, I am with the Lord and my body will be resurrected in a perfect immortal state. God will have no more problem with ashes than He will have with dust. Don't worry Donna, your future is great.
---john on 12/1/06

Donna, I believe that it doesnt matter what happens to the body after we are dead. As Alan said, its us, not our body.
---NurseRobert on 12/1/06

For me, the cost of a funeral is obscene. The average cost is lmsot $6,000. That does not include Cemetery plot ($500 to several thousand), Opening and closing the grave ($350 to $1,500), Headstones, statues, or markers ($500 to several thousand.)

A cremation can cost just $1,500 or less.

Why spend the money on a funeral???
---NurseRobert on 12/1/06

Donna ... The fact is that even if our bodies are buried, they are destroyed anyway.
And what authority has this Jesse guy to over-rule the love of God?
---AlanUK_quent5969 on 12/1/06

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AlanUK, thank you. What about the scripture that says, "The dead in Christ shall rise first?" Jesse Duplantis said that means, the spirit will be reconnected to the body and the dead in Christ will rise first. What if our bodies are burned? I'm sorry, I just have such mixed emotions about this subject.
---Donna9759 on 12/1/06

Donna ... Take heart! It is the person, not the body, which is the temple.
After death, the person is no longer in the body.
I believe the person still exists, and is on the way to heaven. Others say the person has ceased to exist, but will be recreated at some later stage. Others have other interpretations ...
In either case, the body is no longer the temple.
---AlanUK_quent5969 on 12/1/06

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