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Is Cremation In The Bible

Where in the bible did Jesus or Paul or Peter or anyone in the New Testament tell us it's okay to burn our bodies when we die? Where is cremation mentioned in the bible?

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 ---Donna9759 on 3/27/06
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Jesus was buried not cremated.
This was what God wanted for His only Son.
We should follow in the footsteps of Jesus and what the Father did. Burning in a fire by accident is a different thing. But in purpose should be seriously reconsidered.
Look to Jesus. He is our ultimate role model , Let us follow, mimic and copy what He does.
---lisa on 6/1/08

In Leviticus 20 and 21, the Lord commanded that certain types of sinners were to be burned with fire. In the case of King Saul and his sons, whose bodies had been mutilated, their flesh were burned but their bones were buried. Other than these extraordinary cases, the only honorable or proper disposition of the dead in the Old Testament was by burial, which was also the New Testament practice and that of the early church. Because, we, Christians will one day be raised from the dead.
---catherine on 5/30/08

I have married into a Seventh Day Adventist family altho I do not practice that religion & neither does my husband. We both want to be cremated which I saw nothing wrong with as my pastor cremated his young son that died of cancer. what the Adventist practice but Romans is what my church (Disciples of Christ Christian Church)practices as far as customs go. I pray about this & I feel comfortable that the Lord is going to allow this & not punish me for it.
---Marilyn on 5/30/08


We are judged by our own actions - NOT by actions taken by others after we die, and over which we have no control.

If someone dies in a fire, or a plane crash, or a bomb explosion, they are as good as cremated.

Romans 8:35-39: (abridged to fit in 85 words):
"35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? ...
"38 For I am persuaded, that neither ...
"39 ... shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
---StrongAxe on 2/6/08

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 2/6/08

God makes his wishes very clear. Personally, I feel that cremation is very clean. Witchcraft teaches that God cannot resurrect someone who has been cremated. God is the creator. He can and will resurrect us and give us a new body. I'm for cremation. It's a lot cleaner and has nothing to do with my salvation. Blessings to all.
---Jill on 2/6/08

Cremation in the OT. Jos 7:25, 1 Sam 31:12, 2 Ki 23:20, Amos 2:1, 6:10. In the New Testament, Mt 13:40, 27:7, Jn 15:6, Acts 19:19, 1 Cor 13:3, Heb 6:8, 2 Pe 3:10, Rev 1:15, 18:8. It doesn't say that it is okay to cremate someone. But to me it doesn't make a difference because if that person is born again, then they will get a new body anyway.
---Rebecca_D on 3/31/07

yes.but usually as a means of execution.
---tom2 on 5/30/06

I am glad I found this blog. I am signing my Will and asked to be cremated. I think it is more sanitary, plus I don't want to leave my children with any high funeral bills. And why take up more land for bodies? They are moving them anyway to build houses and buildings etc...and in the bible doesn't it say ashes to ashes? it's just my point of view. I don't want to be stuck in a box in a cold grave. Cremate me and let my ashes blow in the wind. I don't like dark, cold, small places.
---Johne8936 on 5/14/06

I do not believe that God has any issues with cremation.
The deciding factor for me was the cost involved. The average funeral costs somewhere between $5-10 thousand dollars, NOT including the cemetary costs (the plot, opening and closing the grave, headstones.
Cremation, on the other hand, costs between $500-$1500 dollars.
I told my wife to take the money and run!!!

She said she was going to spread my ashes at the mall so she could come and visit me everyday.
---NurseRobert on 3/28/06

Donna; to me it doesn't make a bit of difference if one is being cremated. It doesn't matter to God. Just because someone decides to have their body cremated that doesn't they're going to hell.
---Rebecca_D on 3/28/06

I think the biggest point against cremation is that those cultures that cremate usually do so for ancestor worship. If you are cremating a loved one and bringing the ashes home so they can always be with you it is a form of ancestor worship. Now if you are cremating for financial or enviromental issues then it's not wrong.
---Jared on 3/28/06

There are two factors in at work with respect to the disposal of a body. Hygienic considerations and cultural customs.

Hygienic considerations are self explainatory
Customs vary from culture to culture and in different time eras. There is nothing wrong with the custom Moses carried out but that does not make it the standard for us today.
---Bruce5656 on 3/28/06

Jewish custom involved many things that we do not observe today. Why should the handling of a dead body be any different?

Moses did not have the understanding that we have today with respect to the resurrection of the dead at when Jesus returns.
---Bruce5656 on 3/28/06

By Jobs time this truth seems to have been understood. Job 19:26, "And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:"

Jesus spoke of the body being expendable if I may use that term Matthew 10:28, "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
---Bruce5656 on 3/28/06

Cremation merely hurries up the process of decay.

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual BODY.
American Standard Version. 1995 (1 Co 15:42-43).
---John_T on 3/28/06

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Bruce, one other thought please. Why did Moses feel the need to carry the bones of Joseph out of Egypt? Why didn't Moses say, ah, he's going to be all wilted away someday, so what's the use of carrying his bones out of Egypt? Instead, he did do it...
---Donna9759 on 3/28/06

Bruce, I am worried because a very close friend of mine died on March 19th and was creamated. I feel her loss so severe and I guess I feel when the dead in Christ shall rise, and her body is burned to ashes, maybe that would send her to hell for burning her body. I love her dearly and miss her. I just think she should have been burried, not burned
---Donna9759 on 3/28/06

If you are worried about this, just what is it that you think is the problem?

Whether you are die in a house fire, lost at sea, eaten by wild animals or die peacefully at home the end result is the same. Our bodies will decompose in time and cease to exist. How they get to that state and how long it takes is insignificant. Gen 3:19
---Bruce5656 on 3/28/06

Rebecca, I looked up those scriptures and they talk about burning elements, the earth, and material things, not people. I am worried because Christians are creamating loved ones because they want to be, but is it really God's will?
---Donna9759 on 3/28/06

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