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Can Christians Be Cremated

Is it all right to be cremated when we died or should we be buried?

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Jesus told us what we need to know through words and actions. Although His body was entombed He never said that we were to be entombed. Only the rich were able to have a tomb...the common man was buried. Jesus also walked almost everywhere. That doesn't mean that we can't skip just because He didn't skip or never spoke of it. The Bible warns about many things...cremation is not one of them.
---Laura on 10/21/09

ashes to ashes dust to dust

cremation creates dust much quicker than a burial in the ground

the bodies of christians from 1000 years ago are pure dust

although cremation is a pagan practice that was not part of ancient Israel there is nothing in Gods Word that condemns

many people die every year without having bodies recovered for burial
---Rhonda on 10/17/09

Cremation is cheaper and cleaner. But I would prefer a burial,if possible. Insurance is getting more and more expensive. Paying for a funeral is a huge expense. But we should prepare for some type of end of life arrangements. I have not found anything in the bible against cremation. I have read the Bible, at least one time, all the way through.
I think it is an individual choice.
---Robyn on 10/15/09

While Christianity, in recent history has allowed cremation, it is not in the Christian tradition. Burial is the tradition of Jewish and Christian tradition as outlined in Old and New Testament. Burial was specified and described in the Bible in every situation. Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, David, Jesus Christ and Stephan are all described. The issue is not the ability of God to perform a physical resurrection of the body in Heaven, but the testimony that burial represents. Christian burial presents an opportunity for the Believer to testify to the fact that they have served a physically resurrected Christ and as a demonstration of the scriptural mandate, "it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body." 1 Corinthians15:44
---Dennis on 8/23/09

Sure,its not the body in the grave that
will be judged.Its our spiritual bodies
that will be judged.So it don't matter
one way nor the other.
---Jack_8773 on 1/5/08

Hello Dear Cynthia, Some angels are just too good for this ol, earth and are taken to a MUCH BETTER PLACE, He has just graduated earlier then the rest of us, but I just cannot wait for what I beleive will be a very soon FAMILY REUNION when we all get to Heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be!!! Halleluiah. It's hard while on earth, we think of them, dream of them and LOVE them. California, with its fires, no bones about it they got instant cremation, an atomic bomb, anything can and does happen.
---Whisper on 11/28/07

Those who think that burial is Christ like and that is what we should do, then we should also abstain from filling corpses with chemicals to preserve them and stop putting make up and lipstick on them to make them look alive. Christ was put in a tomb not in the ground.
---randy on 11/28/07


I agree with my friend Cynthia. (By the way Cynthia, what you wrote about our God was beautiful! I too am sorry to hear of your son's passing.)

Our God is an omnipotent God. He is the great Creator God (Isa 40:28). He is all knowing. If one of his is blown up, or eaten by a lion, or by a shark, or burned at the stake, or sawn asunder (Heb 11:37), etc. He is able to put them back together better than before (1 Thes. 5:23, 1 Cor 15:42-58).

Lord bless you,
---trey on 11/26/07

Hi Cynthia, I am sooooooo sorry about your son, dear. :( I knew before but my heart breaks for you honey and you're in my prayers.
---Mary on 11/26/07

Blessings bobba, my son was cremated last year. Whisper does bring out a good point, her father was cremated and he was a Christian, so was my son. When we leave our bodies, our soul is ushered into Heaven to be with the Lord for eternity, and when the Rapture of the Saints occurs, God can raise the body that you once occupied, no matter whether you were cremated, or consumed by a lion. If you are IN CHRIST, nothing is impossible for God. God Bless friend!
---Cynthia on 11/26/07

At the resurection, we are raised in new incorruptible bodies. Our old corruptible bodies are of no further use to us, so it shouldn't matter. The New Testament makes no comment about the issue.
---StrongAxe on 11/26/07

The disposition of human remains has no ecclesiastical consequences. God gives his elect a new resurrection body fit for a heavenly environment at the time of the general resurrection. Some people are buried, some cremated, others buried at sea, Some bodies are never recovered for Christian disposition of remains. I does not matter you are getting a new body appropriate for a totally different environment. God will handle the problem don't be concerned about it.
---notlaw99 on 11/25/07

I have personally told my family that if I die before Jesus comes, just take the cheapest route :-)...Who cares anyway? I'll be in heaven, rejoicing in God's presence!!! Praise the Lord! 2nd Cor. 5:8
---danna9955 on 11/25/07

I was wondering about the rapture and how cremated bodies would be raised, but Whisper made a great point about Christians who have been burnt in fires...they will be raised too. So, I too believe it is a matter of what one prefers. I cannot think of anything in the Bible that instructs one way or another because it's the soul that matters, not the body.
---danna9955 on 11/25/07

I would prefer to have a burial. A simple one but a burial. Cremation is a cheap and cleaner way to be put away after death though. I think it is a personal decision each person has to make on their own. Is it right for a Christian? I would say a Christian should have a burial and not a cremation. If possible.
---Robyn on 11/25/07

Jesus was buried. So it would be like Him we should be.
I would want to do it the Jesus way.
---lisa on 11/25/07

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If Jesus is the way, the truth, the life---then would it not follow thatburial rather than cremation would be the wise choice? Where in scripture do we find the answers to the question of cremation vs burial?
---timothy on 11/25/07

If Jesus is the way, the truth, the life---then would it not follow thatburial rather than cremation would be the wise choice? Where in scripture do we find the answers to the question of cremation vs burial?
---timothy on 11/25/07

If Jesus is the way, the truth, the life---then would it not follow thatburial rather than cremation would be the wise choice? Where in scripture do we find the answers to the question of cremation vs burial?
---timothy on 11/25/07

This question is interesting. In line with this let me pose another question. Does it make any difference where one is buried? If not, why did Joseph want his bones taken back to land given to Israel?
---Mima on 11/25/07

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God never gave instructions to burn a body unless it was for judgement. The Biblical way is in a tomb or burrial. Just think, if you have a tombstone, there can be a message on it and you could still evangelize after your death. I have also led people to the Lord at a gravesite but never over ashes. The phrase "dust to dust and ashes to ashes" isn't in the Bible, only "dust to dust" because that's what we are made of.
---john on 11/25/07

I say it is is only a process of fast forwarding the decomplosition of the body to dust again..after all, God created us from dust and from dust to dust we return after why not? we waste too much valuable land on ugly graves etc and what an eyesore it is..It is far better to remember your loved ones in you heart where it will never ugly tomb etc in time gets tatty and ugly and untended..its ok to cremate am sure.
---jana on 11/25/07

Some early Christian martyrs were burned at the stake. Some of the Lord's followers have been lost at sea or simply disappeared on a distant mission field. Why would it matter? We have ETERNAL life.
---DonnaS on 11/24/07

It depends on if a person wants to be cremated or want a burial. It doesn't matter really. We won't be going back in our old bodies so I don't see the harm. Our flesh goes back to dust anyhow. Joshua was cremated after he was stoned to death. Saul and his sons were cremated. Grant it I don't know if they wanted their bodies to be burned but it has nothing to do with where the soul ends up.
---Rebecca_D on 11/24/07

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In my oppinion a person can be cremated,after all if a person dies and goes to hell his body's going to whats the difference.and in the end time this world is suppose to be distroyed by fire so that means people too.
---judy on 11/24/07

It is neither here nor there, my dad was cremated and he was a Christian, that was his wish. Many people Are killed in fires, Miraculously they will be raised again, when their bodys and spirits join again when Christ soon returns again.
---Whisper on 11/24/07

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