November 25, 2008

Q and A 2.0 Revisited: #15--Cremation

What does God think about cremation?

It really burns Him up. Zing! Just kidding.

There is no specific teaching about cremation in the Bible. There are some instances in the Old Testament of people being burned to death and of human bones being burned, but this is not cremation. It is, however, mentioned in 2 Kings 23:16-20 that burning human bones on an altar desecrates that altar.

Cremation was practiced in Biblical times, but it was not common for the Israelites or New Testament believers to have it done. Burial was by far the most common way of disposing bodies.

So should we do it?

One day God will resurrect our bodies and reunite them with our souls. The fact that a body was cremated doesn’t make it any more difficult for God to resurrect that body. People who died 2000 years ago have already been turned to dust. All cremation does is speed up the process of turning your body to dust.

The answer to this question exists in the world of Christian freedom. Pray for wisdom and do what you feel is right before the Lord and for your family.

Some people try to make the case that people were burned in judgment, like fire reigning on Sodom and Gomorrah, etc. You can’t apply the same idea to cremation. God did the judging in the Bible, and by that logic, any body burned in a fire would displease God.

It’s not a salvation issue either, so don’t worry about it.

Next up, a question about our pets. Do animals go to heaven when they die? Check out all of the Q and A series here.

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