Is Cremation Biblical

One of the purposes of this blog page is to try to answer some of the questions many of us have. One of the questions I have often been asked is: "Is it ok for a Christian to be cremated?"
 
The Bible says nothing about a required way of burial for either believers or non-believers.  However, because of the imagery of Christ's resurrection and burial, and then a raising up from the dead (Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4), many Christians prefer burial to cremation to maintain a likeness to Christ's burial.
 
There are some believers that object to the practice of cremation on the basis it does not recognize that one day God will resurrect our bodies and re-unite them with our soul/spirit (1 Corinthians 15:35-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).
But, the fact that a body has been cremated does not make it any more difficult for God to resurrect that body. The bodies of Christians who died a thousand years ago have, by now, completely turned into dust. This will in no way prevent God from being able to resurrect their bodies. He created them in the first place; He will have no difficulty re-creating them. Cremation does nothing but “expedite” the process of turning a body into dust. God is equally able to raise a person’s remains that have been cremated as He is the remains of a person who was not cremated.
 
So, the question of burial or cremation is within the realm of Christian freedom. If a family is considering this issue, they should pray for wisdom (James 1:5) and then follow the conviction that results from that prayer.
 
What we need to focus on, as Christians, is not so much how to dispose of our earthly bodies, but that one day new bodies will be fashioned for us like our Lord's glorious resurrection body. (Philippians 3:21; Luke 24:30-40; John 20:19, 26; 21:1-14; and Acts 1:1-9) can give you a great idea of what to look forward to.  And praise the Lord, that transformation will be eternal!

In His Grip, Pastor Ted

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