Change in 1963 Then again in 1963, the law was changed to allow cremation due to overcrowded cemeteries, sanitation hazards, and economical purposes. Cremation was even prohibited by the Catholic Church in the late nineteenth century. We feel it also a very strange statement, being made as it is by a pastor who professedly studies and believes the Bible. And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor. Now you know what the Bible says about burying your loved ones instead of burning them up in the fire. Therefore the body needs to be treated with respect.
Some people are concerned whether cremation stems from pagan religious practices, but as previously noted, the Bible neither condemns nor condones the practice. We can plan and save for a Christian burial and leave a last will and testament outlining our beliefs so that when we have each finished our race here on this earth, we can still have a witness at the end of our lives. For one thing, the verse says that the spirit of everyone who dies goes back to God who gave it. Deuteronomy 34:6: Moses God selected a burial site at a secret location in Moab for Moses. However, we should pray about how our lives can bring glory to God at the finish of our lives, as well as during our time on this earth. It is the act of reducing a dead body to ashes or consuming it with fire. Unless otherwise indicated, all content is licensed under a.
Before we draw a conclusion on this important subject, let us consider what the Bible has to say. It makes a difference to us too and that is why I would hope and pray that if you are not a believer in Christ, you might come to know Him today. There are examples of burning the bones of people 2 Kings 23:16-20 and Manasseh, one of the most evil kings of Israel, burned his own son in the fire 2 Kings 21:6 but this is not exactly befitting of the question of whether a believer should allow his or her body to be cremated after death. This article is not written to bring condemnation to any who have had loved ones cremated, as we understand the lack of knowledge on this subject and the stress of the moment and the lack of means for a burial could have led you and the family to that decision. Will you go to heaven if cremated? Even though the spirit has moved on to an eternal destiny, the body is the tangible reminder of all that a person meant to us. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today. Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change.
Obviously any buried body will eventually decompose Eccles. To be refused burial, in particular to have one's body eaten by wild animals, was a great dishonor 1 Kings 13:22; Jeremiah 16:6. After the Philistines killed King Saul and his sons in battle they took their bodies and nailed them to a city wall. If God did consider it to be a sin, he would have denounced it as He did with other imprudent religious customs. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. It's on an outdoor wall of the new chapel.
But again, it does not command that burial should be the only method. And after that God was intreated for the land. In much of the world, deaths are accompanied with some kind of memorial service. Why would you take what once housed the Spirit of the living God and burn it the same way heathens do? The costs associated with burial , burial plot, etc. Their bodies were to be consumed by animals and birds.
If the cremated remains are to be inurned, it is important to consider where and by whom they will be kept, as well as what will happen to them in the future. His popular book, Listening to the Voice of God, published by Bethany House, is in its second printing and is available in Thai and Portuguese. You have no Scriptural support at all over this. Burial, on the other hand, communicates something far more consistent with the Bible. You may do well to investigate why your family doesn't approve of your cremation choice.
Is it a Sin To Be Cremated? I am so very sorry for your loss. If a believer dies, they can know with certainty that their body — whether cremated or buried — will be resurrected back to a perfect state. The word cremation means to burn. As mentioned, the church did not believe in the because they associated it to the Romans and Greeks who they considered to be Pagans. For many years now, I have asked a lot of people about this subject and no one has been able to answer me. Common questions about being cremated Is being cremated a sin? The bones were contracting and popping; the bodily organs were frying and the juices sizzling in the intense heat.
Jessie and I could even hold hands together on the way up! Until recently burial prevailed almost universally as the common method for disposal of the dead in Western nations, and cremation was looked upon as something practiced only by atheists or those totally ignorant of the Bible. They are then finely ground into granule form. Remember that as you read these articles, the Holy Spirit will give you understanding and discernment to make the right decision for your walk with Jesus Christ! Rather than it being dishonorable to burn one's body after death, there are circumstances which make the act highly self-sacrificing 1Corinthians 13:3. My mother just traded in her outdoor burial plot for an indoor mausoleum space. The people of Gilead may have been worried that the Philistines might dig up the bodies and further desecrate them.
Is it an within a physical body? The current trend toward cremation is due in some measure to convenience and economics. Also, God can forgive any sin, but does that mean we should think nothing of sinning since we know we can be forgiven? We see in the Bible that the Patriarchs wanted their bones preserved and buried in Israel. It should communicate the hope of the church which is the future bodily resurrection. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day. The example is clearly there. We hope that it makes a difference.