CHRISTIAN CREMATION: WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS + VIEWPOINTS
Perhaps one of the biggest questions about the death of a Christian is whether cremation is biblical. Many people fear that their loved ones will not be allowed to enter eternal life if their earthly body is burned. Others believe that, because it isn’t traditional, it should not even be considered. This topic leaves a lot of people confused or frustrated. Is it possible to conclude? Okay, I assume so.
Is it okay for Christians to cremate after they die? It is neither immoral nor wrong to cremate. When a born-again believer is cremated, he or she does not solely go to hell because of cremation. It doesn’t matter whether one is cremated or buried in Christ. God is greater than burial and cremation, and He can either revive or create a new promised body out of either. There is no bearing on the eternal destination because of something that happened to the body after death. Nonetheless, it may not be the right option depending on the context of the Bible.
DECIDING FACTOR OF ETERNAL DESTINATION
If we die, we’re either going to end up in heaven or hell. Our soul is going to flee the body and be plunged into eternal life. It is necessary to note that our eternal destination is not affected by anything that happens to our earthly bodies. Our eternal destination is dependent on our faith in Christ. If we are found in Christ in our time of death, we shall receive eternal life. Yet if we do not trust ourselves in Him, we will earn everlasting death.
THE MARTYR OBJECTION
Whether you’re buried or cremated, it doesn’t affect your final destination. It’s also comforting to note as we consider horrific things that happened to people’s physical bodies after they died, such as mutilation and other heinous crimes. Our eternal destinations are not affected by these kinds of things.
Perhaps the countless martyrs of faith would be a vital example of this. As a result, many Christians were burned at stake because of the spread of the Gospel. If cremation could affect one’s redemption, then it would be logical to say that martyrs cannot receive a new body as well as salvation because their earthly one has been burned. It cannot be so because God, realizing what His people would suffer, would bring back their redemption from man’s work.
The apostle Paul comforted the believers of the New Testament in Romans 8:35-39, saying, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Based on this scripture, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Not even the body-modifying effects of persecution. In addition to cremation, other forms of persecution could leave a person barely recognizable or untouched. If our worldly body’s results could dissuade our new bodies from coming, many will be without Christ’s hope.
One piece of knowledge that is important to note is that one day we’re going to get a new body. Those who are in Christ are going to be resurrected from the dead and be given new bodies. I’m not entirely sure how that will happen, but I’m speculating that your body would break through the grave if you were buried. That’s going to be a very cool sight to see. Then your soul is going to be reunited with your body. I’m hypothesizing that if you’re cremated, all the ashes that have scattered will come together and turn into a new body. Your soul is going to be reunited with your body.
It’s irrelevant whether you’re buried or cremated, our soul will be reunited with our body, and if you are a follower of Jesus, you will have a new body. This is going to be a perfect body, similar to the body that Jesus had after He rose from the dead. He could walk through the walls. He had a healthy body that was not affected by sickness or disease. We’re going to have a great body like that. What a glorious day this is going to be.
DOES CREMATION MATTER?
It is necessary to realize that your life is not influenced by whether or not you are buried or cremated. With that in mind, many people will say, “It doesn’t matter, do whatever you want! These people may be right. There can be no simple right or wrong answer. This can feel that the topic has a small effect. However, there is always a better alternative and a better basis for comparison.
I don’t ask myself whether it’s right or wrong. I ask myself if it’s the safest way to do it. There is no question that it is not immoral to be cremated. It’s not the wrong thing. It’s perfectly right if you want to be cremated. If you have loved ones that have passed on and are cremated, you should not be afraid of their souls. You do not feel guilty or remorseful that they have done something wrong. Not one of these is designed to make you feel bad or unfavorable. That’s why I want to make it clear. It is not wrong or immoral to be cremated.
While it is not wrong or immoral, it should always be questioned whether it is acceptable. Usually, I recommend that people follow the teachings of the Bible if there is confusion. In this scenario, this would be burial over cremation. I will recommend that people bury their dead wherever possible, as this is a biblical standard. Looking through the Old Testament, we see God’s people burying their dead. all the pagan nations will burn their dead. It is one of how the Israelites were distinctive and stood out from the nations around them.
We will also seek to follow the example of the men of God wherever possible. For gray areas that are not certain and believe there is a small influence, I pursue biblical trends. In particular, I look at the early church and its fathers, the Old Testament prophets, and God’s people in the New Testament. Even if I don’t understand why they did it, I try to follow their example because I think it’s perfect. There is a reason why the men of God have observed those patterns in the history of the Scriptures. In our lives, we will try to follow biblical guidelines wherever and whenever we can.
BENEFIT OF BURIAL
If anyone sees their loved one buried, it’s going to bring closure. This can be potentially beneficial in the healing process. I’ve lost people close to me, and maybe you’ve lost them as well. Based on research, seeing someone buried has the power to aid in the healing process when you move forward. This work is not well-founded but should be considered for the intent and benefit of burial.
Finally, between burial and cremation, you are free to choose what you think is best. My choice will be to choose burial, as I believe it is in line with the biblical pattern.
BENEFITS OF CREMATION
Cremation is noted to be considerably cheaper than conventional burial procedures. Also, cremation will make the duration of the ceremony more flexible. Cremation is compact and can generate more options for a final resting spot. Many people want their bodies or ashes to be placed in a special or similar location after death. Cremation will make this a possibility when the conventional burial is limited. Cremation also saves space on the ground and has been recognized as being more environmentally friendly.
The advantage is based more on personal preferences. Some family members don’t want their last encounter with their loved ones to be lifeless. Because of this, they may choose cremation (if their loved one so desired). Others, however, may benefit from a traditional burial because it gives clarity and truth to the incident that has just taken place. Denial is a common result of the death of someone’s loved one. By seeing the body buried, they may be encouraged to conclude earlier.
OLD TESTAMENT REFERENCES ABOUT BURIAL
There are many verses in the Old Testament concerning death and burial. As I said earlier, we should learn from the biblical trend that we see. These accounts of the Old Testament give us reason to follow the burial custom that the fathers of the faith practiced. We can see that burial was an important part of their life and responsibility as a progeny. It was respectful and meaningful for the deceased’s family to bury their dead as they wished.
HERE ARE SOME BIBLE REFERENCES IN THE OLD TESTAMENTS:
Genesis 23:4 says, “I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”
Genesis 23:6 says, “Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchers bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulcher, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.”
Genesis 23:20 says, “And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a burying place by the sons of Heth.”
Genesis 50:5 says, “My father made me swear saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have dug for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now, therefore, let me go up, I pray thee and bury my father, and I will come again.”
NEW TESTAMENT REFERENCES ABOUT DEATH, THE ETERNAL LIFE, AND BURIAL
In the tradition of burying the dead, the New Testament continues. After His death, Jesus Himself was buried. The New Testament also speaks a great deal about eternal life and what happens to one’s body and spirit after they die. Both scriptures claim that nothing will divide us from God. This is not explicitly mentioned, but it can be implicitly inferred that cremation cannot distinguish us from God.
HERE ARE SOME BIBLE REFERENCES IN THE NEW TESTAMENTS:
Mark 14:8 says, “She did what she could. She came before me to anoint my body for burial.
John 11:25-26 says, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
Romans 14:8 states, “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.”
Acts 8:2 says, “And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.”
1 Corinthians 15:40 says, “There are also celestial bodies and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.”
While cremation is not a sin and is not inherently wrong, it can be inferred that it is not the conventional model that our overarching family of faith has embraced. If we strive to follow the values of the Bible and the content we see in the Scriptures, we will take the established approach of burial. However, cremation can also be an option based on the preference of the deceased and his or her family. There is no known punishment for cremation that can be concluded through scripture.
Essentially, this depends on the individual’s belief, what they believe, and what they esteem. The choice between burial and cremation should be addressed in the family. Different factors need to be weighed before a final decision is made. There is neither the right answer nor the wrong answer, but there are choices and an option for each person.