Cremation and the bible
What does the bible say about cremation?
There is no precise definition in the Bible with regards to cremation as a way to dispose of the dead. There is also no scriptural mention that prohibits the practice. In fact, one can argue that the Bible does not favor nor forbids the process.
Despite this, a lot of Christians still believe that having their bodies cremated would make them ineligible for resurrection. However, some people refute this notion since the body will still decompose even if traditional burial gets chosen.
Cremation in the Bible
Individuals who favor cremation argue that since nothing is impossible with an all-powerful God, resurrecting someone from the dead, even after cremation, should not be difficult. Moreover, they state that it doesn’t matter whether one gets buried or cremated since it is a person’s spiritual body which enters Heaven, and never the physical one.
There are also several instances in the Bible where burning of the body after death were shown, such as what happened to Saul and his son Jonathan. Their already mutilated bodies had been cremated to protect them from the enemies’ ridicule.
Another example would be that of Achan and his household, who disobeyed orders and chose instead to take the spoil during the battle of Jericho. After they had got stoned to death, their bodies were cremated.
However, it is interesting to note that in general, the practice of cremation mentioned in the Bible was done more to serve as punishment more than an honor. Burial is the standard practice for disposing of a dead body.
In fact, some people argue that the process of cremation gets anchored on the pagan belief that burning serves as purification of the spirit. Plus, it also helps veer away from evil entities and prevents the dead person from returning as a ghost.
Cremation in the Modern Times
Nowadays, cremation is still the easiest options available for the finally disposing the body after death. Although less than five percent of all the American families select cremation, and almost 50% consider this option in countries like England and Japan.
The truth is funeral arrangements are not much different from the standard burial. In most cases, the body is viewable before the funeral, and a small worship service gets arranged with the remains of the deceased present.
A Matter of Choice
At the end of the day, cremation is more of an individual’s personal choice. In fact, you may also view it in a cultural and philosophical perspective, instead of a Biblical one.
Just keep in mind though that when contemplating on cremation as a possible option, give consideration to all who may be affected by your decision. Consider the opinions of other family members who may have strong feelings on the subject. The death of a loved one is hard enough, and you certainly won’t like to bring further distress.