Is Cremation Wrong?

Q. I was wondering does the Word say anything about cremation, if it is right or wrong?  I have been thinking of having myself cremated when I die.  My family does not need the added expense of a funeral.   I only have children and no spouse.  It is just a body; my soul will be with Jesus.

A. There is nothing in the Bible that says you can’t be cremated if you die before the Rapture.  In the past, some in the Church believed that God could not resurrect cremated bodies but that was before we learned that He doesn’t put our spirit back our original body no matter how it was disposed of.  A cremated body simply turns to dust more quickly than one buried in the ground.

Today much of the bias against cremation concerns what some say is a lack of respect for a body that God has sanctified, but there is no Biblical basis for that, either. When Paul wrote that our body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19) he meant our living body, not our dead one.

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven not built by human hands (2 Cor. 5:1).

In this verse, Paul compared the body our spirit lives in here on Earth to a tent, a temporary dwelling. If it gets destroyed (dies) God will give our spirit a new body, a permanent dwelling, in which our spirit will live in heaven forever.

 

 

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