Is Cremation Forbidden?

Q. I was speaking to a Christian friend who said in their church they are going to do a Bible Study on cremation. I would like to know what Scriptures says in this regard. At death will we be condemned for cremating our body?

A. In the past it was thought that by cremating one’s body there would be nothing left for God to raise at the Resurrection, as if such a thing would exceed God’s abilities. But even a casual understanding of the embalming and burial process reveals that it creates just as big a problem as cremation. Then there’s the fact that within a short period of time after burial a dead body decomposes to dust.

Speaking of our body, the Bible says

“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return” (Genesis 3:19)

In summary, there isn’t any Biblical basis for this view, therefore there can be no condemnation for having a dead body cremated.

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