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What are Baptist views of cremation?


What are Baptist views of cremation?
Name: Lindaforchrist
Add a little more detail (optional): I am considerating being cremation when I die. The OT teaches creamation is used for the worst of the worst. What are NT teachings?


9 Comments

I hope this is "Linda" of several years back. We had some great discussions, are you one and the same?

I found no precise direction in the Bible regarding it, so I think there can be no definitive answer.
However, I do believe that whenever the Bible speaks about cremation it is associates with false religion.
I would therefore counsel that burial would be preferable, but in these says, some places no longer offer burial, or burial is a far more expensive option.
Unfortunately, things like expense must be considered these days.
Also, God is powerful - I doubt very much that cremation would stop His will at the resurrection.

So basically, burial preferred by example; cremation not definitively commanded against.

Hope this helps.

Dave

Dave would you be so kind as to provide the scripture basis for your thoughts.

Ma'am, it should not matter what Baptists think, it's what does God's Word say on the subject.  It's a no no.

 

http://www.wayoflife..._god_think.html

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 

Once you die, all that is left is a shell, the body.  It doesn't matter what you do to it.  You are with God.  1 Cor. 6:19-20 is speaking of the living.  After death, we are absent from the body and present with the Lord.  I will be cremated if I die before He comes to get us.  I prefer to go with the Uppertaker than the Undertaker but that is His call, not mine.  My bags are packed either way. 

Once you die, all that is left is a shell, the body.  It doesn't matter what you do to it.  You are with God.  1 Cor. 6:19-20 is speaking of the living.  After death, we are absent from the body and present with the Lord.  I will be cremated if I die before He comes to get us.  I prefer to go with the Uppertaker than the Undertaker but that is His call, not mine.  My bags are packed either way. 

 

That "shell" was created in God's image, to me it would be like burning Christ himself.  Even at death when the spirit has left the body it still is a creation of a holy God.

 

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 

There is an entire chapter on cremation in the following book.  The book itself is about how we are to view the human body.  There have been denominations that in times past wrote entire positions on cremation when working in cultures where cremation was predominant.  The Apostle Paul also wrote regarding the treatment of the dead to a culture steeped in the use of cremation.   The views expressed above that sound like Klingons (The body is an empty shell, dispose of it as you like) are not biblical.  Allowing money to be your god to determine what you do with the image of God is pragmatism, not biblical guidance.   https://www.smashwor...oks/view/315320

In time through decomposing, doesn't the body turn into dust anyway?  What if a person dies and is burned in a fire?  Dust.


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