Creation Survey Results

 

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Not sure don’t remember anybody being cremated after death in the bible?
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I am considering cremation b/c I would like for every usuable organ to be used for transplant. If I exit this world for any other reason than natural cause then I want my body to be donated to science. I am not sure if or not creation is biblical. I will follow the of the Word.
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I would like to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’. I was told that us Christians should not. I never looked it up or thought to investigate what God say’s in His word about cremation. On the other hand, if our Spirit is alive with Christ, when we die our bodies go back to dust, I don’t see why we can’t. Every thing is going to burn up one day!
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Wow P. Tim! Never really gave it any thought? God knows we are simply dust…what about those Christians who died at sea or even became fish bait? I guess to willfully incinerate the temple of the Holy Spirit isn’t the right thing to do…I’ll defer to hear your follow-up.
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I do not know. I have been a Christian for a long time and our family has chosen that. I am not sure what the Bible says? My choice has been cremation…they can remember me as I was in life and I will take up no space on the earth.
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Not sure, always thought I had to be planted, as seed to be changed. I cannot wait to hear your biblical response. Thanks!
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I also am a Christian and have an only child and as a parent I would prefer being cremated, and have memorial service. I thought that when you die your spirit leaves your body. I spoken to my daughter and would not want to put her in the situation where she would have make arrangements to buy a casket and everything else that goes with preparing for a funeral. As a Christian I would love to know if cremation is against God’s word
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Not sure

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I don’t recall anywhere in the bible where it is exemplified??? Everyone that comes to mind was buried….so, I have to go with no being the answer. can’t wait to see the next post.
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We will have physical bodies for eternity, so it would seem that we should “preserve” our bodies….but God can/will re-form our bodies, whether decayed or burned. i.e. it doesn’t matter.
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If it’s my decision to make, my answer is no.
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God is interested in our life while we are alive not in our body after death. We are going to have a new body anyway. He doesn’t need the one we have right now to make a new one. It doesn’t make hard for God to resurrect the people who are cremated like someone mentioned. What happens then with people who die in fire????? I think is a personal choice. I think this topic is like having a Christmas tree for Christmas….so not important for God.
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I agreed w option 4. but wanted to comment. Won’t everything in the physical be burned up? pass away? All that will remain is spiritual anyway. What’s the difference if our bodies are returned to the earth to decay in soil, or decay from ash to soil? I don’t think it matters
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Abraham buried Sarah. I think burial shows respect for the body that had been the tabernacle for the spirit. I don’t know that cremation is sin, but I would discourage believers from doing it.
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I think that it depends on the belief systems of the surrounding culture. Joseph requested that his bones go with the people of Israel when they would, in the future leave Egypt…and later, Ruth in her expressions of love for Naomi..talked about being buried where Naomi would be buried… In the case of Saul, the men of Jabesh Gilead, burned his flesh ( is that cremation?) and then buried his bones……Now, i am thinking about people who were burnt up in the Bible, and ultimately suffered a hasty “burial”..I am thinking of the people in Sodom, the prophets Baal with Elijah….it seems that those people were not covenant people…and that the use of fire was an act of judgement against them. Now I am thinking about the new covenant people…the martyrs…some were stoned, some were burnt at the stake….what happened to their bodies? Were their ashes collected and buried…Were there facilities then to accommodate that kind of action? Did their families know in advance that that would have been their outcome so as to have made burial arrangements? I am told that in places such as India and Nepal, cremations are done openly and the height of the wood stacked on the dead person as directly related to the social status of the person being cremated. In those countries, where cremation is one of their religious expressions, (Hinduism) then I would think that a Christian burial would be a testimony,since it would provide a perfect back drop,and representation of our hope as believers. Our bodies are buried,as Christ’s was, but we will rise again…as Christ did. So,….i think my best answer would be…barring financial challenges, if cremation is going to glorify Christ in the culture that looks on,..and if it would represent or testify of Christ in any way….go ahead. Do all to the glory of God…..I kinda think that that might include how you plan for the final deposition of your body…..Now that I am thinking this through, I am thinking that cremation is not an option for Christians when it is time for funeral preparations.
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“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 — God’s best were burned at the stake, sawed in half, decapitated and, yes, crucified. They didn’t have to answer to a jury of theologians about the manner of their death. My point? Focus on LIVING.
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I think it can be, if the person (as a human made in God’s image) is still treated with respect. I don’t believe scattering their ashes “wherever” is respectful, though. Keeping ashes in an urn is no less disrespectful of God’s creation than burying an empty shell in the ground.
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Just about all the christians I know are against cremation because they believe it is against the word of God. I am not sure of this answer. I do know that it is so difficult on folks these days when a loved one passes because the whole process is so commercialized and the bottom line is always about the money. I look forward to your teaching on this topic. God Bless!
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A cremated person is no less than some who died over 3000 years ago. Both are dust. How can we defend burial only.
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I don’t think God needs your body intact in order for him to give you a glorified body. Didn’t they used to burn heretics at the stake to “make sure” they were damned? As if you could trump God’s will.

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