Is Cremation Biblical?

I have been in ministry now for over 3 decades. In that time, I cannot count how many “life moments” I have had to walk individuals and families through. From the joyful moments of weddings and baby dedications, to the tragedy of decisions such as the continuation of life support for loved ones.

So many times, from grieving family members, and even young ministers and pastors in the ministry assisting a family in their plans, I have heard the question asked.

Is cremation an option for believers?

I will be posting a biblical perspective on this, but want to know your (anonymous) opinion.

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9 thoughts on “Is Cremation Biblical?”

  1. A cremated person is no less than anyone who died 3000 years ago– both are dust. How can burial only be more than preference. The recent cremation of a love only reinforced more that they are not at the cemetery.

  2. Well, I think cremation is not Biblical. I’ve learned that cremation was from buddhism. In Korea, many buddhism choose cremation. But, thesedays, cremation is kind of nation’s policy. Because there is no enough burial land, so nation supports cremtion. it’s confused…Even though my mom don’t want that way, I think it doesn’t matter.

  3. I believe that cremation is not biblical. Genesis 3:19 settles it for me.
    Genesis 3:19 AMP
    “In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you shall return.”

  4. Bible does not give specifics whether it’s good or bad. We may also need to consider that some Christians in other countries may not be able to afford a burial because of economical reasons. Also what if a Christian dies in a fire? I believe our God who is omniscient has already catered for this.

  5. The issue is not whether an individual died in a fire. The question is “Is cremation biblical? Looking at the scriptures carefully will reveal to us that creation is not biblical. There is a difference between a person being burned alive buy Nero, dieing in a a house fire , or choosing to be cremated.

    Cremation departs from the common biblical practice of burial. Overwhelmingly the record of Scripture attests to the practice of burying the dead, often reporting on the great care that was taken to do so. Here are some examples:

    1) Abraham buried his wife Sarah, purchasing property in Canaan at high cost to do it (Gen. 23:1-20).

    2) Though he died in Egypt, Jacob asked to be buried on the same plot of ground where Abraham and Isaac were buried, and this request was honoured (Gen. 49:29–50:13).

    3) Joseph was buried in Canaan too. Even though it took many years for this to be accomplished, eventually his mummified remains were buried in the Promised Land (Gen. 50:24-26; Exod. 13:19; Josh. 24:32). (Carrying an urn of ashes all through the 40 years in the wilderness would have been much easier!)

    4) Even God Himself practised burial. He buried the body of Moses in an undisclosed location (Deut. 34:5-6).

    5) Joshua was buried (Josh. 24:29-30), as was Eleazar, the son of Aaron, around the same time (Josh. 24:33).

    6) Samuel was buried (1 Samuel 25:1).

    7) King David was buried (1 Kings 2:10).

    8) John the Baptist was buried (Matthew 14:10-12).

    9) The Lord Jesus was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimethea. The careful treatment of His body in burial should be pondered (Jn. 19:38-42; cf. Isa. 53:9). There was loving respect and a quiet dignity in the actions of those early believers.

    10) Ananias and Sapphira were buried (Acts 5:5-10).

    11) Stephen was buried (Acts 8:2).

    12) In prophecy, “Gog and Magog” will attack Israel and be defeated, and the Jews will carefully bury the bodies of their dead enemies–a process taking seven months–and the Lord will commend them for doing this (Ezek. 39:11-15).

    13) For a body not to have a proper burial was, in Bible times, a sign of disgrace. This is what happened to wicked Ahab and his wife, the Baal-worshipping Jezebel, and their descendants (I Kgs. 21:21-24; cf. II Kgs. 9:37; see also I Kgs. 13:22, and Jer. 16:5-6).Source: http://www.wordwise-bible-studies.com/cremation.html

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