The practice of cremation has sparked diverse opinions among Christians, stirring a debate that interweaves biblical interpretation, tradition, and modern practicality.

Today we posted this video on our social media accounts and here are some of the responses we got:

One person wrote, 

”I went to a funeral of a family member a few weeks ago and my wife and I talked about this. I don’t want my body to be pumped full of chemicals just to get thrown in the ground to take up space for the next several hundred years. After I die, I have no problem getting cremated and my ashes spread wherever my loved ones choose. This is just my earthly body. My soul and spirit are in heaven, and that’s what matters.”

 

Another wrote,

“I would like to be laid to rest in the ground on my own property.

Yes, cremation does come from pagan practices.

Cremation has faulty practices as well.

Simple Pine box please. Our bodies naturally begin to decompose on their own. That is what Candida overgrowth is for. My body will naturally do its thing just as God intended it to“

This article aims to present both sides of the controversy surrounding cremation and suggests a path forward for those grappling with this decision.

 

Arguments Against Cremation from a Biblical Viewpoint

For more in-depth explorations of these views, readers can refer to various articles like “Is Cremation a Sin for Christians?” by GotQuestions.org (here), “Against Cremation” by Front Porch Republic (here), and more.

 

Arguments for the Acceptability of Cremation for Christians

Articles providing further insights include “The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Cremation” by The Gospel Coalition (here), “Christian Perspective on Cremation” by National Cremation (here), among others.

 

A Suggested Path Forward

Given the complexity of this theological debate, it’s crucial for individuals to approach this decision thoughtfully. With prayerful consideration and seeking counsel from a trusted spiritual advisor. We should all respect that there are different perspectives within the Christian community regarding this issue and because there isn’t a clear biblical prohibition we should be tolerant of those who see things differently.  

 

Ultimately, whether to choose cremation or burial is a deeply personal decision that each individual must make based on their understanding, beliefs, and circumstances.  We hope this article was helpful and have left links to other resources to aid you in exploring the topic.

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