Obviously, some doctrines include burial rites that presuppose a preserved corpse. However, many who understand that scripture is not to be taken as strictly literal when interpreting various passages, know that the actual physical body is NOT the important emphasis in certain passages about death. Starting in Eden, we know ‘death’ that came as a consequence of partaking of the ‘forbidden’ fruit was NOT immediate. Christ spoke of His body about to be ‘broken’ for the sins of mankind said of the bread He distributed to His disciples, “this is my body, take & eat of it” – certainly NOT His literal flesh. Scripture nowhere gives specific directions for the disposal of the body following death. Interment in Bible times followed as soon after death as possible, for obvious reasons related to decay. The Hebrews did not normally cremate, except in the case of Saul and his sons (1 Sam. 31:11-13). Of course Christians show respect for the body, although the soul has moved on
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