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Posted On: 2016-10-26 14:34:23
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How do christians view cremation?

Should Christians keep their body in tact when they die? Or is it OK to be cremated or even donate ones body parts?

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1 year 6 months ago

The real question is do we come back to life in another Body?
And the answer is Yes, if you have done good in your current life.
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1 year 6 months ago

Our bodies return to dust so cremation is just a quicker way to do that.
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1 year 6 months ago

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 โ€˜deathโ€™ that came as a consequence of partaking of the โ€˜forbiddenโ€™ fruit was NOT immediate. Christ spoke of His body about to be โ€˜brokenโ€™ for the sins of mankind said of the bread He distributed to His disciples, โ€œthis is my body, take & eat of itโ€ โ€“ 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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1 year 6 months ago
to an eternal destiny, the body is the tangible reminder of that person. Since, the body is destined for resurrection, transformation, & ultimate reunion with the soul, many are intent at preserving the body. The miracle of resurrection is no less glorious for corpses that have become literal ash, whether through thousands of years of internment in a grave, a tomb, or a sceplecure โ€“ or more immediately placed in an urn. The phrase โ€œashes to ashes & dust to dustโ€ is often used at funerals.
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1 year 6 months ago
This saying comes from two scriptures: โ€œโ€ฆfor dust thou art, & unto dust shalt thou returnโ€ โ€“ Gen. 3:19 & โ€œโ€ฆI have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashesโ€ โ€“ Gen 18:27. Since we will all return to dust we will also be raised again, does it matter whether a believer is cremated or whether they are buried? On the day when God judges both the living and the dead (Rev. 20:11-15) ALL will be raised regardless of the type of disposal of their bodies.
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1 year 6 months ago
There is nothing sinful about being cremated; the Bible is silent as to whether this is sin or not. Customarily, most Christians are buried but this is not a restriction on those who chose to be cremated. That is strictly up to the family or the last wishes of the person that is deceased.
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1 year 6 months ago
Donation of body parts is also NOT mentioned in scripture, but to provide essential parts to prolong life with that which is 'gifted' by the deceased is quite altruistic & Christlike. To GIVE is perhaps as great as to LOVE.
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1 year 6 months ago
I agree, because GOD our father is the ultimate judge and is able to more than what we can comprehend.

Thank you.
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1 year 6 months ago
Boots51 - I'm curious, why you (a proprietor of boot sales) should post to this forum such a Question? Please elaborate. Peace!
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1 year 6 months ago
Dear Mjthompson,

As a true believer in GOD almighty and the new world according to the word our bodies are our temple, this is why I was somewhat confused as to whether cremation or body donation would sit right in GODS eyes? However, you have convinced me that GOD is a loving being.
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1 year 6 months ago
Botts61 - Thank you for responding. While I appreciate your respect & consideration of my posted information, my sincere hope is that the Holy Spirit is the true source of your convictions - I am not qualified to 'convince' anyone regarding your generous conclusion = "GOD is a loving being". Peace!
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