[by Greg Perry]
Yesterday, a friend asked me this question:
Is cremation wrong?
He meant it in the context of Scripture. He wanted to know if there was Scriptural evidence against it.
I Don’t Know – But As Usual, I Answered Anyway
I’ve never considered this.
I searched my memory of the Bible and nothing came to mind on the topic one way or the other. I could have googled some sites. I could have performed a deep analysis on Logos.
Instead, I just winged it.
I’m open to reproof and correction. If you see problems with my answer, please leave comments.
The Roman Catholics say it’s a sin against the body.
Scripture often shows that our physical bodies are only vessels. Our bodies are houses of flesh with bars of bones
It’s our soul that is eternal. Our soul is what God cares about.
Perhaps some people think that cremation means our bodies can’t be resurrected into the new bodies we’re promised.
First of all, God could easily locate every molecule that was our body and put them right back, burned or not, if He wanted to.
But if cremation affected anyone’s soul, that means this: Anyone killed in a fire can never be in Heaven.
That is ludicrous.
So my conclusion is: cremation is meaningless in the scheme of things.