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Is cremation allowed in the Bible?

First, we must know that in the early church many were burned at the stake by Caesar, the whole countryside was lit up with Christians on crosses with pitch burning. Rome's Catholic church also burned people they called heretics at the stake. Will God say their death was done wrong and punish them for what others did to them? In what way? What if a Christian today dies in a fire? Is it the means of burial or the act of death? I don't think God is legalistic on this.

The pagans often burned their dead, we do know the Egyptians and other cultures preserved their royalty to slow down the decomposing process. All bodies end up decomposing just as they would if they were burned, cremation simply speeds up the process, because after death the longer one is left in the ground the more the body would be end up like this quicker process.

2 Chron. 16:13-14 “So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign. They buried him in his own tomb, which he had made for himself in the City of David; and they laid him in the bed which was filled with spices and various ingredients prepared in a mixture of ointments. They made a very great burning for him. (NKJ)

 Many have different opinions exactly what this means. Yet if we are going to copy the Hebrews who buried the dead- they prepared bodies (even those executed) and buried them within the first day (Deut.21:23) It was unusual to wait longer and the preparation for the dead would have to be meticulously done. Then we also need to find caves not burial plots, no one does this today.

In Deut 13:16 they were told to burn an enemies city they conquered and never rebuild . They were told to burn those who were utterly wicked in their morality within the nation. Lev 20:14 'If a man marries a woman and her mother- They were ordered to be burned with fire to remove their wickedness among the people."

The Bible does not specifically forbid cremation and we are not under Moses law that was specifically for the nation of Israel. It is a valid option for believers. God will have no trouble bringing about the resurrection of any body, no matter how the body is disposed - by burial in the ground; at sea or by cremation. The Scriptures give us any of these options Rev 20:13 “The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.”

One can be by buried in the ground; at sea or by cremation. The  New Testament Scriptures are non specific and only mention the Hebrew tradition, they do not give us any of these options and forbid none of them that I know of. The Lord has no difficulty refashioning a glorified body in the resurrection from a single cell.

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