First, I will make a general teaching regarding this subject as many born again Christians requested me to write on this subject. Later, I will give you Holy Spirit’s teaching and advise in the matter of burial and cremation. Do read the entire series and do not miss Holy Spirit’s teaching (CHRISTIAN BURIAL – PART 4) on this important matter.
(1) Most Christians through the centuries have wanted to be buried after death with a ceremony that proclaims the message of resurrection – that ceremony, containing various rites and traditions, has come to be known as “Christian burial.”
(2) There are other options besides burial for Christians to consider; cremation, though not considered as “traditional” as burial, is becoming more popular.
(3) The Bible doesn’t give instructions on how a body should be handled after death, but we can learn how they did it.
(4) In the cultures of Bible times, burial in a tomb, cave, or in the ground was the common way to dispose of a human body.
(5) The most common mode of burial in the Bible was to place the dead in above-ground tombs, for those who could afford it. For those who could not afford it, bodies were buried in the ground.
(6) In the New Testament, above-ground tombs were still reserved as burial places for the wealthy. But Jesus, was buried in a borrowed tomb.
(7) Today, obeying the Laws of the land regarding corpses is a significant consideration and Laws vary from country to country and from state to state.
(8) Because Christians are to obey the government authorities, Laws regarding the disposing of a body must be followed.
(9) Then there is the question of Christian BURIAL vs. CREMATION. Neither is commanded in the Bible, but neither is prohibited. But, again, Christians today have no explicit biblical command for or against cremation. In the end, it is best to leave that decision to the family of the deceased.
(10) The fact that Jews and early Christians practiced burial exclusively is enough to persuade some people to choose burial today.
(11) The method used to dispose of a body is not nearly as important as the truth behind the concept of Christian burial: that the body is no longer housing the person who has died.
(12) Paul describes our bodies as “tents,” that is, temporary abodes. “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in Heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1).
(13) When Jesus returns, Christians will be raised to life, and our bodies will be transformed to glorified, eternal bodies.
(14) So will it be with the resurrection of the dead.The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power” (1 Corinthians 15:42-43).
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