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Tuesday, December 06 2016

Tuesday, December 6 , 2016    

       I have often been asked this question, perhaps you too have wondered about it: “What does the bible say about cremation?” Some believe the bible disapproves while others think the opposite. As far as I know, the bible says absolutely nothing about the subject, and if you know even one scripture that supports the pro or the con, I would like to hear it. The one thing I am sure of is this: Regardless of the way a body is prepared for burial, eventually it turns to dust. From the very beginning, God told Adam: “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you areand to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19) It seems to me, therefore, that cremation merely speeds up the process. Another thing that we all know is that it is more prevalent today than it used to be. If you are familiar with the extremely high cost of a traditional funeral today, it is understandable why so many families prefer cremation.

       I’m sure most of you know that the ancient Egyptians used to embalm the dead in order to delay the decaying process and to prepare for the afterlife. In bible times, the Israelites used to bury their deceased on the very day of their death. They would wrap the bodies with a sixty foot length of one-foot-wide cloth and then sprinkle the wrappings with all sorts of spices in order to reduce the stench. Then they would place the bodies in caves or in sepulchers. If you remember at Lazarus’ tomb, his sister Martha, upon hearing Jesus’ order to roll away the stone to the tomb’s entrance, said : “By this time he stinks because he has been dead four days.” (John 11:39)

       Some people hesitate to choose cremation for their deceased loved ones feeling that at the Rapture, how can they be resurrected if they no longer have

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