Is Cremation a Sin?

1. Is it a sin or wrong in God’s eyes to be cremated? I have wondered for some time. I was raised on the belief that since Christ was not cremated that it was wrong to desecrate the body by doing so. Any help would be deeply appreciated.

2. I would like to know your thoughts on cremation. Should a Christian believer do it? Not do it? Is it irreverent? I would like to know what you think.

3. I have always tried to live a Christian life and I don’t want my son to bare any financial hardships when I leave this world to meet my God. I have been thinking of possibly being cremated instead of buried because it is so much less expense. In the eyes of God, is cremation a sin?

Cremation isn’t a sin. Many people have died in house fires and God will have no problem raising their bodies to life. However, in Bible times the bodies of the dead were treated with great respect and there is no record in the Bible of anyone being cremated. Instead they chose burial or being placed in a tomb. They did this because they believed in a bodily resurrection. It was a testimony to their belief. It would have been easier to cremate rather than prepare a tomb or burial site, but they didn’t practice it. Today, Christians also believe in a bodily resurrection because it is taught in the Bible. The Bible says,

“It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies” – I Corinthians 15:42-44.

No one will be disqualified for heaven if they choose to be cremated. My own father was cremated and I fully expect to meet him in heaven since he accepted Christ as his personal Savior. However, it’s a personal decision.

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