Monthly Archives: May 2014

Burial vs. cremation part III

candles1_smallWe began with some preliminary comments here before we looked at what the Bible says about burial here.

Last time we searched the Scriptures for examples of cremation here.

We conclude the series by looking at the consistent practice of burial in every generation of the church–except today. Continue reading


More burial vs. cremation

imagesIn our last post, we saw that cremation is on the rise in our culture.

We also learned that the Bible establishes a clear pattern of burial as the preferred mode of interment. We concluded that we can be certain that burial pleases the Lord.

Can we say the same thing about cremation?

The Bible does not provide a complete perspective on cremation. Passages that describe the deliberate burning of bodies are comparatively rare. But nowhere does the Bible speak of cremation with approval. Continue reading


Burial vs. cremation

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Let me begin with two guiding statements:

1. No where does the Bible prescribe burial as the Christian mode of interment.

2. No where does the Bible forbid cremation.

That means we have some hard work ahead of us if we want to try to understand the issues from a Christian perspective.

Today, cremation is on the rise. Continue reading


Before discussing cremation and burial…

Cremation-Urn-HourglassTomorrow I hope to begin a series of posts on burial and cremation.

But before I do, there are three preliminary points I need to make.

 

1. God can put all of the pieces back together.

God can put all of the pieces back together regardless the condition of the corpse. That’s not the issue. Of course He can.

That includes Christian martyrs who were burned at the stake as well as believers lost at sea. God can and will use the same elements to put them back together—with upgrades! Continue reading


Bible Manuscripts: Embarrassment of Riches

2008-08 50 de HamelIt’s a common expression.

When it comes to the number of ancient handwritten copies of the Bible known to exist, we have an embarrassment of riches.

For the New Testament, we know of more than 5,800 partial and complete manuscripts written in Greek (the language of the NT). These date from the second to the fifteenth century.

It is well-documented that this represents more copies than that of any other ancient author.

Here’s the problem: these biblical manuscripts have differences. Continue reading


New Testament Test Continued

GA319_0239aIf you missed our Old Testament tests, you can find a couple of brief quizzes here and here.

Yesterday’s test began our assessment of your knowledge of all things New Testament.

The answers are now posted there in the comments section.

Continuing with our New Testament test, today offers sixteen more questions.

Don’t forget to return tomorrow to find the answers in the comments section below.

Good luck! Continue reading