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Cremation vs. Burial

This past weekend I participated in a seminar called “Life and Death: Preparing for the Expected.”

I was asked to provide a biblical perspective on any topic related to death and dying. I chose to speak on the issue of cremation vs. burial, which I’ve blogged about here.

I’m posting the 23-minute video of my portion of the seminar here for those who might be interested.




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


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