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Question: "What does the Bible say about cremation? Is it wrong to cremate a person's body?"

Answer: The Bible does not give any specific teaching about cremation. There are occurrences in the Old Testament of people being burned to death (1 Kings 16:18; 2 Kings 21:6) and of human bones being burned (2 Kings 23:16-20), but these are not examples of cremation. It is interesting to note that in 2 Kings 23:16-20, burning human bones on an altar desecrated the altar. At the same time, the Old Testament law nowhere commands that a deceased human body not be burned, nor does it attach any curse or judgment on someone who is cremated.

Cremation was practiced in biblical times, but it was not commonly practiced by the Israelites or by New Testament believers. 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 (Genesis 23:19; 35:4; 2 Chronicles 16:14; Matthew 27:60-66). While burial was the common practice, the Bible nowhere commands burial as the only allowed method of disposing of a body.

Is cremation something a Christian can consider? Again, there is no explicit scriptural command against cremation. Some believers object to the practice of cremation on the basis it does not recognize that one day God will resurrect our bodies and re-unite them with our soul/spirit (1 Corinthians 15:35-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:16). However, the fact that a body has been cremated does not make it any more difficult for God to resurrect that body. The bodies of Christians who died a thousand years ago have, by now, completely turned into dust. This will in no way prevent God from being able to resurrect their bodies. He created them in the first place; He will have no difficulty re-creating them. Cremation does nothing but “expedite” the process of turning a body into dust. God is equally able to raise a person’s remains that have been cremated as He is the remains of a person who was not cremated. The question of burial or cremation is within the realm of Christian freedom. A person or a family considering this issue should pray for wisdom (James 1:5) and follow the conviction that results.

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The Bible states; "the dust returns to the ground it came from and the spirit returns to God who gave it", however, it does NOT specify in which form the "dust" must come from:

New International Version (©1984)
and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

New Living Translation (©2007)
For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

English Standard Version (©2001)
and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Then the dust [of mortals] goes back to the ground as it was before, and the breath of life goes back to God who gave it.

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

American King James Version
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.

American Standard Version
and the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the dust return into its earth, from whence it was, and the spirit return to God, who gave it.

Darby Bible Translation
and the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit return unto God who gave it.

English Revised Version
and the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit return unto God who gave it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.

World English Bible
and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Young's Literal Translation
And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, And the spirit returneth to God who gave it.

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Learn something new every day. Thanks Chief and Etta.

Nice add-on Fyre. I suppose I should read my Bible more.

I never knew this about cremation. Thanks for posting Miss Etta.

I didn't now about this either Cappy. Glad to see you online. Stay safe in the sandbox sir.

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