Bible Passages on the subject
Joshua 7:15, 25 Achan and all his property and family were burned.
1 Samuel 31:12 Men of Jabesh took the bodies of Saul and his sons and burned them. This protected them from ridicule from the enemy.
2 Kings 23:16, 20 Josiah burned bones from tombs, killed priests and burned them
2 Chronicles 34:5 burned the bones of the priests cleansed Judah and Jerusalem
1 Kings 16:18 Zimri set palace on fire and died (suicide) in the fire that burned him up
Amos 2:1 He burned the bones of Edom into lime
Amos 6:10 burn the bodies stop a plague, prevent spread of disease
Genesis 38:24; Leviticus 20:14 Punishment often involved cremation
Summary of Bible passages
Some cremations were an expression of punishment (Achan, Edom)
Some cremations were done to honor the dead Saul and sons
Some cremations were done for health reasons stop plague
Some cremations were accidental or suicide Zimri, (explosions, 9-11)
Some cremations were done for spiritual reasons Josiah cleansed
Problem with resurrection?
Proper respect for the dead body?
Current method embalm, seal casket, seal vault prevent return to dust
Organ donation at death we are through with this body
Cremation NOT a moral or biblical issue
Cremation IS an emotional, philosophical, cultural issue
Costs much less $500-$800 vs. $5,000-$8,000 for traditional funeral
Schedule of services Memorial service can be days or weeks after the death
Weather factors eliminated
Travel arrangements easier for long distance relatives
Stress of so many decisions so quickly is eliminated
Land use In large cities, cemetery space is at a premium bury 4 deep
Have in mind ahead of time which funeral home will be used to carry out your wishes.
Have you paid them anything in advance?
Have you prearranged, given them instructions?
Discuss with your family the type of final disposal you feel appropriate.
Prepare and have readily available all pertinent information.
Vital documents Social Security, military records, life insurance policies, parents names, birth certificate
Pre-arrangement documents funeral home, cemetery lots, headstone, organ donations, where ashes are to be kept or scattered, donate body to science, mausoleum vault
Financial information Bank accounts, savings, retirement pension, etc.
Make those persons responsible aware of any prearranged plans.
We are taught in the Bible to show proper respect for the dead and to deal with them in a respectful way.
Cremation in no way violates these principles.
The matter is an emotional, philosophical and aesthetic one.
Cremation violates no New Testament principle.