Is Cremation OK for Christians ? I found this interesting article. 0
Is cremation proper for Christians?
The Scriptures do not present any basic objection to the practice of cremation.
There are Biblical accounts relating that the bodies or bones of dead people were burned. (Josh. 7:25; 2 Chron. 34:4, 5) This may have indicated that those people did not seem to merit a decent burial. But what amounted to cremation did not always carry such a meaning.
We can see this from the account of the death of King Saul and his three sons. The four of them died battling the Philistines. One of the sons was Jonathan, the good friend and loyal supporter of David. When valiant Israelites living in Jabesh-gilead learned what had happened, they recovered the four bodies, burned them, and then buried the bones. David later praised those Israelites for their actions.—1 Sam. 31:2, 8-13; 2 Sam. 2:4-6.
The Scriptural hope for the dead is the resurrection—God’s restoration of the person to life. Whether a dead person is cremated or not, Jehovah is not limited in his ability to restore the person to life with a new body. The three faithful Hebrews who faced death in a fiery furnace as ordered by King Nebuchadnezzar did not need to fear that if they were thus destroyed, God could not resurrect them. (Dan. 3:16-18) That was also true of faithful servants of Jehovah who faced death and subsequent cremation in Nazi concentration camps. Various loyal servants of God have perished in explosions or in other ways that left no trace of their remains. Still, their resurrection is assured.—Rev. 20:13.
Jehovah does not have to reassemble a person’s former body in order to resurrect him. That is shown by God’s resurrecting anointed Christians to heavenly life. Like Jesus, who was “made alive in the spirit,” anointed Christians are resurrected as the same person but with a spiritual body. No part of their former physical body accompanies them to heaven.—1 Pet. 3:18; 1 Cor. 15:42-53; 1 John 3:2.
Our hope in the resurrection rests, not on what might be done with the physical corpse, but on faith in God’s ability and desire to fulfill his promises. (Acts 24:15) Granted, we may not fully comprehend how God has performed the miracle of resurrection on past occasions or how he will do so in the future. Still, we put our trust in Jehovah. He has provided “a guarantee” by resurrecting Jesus.—Acts 17:31; Luke 24:2, 3.
Christians do well to take into consideration social norms, local sentiments, and legal requirements regarding the disposition of dead bodies. (2 Cor. 6:3, 4) Then, whether the body of a deceased person is to be cremated or not is a personal or family decision.
My Diploma in Counselling 0Despite being as busy as I am I've taken on studies in Counselling ...Diploma level. I've really enjoyed this so far and hope it will help in giving support for the those Who are suffering the loss of a loved one.
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My 'Heart Attack' Scare. 2I'd like to thank the Robina Hospital Emergency Centre . After trying to ignore some chest pain for 24hrs I walked in and was immediately looked after with the greatest of care. .. blood tests, chest Xray, the sticky electric things on My chest. Blood pressure… The kind reassurance of the Doctors and all the Nurses is moving Me to tears as I type. The shock and fear a 52 year old feels as the thought of leaving loved ones behind is overwhelming. I didn't call My Wife or family as I didn't want to alarm them… I felt very alone. This was a huge wake up call. So many things left undone. I don't smoke or drink but I'm way to heavy and unfit.This experience was, I hope a catalyst for real change. I don't want it to be 'a rehearsal' for the real thing. Yes.. I was lucky. The pain was not heart related. The genuine smile and wave from the triage nurse as I walked out reflected a knowledge that many others are not so fortunate. Look after Yourselves people life is precious.
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' The Outback ' series coming soon 1
Hi I've just been making some lovely new memorial rocks in the colours of the Australian Outback. They are not copies of 'Uluru' But I guess the similarity will be there.
If anybody has any other suggestions that would be great.