Burial or Cremation?
The question of burial or cremation is one we all have to make. My wife Betty and I, have decided that Cremation is the best choice for us; you may not agree and that’s fine. So, what do the scriptures say about Cremation; actually, very little. In Job 34: 14-15, it tells us… If God determined to do so, and without notice, He could recall His Spirit and the breath that is in our bodies. After all, the Spirit within us belongs to Him, and our beath is actually on loan. If he did that, our life would cease immediately; our bodies would quickly return to the dust of the earth.
The ancient Egyptians has their bodies embalmed, to prepare them for what they thought would be their afterlife. In first-century Israel, Jewish people were buried on the same day of death. They were wrapped with a 60-foot length of cloth, and sprinkled with a concoction of spices, to reduce the stench of decay. Their bodies were then placed in caves or stone sepulchers. In current times, people are opting for cremation in larger numbers. The primary reason is the rising costs of traditional funerals; with embalming, caskets, and burial plots. They are becoming financially prohibitive for many families. In reality, it doesn’t matter if you are embalmed, buried, or cremated, you can only delay the final result for a short time; eventually, everyone turns into dust.
Here’s some good advice: take the time to fully investigate cremation with an open mind. As a Christian, perhaps you’re concerned that when Jesus returns for the Rapture, your body would not be available to be resurrected and glorified? Well, if we consider those who have been deceased since the first century until now, the vast majority were turned to dust a long time ago. And, I’m certain that God is still fully capable of engineering a world-wide resurrection by simply speaking it done.
Remember, He originally created man from dust, and so shall it return to its former state. If your family still prefers a casket-filled grave, they should also consider cremation along with a small burial plot. This way, you can still visit a loved one whenever you like. Another option is to save some of the ashes in a ‘mini urn’ to be placed on someone’s mantel or have the ashes scattered over a special location. In the final analysis, the final decision should be yours.
As a side note; Part of the analysis that Betty and I considered included, that ladies typically live longer than men, and in most marriages, wives are younger than we are. So, the odds are great that the husband will go home to be with The Lord first. But regardless of who passes first, the ashes and the urn placed on the mantle, with a small amount of ash placed in a locket or a piece of jewelry. Betty also thinks it might be appropriate to engrave the urn with the following inscription… ‘I Yearn for your Urn’… (pretty catchy Huh)? Her sense of humor is what continues to keep us moving forward.