Is the incineration biblical

What does the Bible say about cremation?

How do we have to judge the cremation? According to God's thought, is this correct or not? The Bible doesn't seem to say anything about it.

Answer 1: Cremation is a pagan custom; therefore the Bible only knows burial in the earth. As we can already see from the history of the patriarchs of Abraham, etc., the idea of ​​the hope of the resurrection of the body is connected with this (cf. Heb 11: 8-16 and 1 Cor 15). That is why we humans do not have the right to destroy the body created by God, even if it has to decay according to 1 Corinthians 15 as a result of the divine judgment in Genesis 3:19, in order to later make way for the new, eternal body, if the Lord's hour will have come. In short, the ultimate basic idea of ​​cremation (incineration) is that of complete elimination. The question of whether this burial is the more hygienic one remains to be seen. It is mostly the unbelievers who allow themselves to be cremated, mostly because they believe that this will make a resurrection impossible, which of course is in vain. It should also be mentioned that God rebuked Moab because it burned the bones of the king of Edom to lime; He called it an outrage (Amos2,1).

Answer 2: The cremation of corpses is not a natural way of burial, even in ancient times it was only practiced among pagan peoples, but even then not among all (e.g., as is well known, the ancient Egyptians embalmed their corpses and thus kept them). The natural way of burial is burial, the return of the human body, which must have decayed because of sin, to the earth from which it was originally taken (Gen. 3:19). This was the common one among the Hebrews, and among the men and women of faith in the Word of God, who had acquired greater knowledge of God's thoughts, a certain belief in a future after death was also a determining factor, even if they did not actually have a corresponding belief Had promises (cf. Heb 11:10, 16). The care with which, for example, the patriarchs determined their graves is also significant. In the few passages in the Word of God that speak of the burning of corpses, one can clearly see that this was viewed as something disgraceful by the people of God and also by God himself, because according to Leviticus 20:14; 21.9; In Joshua 7:25 this was only done in cases of particular shame as a tightening of punishment, and in Amos 2: 1 and 6:10 the burning appears as an atrocity before God. If the modern cremation is justified as more hygienic, then this is not the origin of the thought, but it is born out of the contradiction of unbelief against the possibility of resurrection, which is in the way of the subsequent judgment before God's throne because of unbelief. Now unbelief thinks that it can prevent the resurrection by burning the corpse, because it has no idea of ​​the life-creating power of God's word. For us believing Christians, burial in the earth is the only logical thing, because it is connected with waiting for the resurrection promised to us by the voice of our beloved Lord; and it is certainly an abomination for the Lord when his own let themselves be "cremated". In a purely human sense, burning may appear more hygienic, even more solemn; for eternity it does not matter, because the person with the cremated body must also appear before God's judgment seat.


Online since 09/07/2006.