This subject has come up lately and the Lord has been leading me to write on it. The Devil really likes Cremation, in fact his whole plan is to destroy you both physically and spiritually! What if we didn’t have graves of great Christians to remind us and be a witness to us of the miracles that God did through them and with their lives.
In the ancient world, cremation was the normal practice of Greeks and Romans. Many of them believed in the immortality of the soul and saw no reason to give special attention to the body. Hindus, with their doctrine of reincarnation, practiced cremation, and still do today. At the other extreme were the Egyptians, who preserved the corpse by mummification.
As the catacombs in Rome attest, the early Christians insisted on burying their dead. Why were Christians so concerned about the body’s proper disposal? The body of every human is created by God, in his image, and deserves to be treated with respect; When the Word became flesh in the Incarnation, God uniquely hallowed human life and bodily existence forever; “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory as the only begotten of the father full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14). The Holy Spirit dwells within believers, making their bodies vessels of honor; and As Jesus himself was buried and raised bodily from the dead, so Christians believed their burial was a witness to the bodily resurrection to come. Cremation does not honor God or please him. “How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter! The joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.” (Song of Solomon 7:1).
Your body is beautiful in Gods eyes, even your feet, especially if you are preaching the Gospel. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:7). “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalms 139:14). “We are fearfully and wonderfully made, Who are you to burn up God’s property? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20). “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:26.27). Your carnal mind is the enemy of God, (Romans 8:6,7).` Don’t lean to your own understanding.
Many martyrs were burned to death, but Christians believed God would bring them forth undamaged at the resurrection. In the context of the early church, where cremation was associated with pagan rituals and beliefs, burial seemed a more loving, reverent way to bear witness to God’s ultimate victory over death.
The first cremation in America took place in 1876, accompanied by readings from Charles Darwin and the Hindu scriptures. Cremation started as an ungodly ceremony and still is! It is associated with an ungodly spirit of rebellion which is as the sin of witchcraft!
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20)
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”(1 Corinthians 3:16,17). You wouldn’t burn down a church.
Sometimes one can not avoid being burned up or destroyed by an explosion such as an atom bomb. If such be the case God is able to bring every tiny speck or molecule or proton or electron back together in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the resurrection at the 7th trump at the rapture when our old bodies are transformed into our new bodies which last for ever.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51,52)
After all Jesus Christ himself, the Son of The Living God who said, “Follow me and do as I do”, had himself, his own body buried in a tomb, as prophesied in the Scriptures and not burned up! We his followers and fellow believers, and brothers and sisters should do the same. Who would want his child to be burned up? Even if their spirit is not in their body anymore, their body is all we have left in this world. And it is nice to have a place to go to remember them, where their body is buried and their grave is marked with their name and hopefully a cross so they can still be a witness. When people do this it helps them to reflect on their life and the good times and good things, and God. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, what so ever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:11). Don’t be selfish and deprive others of this special time and place!
Beloved this message is straight from God and Jesus Christ his Only Begotten SON, and the Holy Ghost! When Jesus spoke the people were either sad, mad, or glad, if this message doesn’t make you glad it’s probably because you need to change your way of thinking about this subject, so you can be glad and not sad or mad.