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Cremation

Discussion in 'Other Christian Denominations' started by Spinach, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Spinach

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    What are your thoughts?
     
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    It recycles our physical bodies back to nature quickly. That is a good thing. The American ides of putting people in a casket and then putting that inside a concrete box is really a bad idea. It is early and I haven't had my cup of coffee yet, so I won't try to explain just now as it is a terrible waste of concrete, land, and the body. :laugh:
     
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    All for it. Our son was cremated and we plan on being cremated too. We have also had our dogs cremated.
     
  4. Spinach

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    See, I'm not sure about it. ON one hand, I don't like the idea of being burned (though I wouldn't feel it). On the other hand, it would do away with my strange feelings about decomposition.

    The big reason I am for it is because if my husband goes before me, I want to be buried by him---and that would mean finding a way to stay on the field, which may not be possible. If he were cremated, he would be portable (and that sentence made me laugh at how much of an odd duck I am).
     
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    I'm totally against it.


    But then again, I'm still living.


    When I'm dead, I won't care a bit.
    :D
     
  6. annsni

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    Well, my only Biblical thought was that all of God's people were buried and not creamated, right? Are there any examples of a body being burned by one of God's people? I think it was only the pagans who cremated.

    We're getting buried. That's our decision and we're sticking by it. :D
     
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    I'm "dead set" against it. :laugh:

    I and my family have made provision for mine eventual death. However, aside from having bought a plot of ground, my real wish is that my body be placed into a sack of natural fiber (no plastic), thrown into a hole, put an acorn on top of it and cover me up........ Yea I know, that's just weird.

    Or like some American Indian rituals, put my body up on stilts for a buzzards feast, giving them the strength to soar high into the heavens. :thumbsup: And better yet as I get old and infirm I'll just walk out into the wilderness to be taken buy a bear, wolf or mountain lion and be transformed into whatever eats me, though it'll be likely that I'll be eaten by a family of possums. :tongue3:

    What ever happens, God created me in the first place and He can very surely reassemble me in the resurrection. :godisgood:
     
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    yeah like Darth Vader and he was a Sith Lord. :smilewinkgrin: How will that affect the ressurection I wonder?
     
  9. Amy.G

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    Actually, plenty of God's people have been burned. John Wycliff's bones were dug up and burned. (Because he was a heretic for putting God's word into english).
    Wm. Tynedale, burned at the stake. Saints burned as party lighting for Nero.

    Buried bodies turn to dust, burned bodies to ash.

    I have told my husband if I go first, do whatever you want with me. I won't be there anyway. :)
     
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    I wouldn't go by martyrdom to figure out what to do with bodies. Otherwise we should draw and quarter them too.

    But I don't see any directive from God to burn a body. All of His people were buried just as Jesus was buried.
     
  11. Amy.G

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    Uh oh. There's not directive from God to play musical instruments in worship, so......................ok, I'm just pickin' on ya! :love2:

    You should do whatever God leads you to do. :)
     
  12. annsni

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    Oh no - LOL!! I agree.

    It's just that when looking at the Scriptures, DH and I said that we never saw a time when God had a body burned (that we know of), so maybe there's something there. I know it was practiced by the pagans and maybe it is that burial is the standard and then the pagans added cremation to it. I don't know. I know that God can raise any kind of a body and He doesn't say NOT to do it so if anyone chooses to, I'm sure that's fine. But for us? Bury.
     
  13. Amy.G

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    Gottch didn't I? :laugh:

    You are right. There's no directive to cremate and no prohibition against it. Whatever each of us decides in our heart is fine.

    As a side note, my husband's brother died last year and he was cremated. So there was no body at the funeral service. My husband doesn't have a problem with cremation, but he said that not being able to see his brother sort of left things unfinished for him. He needed to see him and say goodbye for his own personal peace. So that may be a reason not to cremate for some people. That's why I told him, do whatever you want with me. Whatever helps him to cope is my concern, not what happens to my dead body. JMO as aways. :)
     
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    When asked by his wife, "What method should we employ on your death" Bob Hope responded, "Surprise me"...
     
  15. annsni

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    You CAN still do the whole funeral service with a casket and body and such. You still choose a casket for cremation. Then all you do is not have the burial service immediately following the funeral services. You do it a week later or whatever time it takes.
     
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    Ten thousand plus for a burial service and eight hundred dollars for cremation, with a memorial service held in one's local church (donation or free)...........cremate this old body, man..burn it to ashes......It just speeds up the process : "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust..." In short order there "ain't" nuffin left to raise........we get a new body anyway, an heavenly body..........

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    I agree. I only have so much life insurance, and my family will need the money a whole lot more than a nice box and an elaborate service.

    The way I look at it, when I'm done with this body, I won't need it anymore. I'm going to get a new body one day, not a recycled, repaired old body.
     
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    There is no teaching in God's word against cremation. I see nothing wrong with it. What I do have a problem with is people who won't donate their useful organs after death to people who need them in order to live or just live a more healthy and useful life. There is no scripture against organ donating either. People come up with so many man-made teachings against so many things that God said nothing about one way or the other.
     
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    We did my mother's funeral for way less than $10,000. I think we spent about $4500. We didn't have her embalmed, we got a basic coffin (you still need a coffin for a cremation) and we had a one night visitation/service at our church with the burial the next day in a national cemetary. Cremation is more than $800 here - not sure of the exact cost but I know for sure it's a few thousand. So about the same as a basic funeral.
     
  20. annsni

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    I know the Bible doesn't speak against cremation, but does the fact that no where in Scripture were bodies burned in the Old OR New Testament something to consider? I know that bones were burned but I don't see that as cremation. I don't know. Again, I don't think there's anything necessarily wrong with it but if it were not done in any of the Bible by the Israelites or the New Testament church, when did it become more commonplace amongst believers? Just wondering.
     
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