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What Does the Bible Say About Cremation?

What the Bible Says about Cremation

Burial vs. Cremation

By Betty Miller

Should a Christian choose cremation as a burial plan?  What does the Bible say about cremation? How should a person plan for a Christian funeral?  Although the Bible does not specifically speak to the subject of cremation, we do find in the Word of God that only the heathen tribes cremated people (burned their bodies with fire after death), while the Jews always buried bodies in graves in the ground, or entombed their dead in a cave or in an sepulcher, similar to our modern day mausoleums. It was basically a stone room with a stone coffin where a body lies. The word comes from the Latin sepulcrum, which means “burial place”.

Although, the scripture does not forbid cremation; neither does it condone it. Before I go any further, let me say now, that even if you had a loved one cremated or know a Christian who was cremated; it will not affect their eternal destiny.  A relationship with Christ or lack of it determines our eternal destinies.

Christian Tradition or Heathen Practices?

However, there are Christian practices and heathen practices and in our day because of a lack of knowledge, some in the church have adopted heathen practices in numerous areas, besides just the practice of cremation. We can clearly see in the Bible the tradition of the Israelites, God’s chosen people, was to always bury their dead and never to burn dead bodies, as the heathen round about them did.  This is demonstrated in the Old Testament, as well as the New Testament.  Jesus, Himself, was buried in a tomb. Here are scriptures that record how people were buried, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

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With So Much Confusion How Can We Know the Truth?

Overcoming Confusion, Knowing Truth

By Betty Miller

At the present time there is no lack of confusing things that are going on in the world and this includes the Christian world. There seems to be no end of information that is available, as we are being bombarded by all kinds of media influences from so many different sources including the Internet, TV, radio, books, movies and mobile devices. Knowledge is a good thing if it comes from a source of truth, but today, much of what we are receiving is misinformation that is based on individual opinions, lies from immoral people and even “out and out” Satanic messages and influences. No wonder so many people are so confused.

The Internet is filled with ungodly confusing information that is put forth by different kinds of people who fall into various categories. Some are:

  1. Well-meaning people that are deceived
  2. Prideful people that want to be heard
  3. False prophets spreading deception
  4. Satanists spreading occultism

Other people are truly called by God to minister on the Internet and have been commissioned to bring a true message from God to the world. We received that call years ago when the Lord told us to bring His light to a dark place. Back in 1994 the Internet was mostly used by pornographers. That has now changed, as God’s people have stepped up and used the Internet to minister to others. Read the Miller’s testimony at: http://bibleresources.org/about-us/the-millers/

We must ask God to bring us the messages we need to hear and ask Him to lead us into all truth. However, we must be very careful on the Internet, as the devil is using it to deceive people all over the world. Parents, you must supervise your children’s mobile Internet devices so you do not lose them to the enemy. If we read something that brings confusion to our minds, wisdom would dictate that we not go there, nor allow our children access either. The Internet cannot sin; however, people that use it do and there is much evil in the world right now.

“Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” 2 Timothy 2:7

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33

God’s Word is Truth (Without It, We Perish)

The Bible talks about a time such as this, and also furnishes us true knowledge so that we can overcome the things that are bringing confusion in our lives. The Word of God is really the only source of truth, so if we want the truth, we must seek Jesus, Who is truth, and study the Bible which holds God’s written truths.

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Organic Gardening and Eating According to the Word of God

Garden Rows (Lettuce & Spinach)

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat” (Genesis 1:29).

“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed” (Genesis 2:8).

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat” (Genesis 2:15-16).

God not only is our creator, but He was also the first gardener since He was the one who planted the Garden of Eden according to the verses above. Then, he told Adam and Eve to take care of it and also told them in the Bible what they were to eat and what they were not to eat. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, and nuts and grains were among the first foods he told them would be their “meat” which meant their “food” (see Genesis 1:29 Amplified).  After the fall of man, God then added certain “clean” animal meats that were permissible to the list of edible foods, but these were not in the original list. (See Chapter 11 of Leviticus for a list of “clean” and “unclean” meats.)

Organic gardening and eating healthy are the topics of many health food articles today. Those who are seeking to lose weight and feel better are now discovering there is a way to eat that will bring strength and healing to their bodies by consuming more fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts. Many are not aware that the Bible endorses this kind of eating. We are not strictly vegetarians, but we eat more fruits and veggies than we do a meat diet. Jesus cooked, fed and ate fish in the New Testament, so he was not a vegetarian either.

As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise” (John 21:9-13).

Since God created our bodies, He certainly knows what should go into our mouths and it definitely is not the popular and unhealthy American diet that includes so much junk food and sugar laden drinks. The foods that so many are consuming today are not natural, but rather processed with additives, preservatives, dyes, herbicides, hormones, chemicals, etc. which are responsible for so many people becoming overweight and sick. As Christians, everything we do should be based on what the Bible instructs us to do, so we should be eating according to the Word of God.

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