Does God approve of cremation?

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No god does not approve of it.

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There is no scripture that forbids cremation. It does say, however:

"...dust you are and to dust you will return." (Gen.3:19)

"...Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes..." (Gen.18:27).

Our bodies are "dust and ashes"... of the earth... so much dirt. Cremation only gets you back to that original state quicker. Hopefully, after you're done with it.

Many people, however, have been "burned at the stake" for their convictions [even God's own saints]... or at the whim of others. People today are incinerated in house fires, car fires, industrial accidents... and in wars.

God is mainly concerned with man's "spirit" more than this temporal tabernacle called the human body. Our concern should be whether or not God approves of our "spiritual condition"... not how we dispose of our dust and ashes.

This is not the body that "shall be"... and God shall give us a body as He sees fit in the end.

The body [intact or ashes] that we plant in the ground... or scatter to the wind... is not the body that shall be.

"...that which thou sowest is not quickened [made alive, regenerated], except it die: and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be... God giveth it a body as it hath pleased Him, and to every seed his own body." (I Cor.15:36-38)

"So also in the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body..." (verses 42-44).

Our bodies are temporary and so much earthy composition [mostly water]. We use them for the time we are given - that we live, breathe and function... and when we are done with them, even the intact dead body returns to dust and ashes.

"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." (Eccle.12:7)

Our Creator has gone to great lengths [through the destruction of His own fleshly body and shedding of His Divine blood] toward the ultimate destruction of death itself [man's greatest enemy].

"But every man in his own order: Christ the Firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's AT HIS COMING. Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

"For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The LAST ENEMY that shall be destroyed is death..." (I Cor.15:23-26).

The state of this body of ours [ashes or intact] isn't really a matter of approval or disapproval by God.

"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality... then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (verses 53-55 & Isa.25:6-8)

It's death God doesn't approve of... the death of His creation. He's not concerned with how the body is disposed afterward. He's working toward removing death altogether. The preservation and restoration of life. When that happens, the disposition of dead bodies becomes a non-issue.

The fiery trials of life... and how we deal with them in Christ, especially unto death, God approves of.

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." (Ps.116:15)

God neither approves nor disapproves, by the time an intact dead body or a cremated body transforms into ashes. The spirit has already long returned to Him, who gave it.

That dormant, sleeping spirit awaits Jesus' return... unto life eternal.
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