God’s Burial vs. Satan’s Cremation
“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, til thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return.” - (Gen.3:19) “Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.” – (John 19:42) “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” – (Rom.6:5)
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From the earliest times, the church has stood against heathen cremations. They condemned the sepulchers of flames and the grills of fire. But now in these end times, cremation is growing rapidly in the U.S. Cremation is a red-hot business. More than one-fourth of all Americans who died last year were cremated – (burnt to ashes). That’s up from 10% in 1980 and 3% in 1963.
Never, never should a true saved, born again Christian be cremated like the heathen Hindus. Don’t follow the world – follow the word of God in all things. There is noting Christian about cremation.
Now let’s check out God’s word on this important doctrine. In (Gen.3:19) we see God’s judgment of death on the first man Adam after he sinned. He was the first man and God told him that he was to be buried – “Till though return unto the ground.” God created man out of the ground (clay) and he was to return back to the ground at death.
In (Gen.15:5) we see the first ‘buried’ in
the bible as God speaks to Abraham – “Thou
shalt be buried.” In (Du.34:6)
we see God burying Moses on
God’s people were buried in the Old Testament. Abraham, Sarah, Rachel, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Aaron, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, and all Christians in the New Testament were buried as well.
But the greatest example is the Lord Jesus Christ, as it is written – “Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes, with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.” (John 19:40). Again in (I Cor.15:4) “And that he was buried and that be rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” And so should we die and be buried and await the resurrection according to the scriptures.
Yes, we are buried because we look forward to our bodily resurrection. Our physical bodies bear the born again incorruptible seed of the resurrection unto eternal life. All of God’s living creation was made with a seed within itself (Gen.1) for future life. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” Our bodies are to be ‘planted’ in the ground as a seed awaiting the wake-up call of the rapture trumpet when the seed sprouts a resurrected body and we shall come up out of our graves as the saints did after our Lord resurrected. – “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared unto many.” – (Mt.27:52-53).
The gospel is called a/seed that is sown in human hearts – (Mt.13) and when we truly believe on Christ and repent of our sins, our Heavenly Father places an incorruptible seed in us that produces a new spiritual birth and will produce a new bodily birth after we’re buried in the ground. (Rom.6:5) says – “For if we have been ‘planted’ together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”
In (I Cor.15:35-44 ) our Lord tells us about burial and resurrection and he speaks as a farmer planting seeds. Our body is sown in the ground as a new glorified body – praise the Lord Jesus. “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption: it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonor: 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. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” - (I Cor.15:42-44). All of God’s saints have this hope that we shall resurrect in our same body, only it will be a changed, glorified body. (Jn.12:24) says – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” A seed laid on a shelf or kept in a jar will not produce fruit. The seed must be put into the ground – it must die and when it springs up into life it produces fruit. It happened with the death burial and resurrection of our Lord, and it will happen to us saints.
Cremation is God’s judgment and curse on sin. In the bible when the body is burned it is a sign of God’s wrath upon a sinner – (Lev.10:1-2) and (Num.16:35) and (Jos.7:15 and 35). In (Lev.20:14) it is written – “If a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire.” Again in (Lev.21:9) “And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore .. she shall be burnt with fire.”
The Christians body belongs to God.. It is not ours to destroy by cremation or any other way – (Rom.14:8).
Certainly you can connect cremation with the lake of fire that God has prepared for every sinner who rejects his dear son on the cross and refuses to get saved – “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Rev.20:15). Cremation points to hell and the judgment of God on sin and it is satanic and anti Christian, except the soul never dies and the punishment is everlasting.
All the burnt offering sacrifices in the Old Testament showed us the judgment of God upon sin in hell. The sacrifice was cremated on the altar and the ashes were hauled away. If we have Christ, God’s perfect, supreme sacrifice, we are saved from hell, he is our atonement for sins.
Cremation undertakers have been involved in unbelievable things being done to corpses awaiting cremation. Like removing gold from teeth and stealing jewels and mixing several bodies together in one oven and scooping a urn of ashes not knowing who was who. Corpses were piled up like cordwood outside the crematorium for months and years and eaten by animals. They also stole body organs and sold them for money.
Many people choose Satan’s cremation because it’s simple and it doesn’t cost much – (Although you can be buried cheaply also – nobody need spend thousands of dollars). Stay away from heathen cremations and the devil’s hell fire. Burial is the only proper way for a Christian to dispose of their dead. It’s the only scriptural way. We follow the example of our heavenly father and of his son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Turn from the urn of cremation back to God’s word.
The New Testament describes those who have died as being ‘asleep’ – (John -14) – (I Cor.11:30) – (I Cor.15:6,18,20,51) and (I Thes.4:13,18). This is not soul sleeping or spirit sleeping because those are not asleep but with their lord in Heaven. It is the body that sleeps and sleep is a temporary condition. They await the wake-up call by the rapture trumpet on resurrection morning. As it is written in (I thes.4:13-18) “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will god bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent the m which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
A born again saint of God ‘lives’ according to the bible and he ‘dies’ according to the scriptures also – by being buried. I’m not going to the lake of fire in my second death and I will not be cremated in my first death either. I’m, saved and washed in the blood of Christ and the wrath of God no longer abides upon me. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (Jn.3:36).
Be saved today. Repent of your sins and believe on Christ. Have your name written down in the lamb’s book of life. Become a child of God by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And have the spirit of truth in you. Then you will know the truth of – God’s burial vs. Satan’s Cremation. Amen and Amen.