On The Question of Cremation

The Tennessean has an interesting essay today worth taking a look at concerning the question of cremation.  Is cremation acceptable for Christians?  Is it not?  If not, why not?  These questions crop up from time to time.  Some interesting observation made in the report include these:

About a third of Americans are cremated when they die, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. But Baptists and other evangelicals have been slow to embrace the practice. A recent survey among leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals found that only 8 percent said they would choose cremation. Cremation rates in the Bible Belt remain among the lowest in the country.

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Traditionally, Hindus and Buddhists have cremated their dead, while Christians, Jews and Muslims have buried their dead. But today, Laderman said, Americans are more likely to mix and match spiritual practices. For example, a recent study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life showed that 24 percent of Americans, and 22 percent of people who call themselves Christians, also believe in reincarnation.

With no apology to anyone, I have to say, any Christian who believes in reincarnation doesn’t know the first thing about the Bible or what it teaches concerning life after death. Not a hint. Not a clue. The report continues further

“It shows the decline of traditional religious sources of authority,” Laderman said.

Indeed!  So if you’ve ever wondered about cremation, give the article a read.

2 thoughts on “On The Question of Cremation

  1. James

    Thank you for your thoughtful response. Indeed many believers are no longer leading their life by following the Word. “Back to the Bible” should almost be our rallying cry. Everyone seems to be doing what is right in their own eyes. Right now I’m writing on the issue of cremation for our work at Sonrise Center for Buddhist Studies which is a Christian mission to reach the Buddhist world with the Gospel. Many don’t realize that the door to cremation was opened in America through the efforts of Colonel Henry Steele Olcott, a White Buddhist and Theosophist who fought a court case permitting him to be cremated. Sad, but true.

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