Why I Prefer Burial Over Cremation

Sometimes I’m asked about ‘cremation or burial?’

I think it’s something that Christians can feel free to decide on without much worry.  I never tell people that one is right and the other wrong.

Additionally, there are financial factors involved.

But, all things being equal, I prefer burial.

For one reason and really only one reason.

I believe that burial is a more effective testimony to belief in the resurrection.

Many Christians don’t have a very robust belief in the resurrection.  They talk as if heaven is all that’s important.  My soul is in heaven, what does it matter about my body?

But if you are a Christian who believes in the bible, then the resurrection is your ultimate hope, not heaven.

And God will resurrect your body.

The dead in Christ will rise first… 1 Thessalonians 4:16

This mortal body must be changed into a body that can live forever… 1 Corinthians 15:53

Recall, Jesus’ body was not in the tomb.  He was resurrected.

If heaven is it, cremation probably makes the most sense.  But heaven is not it.

Can God resurrect a cremated body?    I’m completely confident that he can.  This shouldn’t be a divisive issue.

But I believe that burial gives the most effective testimony of  belief in the resurrection.

What do you think?

Author: Dan Masshardt

Husband, Father, Pastor...

4 thoughts on “Why I Prefer Burial Over Cremation”

  1. Good rhetoric. But I believe that we need to turn our sights back to the times of Jesus. Burial was not as it is now. The body was generally wrapped in cloth and buried deep enough to totally decompose (to dust you shall return), However, in today’s world, we must have a coffin and a vault to protect the environment from the decomposition. Thus, the body is enbalmed (a preservative) and then sealed in a coffin and placed in a metal vault in the ground. Now the body decomposes slowly and never fully. So to me, burial is not the best option. And we are also a society that is taking over valuable farmland to build homes, and cemeteries are fewer. So environmentally and I guess spirtually, I feel cremation is the best option.

    1. Lisa – there certainly are practical aspects and you bring up most of them. Again, I’m not really concerned about burial / cremation practices so much as I am about understanding the Bible well. People should be able to make their own choices about their remains without judgement. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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