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?