the holy catholic (small "c" meaning world-wide) Church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting. AMEN.
Why would we allow our
body to be destroyed?
Unless one is NOT a Christian and WANTS to avoid resurrection
(this won't work anyway).
Besides this - WE DO NOT BELONG TO OURSELVES
- WE ARE GOD'S PROPERTY.
WE HAVE ZERO PERMISSION OR AUTHORITY TO DESTROY OUR BODIES.
GOD CAN COLLECT WHATEVER IS NEEDED FROM THE OLD BODY --
OR REMAKE IT. I SUSPECT THERE IS SOMETHING - SOME
SAY AN "AURA."
BUT, IT IS A TERRIBLE TESTIMONY FOR A CHRISTIAN TO ALLOW CREMATION.
WITH HUGE HOPE FOR THE RESURRECTION OF OUR BODIES IS IMMENSE TESTIMONY - WE DON'T WANT TO WRECK THIS.
CHRISTIAN BAPTISM IN THE JORDAN RIVER
SYMBOLIC OF DEATH TO THE OLD LIFE AND RESURRECTION TO THE NEW LIFE
The Resurrection has always been the GREAT HOPE for God's redeemed people.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be
also in the likeness of his resurrection:
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan
within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
entire fifteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians stresses the importance of the resurrection, first of all that of Jesus Christ which
is the absolute proof his sacrifice for us was accepted by God the Father, and thus, so are we accepted, and also our
own future bodily resurrection.
The passage shows that we receive new spirit
bodies in place of our old flesh bodies.
NOTE SPECIALLY THE UNDERLINED PARTS
-- WOW -- WHAT A TERRIFIC HOPE WE HAVE!
WE ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT ALLOW CREMATION
also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in
weakness; it is raised in power:
44It is sown
a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening
46Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual,
but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption
51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We
shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.
53For this corruptible must
put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought
to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the
Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
I HAVE OFTEN WALKED THROUGH CEMETERIES -
MANY GREAT "LIFE VERSES" -- THE PERSON, THOUGH DEAD, STILL TESTIFYING TO IMPORTANT THINGS OF GOD
The Apostle Peter says in 1 Peter 1:3:
Blessed be the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Again, because of $$$, space, or whatever,
insuring Christian burial and avoiding cremation may take advanced planning.
lost a child, and I visit her grave sometimes.
My Dad was cremated, and I have
never visited that Mausoleum. I guess I should.
I have often walked through
cemeteries, just to look at all the neat "life verses" on the marker stones.
Neat how those folks keep on testifying for many many years.
never visited a mausoleum. I guess I should sometime.