What Does The Bible Say About Cremation

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Cremation is the process where an intense fire is used to burn a dead human body into ash. The temperature used for the cremation is around 1800-2000 degrees. At the end of the process, the human bones are left behind. The bones are further crushed into powder. In the end, the whole burned body is kept in a container. What Does The Bible Say About Cremation? Is it good practice for Christians to copy? Let’s find out more below.

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What Does The Bible Say About Cremation

The Bible does not say anything about the required way of burying people in the Bible. There are references where Cremation was done. Let’s check some below.

  • Saul and Sons are cremated: But when the inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, all the valiant men arose and went all night and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and they came to Jabesh and burned them there. And they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh and fasted seven days (1 Sam. 31:11-13).
  • As a source of punishment: ‘If a man marries both a woman and her mother, it is wicked. Both he and they must be burned in the fire so that no wickedness will be among you. (Leviticus 20:14).
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