“To Burn or To Bury?” (Cremation)

The practice of cremation is becoming more and more popular in American culture. The concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau modernized the heathen practice of burning dead bodies rather than burial. The Nazi Party perfected and made efficient the practice that is, unquestionably, a heathen practice. This study will investigate what the scriptures say about burial versus cremation and will conclude and recommend that the practice of cremation should be opposed by Christians. The title and much of the reasoning presented in this study is based on Rodney J. Decker, “Is It Better to Bury or to Burn? A Biblical Perspective on Cremation and Christianity in Western Culture Parts 1 & 2.” Journal of Ministry and Theology Volume 11, No. 1, 2007.

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