In the article, it stated, “Again, the ONLY time someone's body was burned in the Bible was when they were under a curse. Honorable people of God in the Bible were always buried upon death, not burned. Their bodies were placed back into the earth for safekeeping, the same earth from whence they came, until the Lord comes to resurrect those bodies for Eternal service to Him. (John 5:28-29)” . I find this not to be the case at all. If you will refer to 1 Samuel 31:11-12, you will read, ”...all the valiant men arose and traveled 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.” If you go a step further and read the entire story of Saul’s demise, along with the demise of his sons, you will see that these men were not under a curse. Quite the contrary.
1 Samuel 31:11-12 would also falsify another statement in the article which read, “It was God's will that even the wicked be buried and not burned unless they were under a very specific curse. (Job 27:15; Ecclesiastes 8:10) Burning a human body was to deliberately point out the fact they were indeed under a specific curse for deliberately defying the Most High God, not because it was “economical,” “sanitary” or “practical.” A lot of people today cremate loved ones because it is "economical", "sanitary", and "practical". I do not think this is wrong.
Many people question whether or not God can raise up a body in the last days if it were cremated. I do not think at resurrection it will make any difference whether a person’s body has been buried or cremated. “God knows how to raise the body, either in the resurrection of life or the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:28-29). The new body of a Christian will be radically changed and glorified like the body of the exalted Christ. It will be an eternal, spiritual body never again to experience weakness, disease, suffering, or death (1 Corinthians 15:35-54 and Philippians 3:20-21).” (Note: The part in parenthesis is not of me. I copied it from research I did; however, I have since forgotten the source.)
In Job 34:14-15 it reads, “Who gave Him charge over the earth? Or who appointed Him over the whole world? If He should set His heart on it, If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust.” When a body is cremated, it is left as dust. If you bury a body, it will become bone.
There were a lot of points within the contents of this article which I could refute, but there were also a lot of truth contained therein though taken out of context.
When I initially read this article, I was taken aback because it is my desire to be cremated. Add this to the fact that my family cremated my dad and you can understand why the article weighed heavily on my mind. It was imperative to me that I pray and seek Him to find out for myself whether or not cremation was wrong. Just as I had to take time to study scripture and pray over this matter, I strongly encourage you to do the same.
I had quite a few responses to this article, and I so appreciated everyone of them. I had a very dear friend call me as this article brought her much relief because she had buried a loved one knowing they desired to be cremated. This article justified, in her mind and heart, her decision to bury versus cremate. It relieved her of guilt she carried for not doing as her loved one requested. I shared with her that I did not have an answer for her as I had not yet studied scripture, but this goes to show that when we take something at face value we could easily be led astray. Regardless of what my precious friend did or did not do, she has no reason to carry such guilt just as I do not carry guilt over my father's cremation. My friend's loved one is in heaven and would not return if they could. Whether burying a loved one or cremating one, we have nothing to feel guilty about.
I hope this has helped some of you who had doubts and did not know how you felt. I also encourage you to study this topic for yourselves. We can be so easily deceived and will be so in the last days. I can say with certainty that this is truth and very much biblical!
Have a blessed day!