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Is cremation an option?

Submitted: 12/9/2011
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Question: Is cremation an option for a Christian as a cost effective choice for burial?

Answer: Whether a person's body is cremated or buried is not a moral issue. A deceased person cannot sin. It is, however, in the Jewish and Christian traditions to be buried. From the earliest of time, burial has been done in anticipation of a coming resurrection. In contast, cremation has its origins in Hinduism and anticipates reincarnation, a non-biblical concept. Cremation also seems much more like what will happen to people who go to hell whereas burial looks forward to eternal life.