Post 028

CREMATION VS. BURIAL

In as much as Halloween, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are nearing,
I would like to present something that is with regards to the destination of
our physical body -- its return to the soil where it came from.

One controversial topic about this return is: should the corpse be
cremated or entombed or buried?

I would to share with you what I heard and learned from the Holy Spirit.

Whatever lavishness or extravagance we put in burying or cremating the
dead, man is only equal to the soil.  Man cannot be greater than the soil.
The interment or burial of a corpse in a tomb, vault or crypt or its
cremation are violations of an ancient tradition or commandment.

There are many stories in the Bible about burial.  For example, that at
a place called Macpelah where Abraham and his wife Sarah (Gen. 23:19, Gen.
49:29), Isaac and his wife Rebecca, Leah, and Jacob (Gen. 50:13) were
buried.  The Lord buried Moses in a valley in Moab (Deuteronomy 34:6).  Jesus Himself was buried.  Is there anywhere in the Bible that says the corpse has to be cremated or put in a tomb?

We are soil and we will return to the soil.  In Genesis 3:19, the Lord
said to Adam before he and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, "You
will go back to the soil from which you were formed.  You were made from
soil, and you will become soil again."  In Ecclesiastes 12:7, it states, "Our
bodies will return to the dust of the earth."

The soil is not the only one that has to go back.  The water in our body
has to go back to similar water.  Not water vapor or ice but liquid water.
And the air in the lungs will return to similar air when man dies.  His
breath is the first one that expires, isn't it?  Because his breath is air,
this returns to similar air.  And our part of God will return to the true
God.  What is this part of God in us that will return to the true God?  That
is our soul or spirit or the breath of life from God.

Therefore, the following returns: soil to similar soil, water to similar
water, air to similar air, and our part of God to the true God.

In order that we do not violate the ancient tradition or commandment, we
have to bury the corpse in the ground.  Not in a tomb, vault or crypt.
Neither do we have to cremate it.

Now that the Holy Spirit has revealed this to us, will we now prefer to bury the corpse in the ground?

God bless us always.


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