Death is inevitable. Apart from the raptured church
(I Thess.4:13–18), every Christian will face death. Joe Bayly, who
lost three sons to death, wrote, “We may postpone it, we may tame
its violence, but death is still there waiting for us. Death always
waits. The door of the hearse is never closed.”1
Since death is a predictable event, it would be wise for Christians
to be informed about biblical issues related to this subject.
One such subject is the disposition of the body at the time of
death. While burial has been the traditionally accepted custom
among Christians, cremation, which is defined as “the mode of
disposition in which the body of one who has died is quickly
reduced by intense heat to its component element,”2 has increasingly
become a popular alternative...