CONSEQUENCES OF CREMATION

What are the consequences of cremation preference at all?

In Christianity, the ceremonies have a great role. The objects, symbols, used during the ceremonies, help to give important religious ideas, knowledge with the eloquent language of the ceremony and to strengthen religious knowledge in the mind of the believers.

At the funeral ceremony, the corpse is like to the state of sleeping, being drowsy figuratively, recalling that the dead person will be resurrected. Especially according to the tradition of Eastern Churches, in the cemetery the corpse is buried facing the east which reminds Jesus Christ’s second coming  from the east, when the general resurrection will happen (John 11:23-24; Acts 17:31, 24:15, 1 Corinthians 15:12, 20-22, 51-53).

The putting the corpse in the ground, the expression “for dust thou [art,] and unto dust shalt thou return”  (Gen. 3:19), again bring a hint of God’s creation, recalling that the entire universe and the man are created by God, man is created from the dust (Gen. 2:7) and afterward he will rise up from the ground with the spiritual and perfect body (1 Corinthians 15:42-44).

The widespread use of cremation will cease the symbols associated with the burial ceremony and the resurrection, and the believers’ consciousness about the aforementioned explanations, emphasized at the funeral, may tarnish and maybe a tendency will appear to reject or ignore the resurrection.