As a growing population of Americans are choosing cremation instead of burial, centuries of sacred rituals and more are being reshaped. 

“Ashes to ashes,” published in the Daily News on April 13, attributed the shift in part to religious acceptance and spreading secularism.

In the Old Testament, burning a dead person’s bones was considered a disgrace. 

The patriarchs — Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and David — were all buried in tombs. 

No godly person in the Old or New Testament was cremated.

In Leviticus 20-21, God commanded that certain types of sinners be burned with fire. Burial was the only honorable or proper way to dispose of the dead. 

It also was the practice in the New Testament and that of the early church. 

The Bible speaks of the burial place of Jesus himself. 

Both the Jews of the Bible, and subsequently the Christians, believed the body will one day rise from the dead.

Therefore, we are to preserve the body and honor it.

Esther Mancillas lives in Galveston

(3) comments

Jarvis Buckley

Sometimes it's a matter of money. Let's be tolerate of each others choices.
An avg. funeral cost well over $10,000 . Cremations avg. $3000.00.
If I live a good life , that's what's important to me.

Carolyn Meehan

Lots of other beliefs in the world, Esther - not just yours. Bury yourself if you want to.

George Croix

I'm pretty sure God will take into His arms all of the good people burned to death or blown up into atoms or whatever caused their deaths but no body to remain.
A recent story in this very paper about a certain TC Disaster some 67 years would include multiple examples of each, as but one event...
I could be wrong...but I'm not...

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