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Cremation The Wrong Choice Essay

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Outline:Thesis: One of the great Bible doctrines which has almost been forgotten in the last few years isthe sanctity of the Christian's body.1. What Is Cremationa. cremation definedb. history of cremationc. cremation todayd. cheaper solution2. Cremation and Religiona. examples of punishment or destruction by fireb. most extreme form of punishmentc. causes of this punishmentd. Christian and Jewish beliefstitle: Cremation: The Wrong ChoiceOne of the great Bible doctrines which has almost been forgotten in the last few years is the sanctity of the Christian's body. This text plainly states that our bodies are not our own to do with as we please. They belong to God because of creation and redemption. They are also temples of the Holy Spirit and members of the body of Christ. These and many other Bible statements clearly set forth the fact that cremation is the wrong choice. In dealing with this question of cremation we must not ignore the positive statements of Scripture if we would sincerely seek the Christian position on this issue. When a relative passes on, the question comes up; shall it be cremation or burial? In many parts of the world a question of this kind is of little importance. I have given serious and prolonged thought to the question of cremation or burial. Is it wrong for a Christian's body to be cremated? Is it true that the body comes to life in the process of cremation? This sermon has been called forth as a result of questions put to me by sincere people and also because of doubts and questions in my own mind over a period of years. I am giving my opinion on this issue in the hope that others will find the answers to their questions on this subject.The word cremation comes from the Latin word cremo which means "to burn" - particularly the burning of the dead. Cremation generally involves the application of high temperature, typically between 1400 and 2100 Degrees Fahrenheit (760 to 1150 Deg. C), to a wooden box or casket which contains a dead body. The body and container are almost completely consumed; the cremated remains consist of bone fragments and particles, which usually weigh from 4 to 8 pounds (1.8 to 3.6 kg). They are then finely ground into granule form. The entire process takes 3 to 5 hours. Although the attendants attempt to remove all of the remains, a small portion will be left inside the cremation chamber.According to the Encyclopedia Britannica cremation is the burning of human corpus which was the general practice of the ancient world, with the important exceptions of Egypt, where bodies were embalmed; Judea (or Ancient Israel) where they were buried in sepulchers, and China, where they were buried in the earth. Most archeologists believe that cremation was invented during the stone age, about 3000 BCE. It was most likely first used in Europe or the Near East. It became the most common method of disposing of bodies by 800 BCE in Greece, and 600 BCE in Rome. However, other societies had other methods. When...

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