Nazarene Space

I am of the opinion that cremation is un-scriptural. Despite this, it seems widely accepted as being a acceptable way of dealing with dead loved ones and even in some of the Yahudim sects. This being the case, I wish to bolster my position with effective angles of questioning in attempt to sway those that can easily afford a "traditional" burial. Sway despite knowing/believing some of the "traditional" methods of embalming seem questionable to me.  Here's my list so far...

1) Are you aware of anyone in scripture being cremated?

2) Do you know what embalming material(s) are used in most funeral parlors? (It's normally formaldehyde)

3) Do you know where your loved one's blood ends up going? (Not sure what happens to it)

What's your understanding of proper burial for the Nazarene Judaism assembly?   

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Here's a fitting prayer to use while visiting the dying...

Viddui Prayer

Many Yahudim are surprised to learn there is a Jewish final confessional prayer that the dying may say, or someone may say on the person’s behalf. In Hebrew, it is called Viddui. One version in English, written by Rabbi Rami Shapiro, goes like this:

“I acknowledge before the source of all that life and death are not in my hands. Just as I did not choose to be born, so I do not choose to die. May it come to pass that I may be healed, but if death is my fate, then I accept it with dignity and the loving calm of one who knows the ways of all things.

May my death be honorable and my life be a healing memory for those who know me. May my loved ones think well of me and my memory bring them joy. From all I may have hurt, I ask forgiveness, upon all who have hurt me, I bestow forgiveness. As a wave returns to the ocean, so I return to the source from which I came.

Shema, Israel, Adonai Elohainu, Adonai Echad – Hear, oh Israel, that which we call YHWH is oneness itself. Blessed is the way of YHWH, the way of life and death, of coming and going, of meeting and loving, now and forever. As I am blessed with the one, so now I am blessed with the other. Shalom, Shalom, Shalom.”

(Usually translated as peace, Shalom can also mean fulfillment or wholeness and serves as a salutation for greeting or parting.)

Cremation to the point of NOT burning bone or grinding it as is performed in most crematorium's could be scriptural it seems to me. We have the instance of burning the bodies of fallen warriors in scripture in order to bring back their bones for burial elsewhere.

Even in death there's lots of options now, depending on what the local "authorities" decide.

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