Paul's Passing Thoughts

Just Another Gospel Killer; Devaluing of the Deceased Body

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on May 22, 2018

ppt-jpeg4By and large, why do we see so few conversions to the kingdom of God? The answer is: basic ignorance by professing Christians and not paying attention to how we think. This is an issue I have been trying to find time to write about for some time. It goes something like this: “When I die I am getting cremated because the body doesn’t matter anyway, all that matters is the spirit that goes on to be with the Lord.”

So, when you die, go el cheapo on the funeral because the dead corpse doesn’t matter anyway. Cremation in particular is used to make a statement on both sides of the fence; to deny belief in a bodily resurrection, or again, the devaluing of the human body apart from the spirit. Cremation is also connected to particular beliefs about the afterlife, especially Hinduism.

Now, with that said, some choose cremation for practical and necessary reasons while still maintaining the dignity of the former temple and the life that it held. So, this isn’t a treatise against cremation, but a treatise against possessing attitudes that flow from ignorance which rarely results in sound reason.

Unfortunately, Christians, at times, make deliberate statements to the unregenerate about the worthlessness of a deceased body to emphasize the importance of spiritual wellbeing; this is ill advised.

I mean, in regard to the honoring of the diseased body in Scripture, where would we even begin? Obviously, said attitude stands in stark contrast to what we see in the Bible. But why?

As belabored much by TANC Ministries, Churchianity is the product of Dualism, a form of Platonism and Neo-Platonism, which later became Gnosticism; the arch enemy of the 1st century assembly of Christ. Basically, it’s founded on the following idea: EVERYTHING material that can be ascertained by the 5 senses is evil, and only the invisible is good, and the material cannot comprehend the invisible good. Therefore, mediators between good and evil must create an orthodoxy for those enslaved to their senses to live by. But the main point here is that the material may be weak, but is not inherently evil and worthless.

Annoying is the fact that many professing Christians poo-poo the need for understanding world philosophy while cluelessly functioning by its various tenets.

In contrast, God puts great value on everything He has created. This, in part, speaks to the doctrine of redemption. In regard to a diseased Christian, their body is the former temple of the Holy Spirit; that’s a big deal. Honoring the diseased body has far more opportunities to present the gospel than misguided attitudes that come from paganism integrated into the Christian faith.

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  1. Andy Young, PPT contributing editor said, on May 22, 2018 at 7:35 AM

    Not to make light of this topic, but did you know that you can be cremated and have you ashes put in a container with a tree seed so you can live on as a tree? What kind of mystical message must that send to the world?

    https://www.thelivingurn.com/

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    • Anonymous said, on May 22, 2018 at 1:16 PM

      My children always buried their deceased pets with the greatest respect. They found the best box and filled it with the softest bedding and shed heartfelt tears of grief. As I remember it, those were deeply emotional moments. It never occurred to them to grab the torch and disperse the ashes. Such action was not their natural inclination.

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