Sadly, along with the corruption of Christianity in society, also comes a deterioration of morals regarding the treatment of the body, both alive and dead.
Not that long ago it was considered to be an utter act of rebellion to have a tattoo. Also, cremations in countries with a Christian majority were rarely performed. These are known facts, but why has both tattoos and cremation gotten so popular?
Tattoos and cremation has gotten popular for one and the same reason: society as a whole is changing the way they view, treat their bodies.
As Christianity is spiralling downward, so does the morals that once came with it. Casual sex, substance abuse, tattooing, and cremation was all viewed as sin. But modern teaching in Christian churches de-sensitized society to the Fear of the Lord, and de-criminalized what was once viewed as unacceptable sin.
The scriptures tell us that God is not all-accepting of everyone and their works, as many modern preachers would have you believe. And the church, generally speaking, believed this, and taught this for hundreds of years…. until the modern-day “God loves you, and has a plan for your life” preachers have begun to appear, leading people to believe that they can do whatever they want, and God will still accept them, and heaven will be their home. This is by far the greatest deception of Satan.
First of all, the Holy Scriptures tell us that if we are truly born again – if we truly belong to God – if we are truly filled with His Spirit, then our physical body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Anything relating to the Holy Spirit is holy and thus should be treated with utmost respect, honor, and sanctity.
At one time while the Ark of the Covenant was being transported on a cart, one of the drivers of the cart saw that the Ark was about to fall, stretched out his hand to catch and and the Lord struck him dead! Why? Because what he did was an act of disrespect. He treated the Ark as if it was a common article – just another piece of cargo.
The Lord struck Ananias and Sapphira dead on the spot. Why? For lying to the Holy Spirit.
How much more will God’s wrath be poured out upon those who destroy, desecrate, pollute or place “wonderful” graffiti “art” on His temple?
You must realize that if you are truly bought by His blood, your body is not your own. You are not your own. You belong to Him. If He says no tattoos, He means no tattoos. It’s your responsibility to obey Him. (Leviticus 19:28)
I know there are many who got “Christian” tattoos. i.e. scripture, or Christian symbols.
It may seem like a good excuse. And I know some people believe that God is cool with it. Some people actually believe God told them to do it.
God said very plainly – NO TATTOOS. How does your lil “feeling” or “impression” or “belief” stand up to God’s clear commands in His Holy Word?
Imagine a man who just decided to spray-paint a cool “scripture” or symbol on the Temple in Moses’ day. Can you imagine the wrath of God upon that person? It doesn’t matter how sincere, and well-meaning that man may be. I suppose the man who tried to stead the Ark was sincere too. But it is an act of utter disrespect, disobedience, and dishonor.
If, however, you have tattoos from your “ignorant” years, then the Lord can have mercy.
Throughout the scriptures we read of the day of resurrection – the day when the Lord will return and the dead in Christ will rise. This is our glorious hope. This is the ultimate hope. It is the final frontier according to the true gospel.
Burning your body is deliberately destroying the property of the Lord (your body) which works against the resurrection.
Yes, God can take a bunch of ashes and rebuild your body in the day of resurrection. But the point is that you are not supposed to work against that. You are suppose to look forward to that. You are supposed to preserve your body the best way possible until that day.
If I told you that I would rebuild your computer, would you take it outside and throw it on the bonfire?
In fact, according to the scriptures, we cannot find any patriarch, or apostle who opted in to be cremated. Burials were done in a very specific way – to preserve the body until the day of resurrection.
In the case of the saints who were burned alive in the ancient times, God will restore their bodies. But when God restores them, they will not have to answer to God for their cremation. They had no say in the matter. Those who destroyed those temples (bodies) will have to answer to God.
Let’s get back to the way it used to be – respecting and honoring your body, God’s temple.
Remember, your body is NOT your own. You CANNOT do anything you want with it. You have to follow His rules, and His regulations. You have to treat it with utmost respect. You have to ask God, “What would you like me to do?”
To answer that question, we must look at God’s Torah, we must look at the Holy Men of old.