I’ve always thought that the dead were to rest in peace while sleeping the sleep of death awaiting the resurrection, whether it be the first to immortal life or the second to be judged. (Revelation 20) Whether placed in a grave, tomb or buried at sea, resting in peace was just that. The process of being mummified and displayed like a sleeping beauty awaiting the kiss of life is somewhat of a morbid fairy tale. The process and reason for mummification goes back to the ancient Egyptian Sun Cult and the idea of an immortal soul.
Mummification, practiced by the ancient Egyptians, was used to preserve the body for the purpose of keeping the soul, or “ka”, intact for the journey through the Afterlife. Because of the obvious religious implications behind mummification, the process was a long one performed by a team of embalmers and priests who completed specific steps, along with prayers and rituals that would have guaranteed that the deceased would have enjoyed life beyond Earth. Along with the spirituality that surrounded mummification, there was a real science involved, one that was perfected by the Ancient Egyptians over the course of 2,000 years. The Egyptians took advantage of their geography, a dry and arid climate that was perfect for decelerating the decay of a dead body, and used natural resources to preserve the remains of pharaohs, nobleman, and even sacred animals. Egyptologists and researchers excavate and examine mummies today that are over 3,000 years old, some preserved well enough to determine specific information about the individual, including genetic lineage, diseases suffered, even diet.
Plato must have gotten his idea of man possessing an immortal soul that moves on after death to wherever from the Ancient Egyptians. But how? The flood wiped everybody out except Noah and his family and surely, they knew better. There must have been some power that wasn’t destroyed in the flood and the only one around after the flood that was around before the flood other than Noah and his family was the Lord God and his angels and their adversary, Satan, the God of this world taken hostage when Adam and Eve released him from his chains of bondage to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. His influence on mankind has never ceased, but he will be bound again. (Rev. 20:1-3)
Although there is a Christiam tradition of mummification, it is not scriptural. Embalming before burial is required by law if not refrigerated, buried or cremated within 24 hours. It is by tradition and law that disposal of the dead can be rather expensive. I used to work as a night man as well as other duties in a Mortuary/Cemetery/Crematory for two years and seen all kinds of traditions. I would like to be buried without being pickled in a six-foot deep by three-foot-wide hole dug in the ground on my own property, but it is against the law. Dead people don’t have rights and who is going to appeal their last wishes if they’re not met? Some of us even have death insurance so as not to burden the living loved ones with burial expenses. If they go over budget, it’s on them!
In the Catholic tradition, mummified bodies are worshiped. Boby parts are preserved as relics to be venerated. Isn’t it sinful enough to worship idols or graven images? It is the second “thou shalt not…” commandment! Even though there is no specific commandment (Thou shalt not worship the mummified body or preserved body part of any man or woman.), how can a supposed “immortal soul” preserved in the mummified body rest in peace with thousands of people gawking and/or worshiping it?
This is old news (six years), but I Ran across the following article while researching something else:
From another article below:
Inspired by Ancient Egypt, the Vatican embarked on a 40-year quest to preserve the remains of its holy adherents — including one of its latest saints, Pope John XXIII.
The spiritual making of a saint is rooted in law, bureaucracy and, of course, faith. The physical making of a saint is something else entirely.
On April 27, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be granted sainthood by Pope Francis. It will be a day to honor two of the Catholic Church’s most popular leaders, the “Good Pope” who served only five years, and the superstar who toured the world and spoke out against communism, becoming the second-longest-serving pope in history.
It’s also an opportunity to display to the world what has become a tourist attraction under the Vatican: the body of John XXIII, perfectly preserved since his death in 1963, entombed in a glass coffin.
The pope’s body is the most prominent example of a four-decade experiment by the Church to sustain its holy relics. With Ancient Egypt’s mummification process as inspiration, the Vatican had an elite team of embalmers preserve 31 “saints, beatified, and servants of God” between 1975 and 2008.
The project, which tragically proved fatal to many of those who worked on it, is a bridge between heaven and earth. “The bodies and body parts of these holy individuals,” says one embalmer, “kept like a work of art.”
1 Corinthians 15:50-55
KJV(i) 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Don’t know where this ranks on the scale of “ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev. 17:5), but if a dead pickled Pope stands up and says: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?” before the seventh (last) trumpet sounds, one can surely know it’s a hoax.
Jesus said in Matt: 8:22, “Follow me, and let the dead bury the dead.” But the Vatican says, “Let’s pickle them and worship them.”
Come out of Babylon for her judgement is near!