Question: I can not find anything in my bible study relating what is proper in burial of the believer. Would cremation be allowed bibically? Is there anything in the Bible that would forbid it? This is a question that weighs heavy on my heart.
Answer: You are right that the Bible does not say anything for or against cremation. Because in the time of the early church it was a common pagan custom to cremate, the church at first only buried the dead. Because we believe the body is important, and will be resurrected because it is so important, we believe it should not be viewed as a useless appendage to be done away with at death.
But both burial and cremation can be done with this perspective in mind. Based upon how long a body remains in a grave, it will be reduced to basic elements. Those who have been buried at sea have perhaps eventually become food for marine animals and their DNA spread all over creation. Neither burial nor cremation really preserves the body in any permanent way.
So a respectful ceremony acknowledging the meaning of death and the hope of resurrection can be done for a burial and for a cremation and God will be honored. I am personally planning on being cremated as a way of saving expense for my family and with a full acknowledgement that it will take just as much of a miracle to resurrect my body as it will for the person buried at sea. God is able to accomplish this.