Why is the burial of the dead not a sacrament in the Anglican Church?
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Ecclesiates 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
I am very sure this passage is one of the reason why burial of the dead was not so important in the Anglican Church except the Death of Christ is very much important to all Christians because His death repentance is open to every mankind and His resurrection is our hope to resurrect us also in the 1st Resurrection (1Thes4:16-17 & 42-53, Acts2:31, 1Cor15:20, Rev20:4-7) or in the 2nd Resurrection (Rev21:12-15). In Anglican Creed, "I look for the resurrection of the dead: and the life of the world to come." Thus they are not fear death because it is temporary parting of the spirit (read Ecc 12:7) in the physical body because body is coming from the dust of the ground that should be returned. Pls read Genesis 3:19. For Anglican Faith: The Anglican Church does not allow open coffins at the service and does not encourage viewings and wakes.
There are 3 forms of man:
1) Human body - fleshly part
2) Human Spirit - the breath of life; non-physical part called our human mind, human counterpart to the Holy Spirit, which is God's mind
3) Soul - personal character of man, Ezekiel 18:20 The soul who sins shall die...