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Mortal Sin Against the Fifth Commandment – Failure To Bury the Dead

The Fifth Commandment: “You Shall Not Kill”

stone-tablet-fifth-commandmentIntentional Failure to Bury the Ashes Or Body of the Dead.

At first glance, you may wonder why intentionally failing to bury the ashes or the body of the dead would constitute grave matter that would risk eternal damnation if left unconfessed. The keywords here would be intentional failure. This would mean that you knew that this was a mortal sin and refused to bury said ashes or body. If you did not know, then it is not mortal.

So assuming that you didn’t know better, why is it a mortal sin to not bury the body or ashes?

We read in Genesis after Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, God says:

“…By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, Until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

The punishment for Original Sin is death. God created us out of dust, out of nothingness. When we die our bodies will decompose back into dust and nothingness.

When we experience the Resurrection at the end of time, we will be reunited with our bodies and depending upon the state of our soul we will have either a glorified body or a corrupt body. Purgatory will be emptied and all souls that were in Purgatory will be granted access into Heaven so that they too may have those glorified bodies. The poor souls that rebelled against God and His mercy will be stuck with a corrupt body.

What makes failing to bury the dead grave matter is that we are going against God’s plan for the dead. That is, He wants them returned to the ground so that they can go back to where they came. This way when the Resurrection occurs they can rise again from their graves. It also allows for the body of the person to have a final resting place that they may have for them selves. Hence the old saying “Rest In Peace”.

Rest In Peace

It is unlikely that you have a dead body in your home. It is more likely that you have the ashes of a relative in your house. Maintaining those ashes in your house is dangerous to your soul as you are denying your relative their final burial and resting place.

I would also like to make note that cremation is not the traditional way that Catholics are to bury their dead. Burning the body and reducing it to dust hastens the progress of allowing the body to naturally return to dust. On top of that, there is no longer a body there, where as burying the body allows for the skeleton to stay there. There is still a body. Cremation was not accepted until after the Second Vatican Council. It was widely made popular by the freemasons. Masonry is itself a mortal sin as it goes against Jesus Christ and we should avoid doing the things that they do.

If you are forced to cremate by your government, it is not a mortal sin to do so as you are not choosing it yourself. However, if you are not being forced or coerced, bury the actual physical body.

Follow the plan that God allowed so that you can have peace in your soul and your relative can have peace as well.

Do not forget to pray for the repose of their soul. Unless they have been canonized by the Church as a Saint, they are not guaranteed in Heaven.


This post is one of many in a series on Mortal SinsClick here for more posts explaining and defining mortal sins.

What Was The Original Sin?

We as humans have been born into Original Sin. We as Catholics talk about it all the time, yet we never really talk about what EXACTLY the Original Sin was. Sure, we know that God told Adam and Eve that they could eat off of any of the trees in the Garden of Eden except for one. The snake told Eve to go ahead and she grabbed it, ate it and gave it to Adam. Obviously, the sin was not listening to God. However, there is more to it then that. Looking at what scripture says, we read:

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals that the LORD God had made. The serpent asked the woman, “Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?” The woman answered the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.'” But the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die! No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is bad.” The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. Genesis 3:1-7

The serpent being Satan, for those of you who don’t know, is quite a tricky one. He tempts us with whatever it is that will be our biggest and greatest down fall. Upon inquiring if God really said that (notice the doubt that he throws at us to wonder if God is tricking us) and after Eve’s response of what exactly God said that “they will surely die”, Satan comes back with the lie “You certainly will not die!”. Now, Satan knows very well that God did not mean a literal death, but a spiritual death. In Genesis 2:25 Adam and Eve were naked and without shame. Now, after eating the fruit, they realized they were naked, and they felt shame.

When we sin, we disconnect ourselves from God. Satan knows this. He despises us and wants us to feel disconnected from God. He has pride issues. This is why he threw this at us.

Before I continue further, I haven’t answered the initial question. What was the original sin? Well, it says so right there “No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is bad”.

“You will be like gods”, or, the desire to be a god, determining what is good and what is bad. This is the original sin.

How often do we see society determine what is good and what is bad? All the time. We (as a society) say things like “Sure, the Catholic Church says this is wrong, but what do you believe?” Well, frankly, it doesn’t really matter what you believe. Belief in something, does not constitute a moral good. Yet, we constantly hear “well, I don’t believe that!”. What constitutes a moral good is whether it is indeed good or evil. Obviously, if it is evil, it doesn’t matter if someone believes it to be okay, for an act of evil, no matter what the intention may be, is always an evil act.

It is becoming more and more difficult to pick a mortal sin that society would agree is an act of evil, but I would imagine that most people would agree that murdering somebody for the sake of murder would be an act of evil. It doesn’t matter if a small minority of the population believes it to be a good thing, it is still evil.

You can look all through history and notice that there were acts of evil that were legal at one point or another (slavery, prostitution, death penalties), as well as agreed upon evil acts that are now legal (abortion).

The Church has always come out to condemn immoral activities. That is her mission, to spread the Gospel to all that will hear. The Church hates the sin, not the sinner, and this is how we are all supposed to view sin. However, there are many people who are committing the Original Sin of becoming gods to know what is right and wrong.

How many Catholics are there who are actively using birth control in their marriages? Translation: I determine what is right and wrong!

How many Catholics are there who are actively in support of abortion? Translation: I determine what is right and wrong!

How many Catholics are there who (insert favorite Catholic Church not supported activity here)? Translation: I determine what is right and wrong.

Every time we sin, we are falling into Original Sin. As every time we sin, we basically spit in God’s face and say “I don’t care if you say its wrong, I choose this!” It is important that we recognize this. I’m not perfect, I’m far from it. What I can tell you though, is as a sinner, I need to realize that when I choose to sin, I am turning my back on Christ. You do the same as well.

But, there is good news in all of this sadness and despair. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) can save you. Christ came to forgive you and to take upon your sins. When you confess your sins to a priest, you are forgiven of those sins and are reborn as a new person. Your old sinful self dies, to be resurrected as a brand new person, free from those attachments. The memories will still be there, but the guilt and the spiritual consequences will be lifted from you. I urge you to go! No sin is too big for Jesus.

Jeff August 22, 2012 2 Comments Permalink

Why Baptize Infants?

The other day I was asked an interesting question by a friend. The question was posed like this:

Infant Baptism: Jesus chose to be baptized Himself, we have Confirmation, so why do we need infant baptism?

To start off with why we Baptize infants, it is because of the belief of Original Sin from the fall of Adam and Eve. Baptism is what cleans the soul so that this Original Sin (and any sins that have occurred after) can be washed away and forgiven. Jesus tells John the Baptist to baptize Him, and John’s response is “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” (Mt 3:14). John recognizes that baptism is necessary and flows from Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Baptism completely forgives us of our sins. We baptize infants so that if something does happen to them before they reach the age of reason to choose to be baptized, they will be able to reach eternal salvation. Jesus also tells us that He wants us to go about and make disciples of all nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Mt 28:19).
The Sacrament of Confirmation is a completely different Sacrament. Upon the age of reason and usually within teen years, the individual is now able to choose upon themselves whether they want to be fully accepted into the Roman Catholic Church. After formation, the individual should have the reasoning and information they need to make a fully informed decision if they want to be accepted into the Church. If the teachers did their job successfully, the individual should be more than willing to make this decision.
We baptize infants because it is necessary for their salvation in Heaven. We do not know when God will call them up. We need baptism in order to obtain that salvation. There is no reason today why baptism would be difficult to obtain. Even with the priest shortage, it is quite easy to request. There are also numerous graces that can be obtained only through baptism as there are so many things that become more easy post baptism. As a convert, I can personally attest that I noticed a difference in many aspects of my life after my sins had been washed away.

Jeff January 8, 2011 Leave A Comment Permalink

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