Two Or Three Dead Christians' Gravesites

For where two or three are gathered together in

my name, there am I in the midst of them.

---Matthew 18:20

 

Where two or three dead Christians have been buried

becomes, in all dimensions, sacred ground;

from which all evil has been heaved and harried,

and can no longer haunt; nor lurk around.

 

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Not yet. I hope you don't mind me asking, I will do my best to understand and respect your answer.

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I am sorry for the failure to

I am sorry for the failure to reply, and please forgive me as it was not intended to be disrespectful at all.  I am a forget ful old man, and I do not always check my email as often as I should.  

 

Prior to early Christianity, Rome, itself, held that burial places were considered sacre---that is a holy place given respect; and, in the Roman case, even fear.  Due to what was believed to be a customary Roman avoidance of burial places, Lew Wallace found an interesting conclusion to his novel, Ben Hur, by having the hero, a very wealthy man, buy up unused catacombs beneath the city of Rome as a hiding place for persectued Christians, because of the Roman avoidance of cemeteries.  The Christians assumed the respect for the sacredness, without the fear of the dead buried within, and this tradition became a part of our practice.  The Vatican facility is actually built on what used to be an execution site; Simon Peter is said to have been crucified, upside down, on Vatican Hill.

 

Does this give the burial ground a different quality?  Well, only in the spiritual/emotional sense.   Dirt is dirt, stones are stone.  But, to me, there is definitely a sacredness in an exslusively Christian burial site.  There is one we visit on our Memorial Day travels---it is a genuine pioneer cemetery (the latest burial as 1790), all Baptists (it was private property of a small church), and, I believe, one can feel a differentness there that is not present in the large municipal cemeteries.  But I have also felt that at the Gettysburg battlefield which, in my personal opinion is one of the most sacred sites on earth.

 

Would it be different if they had worshipped someone or something other than Christ?  I cannot speak to that question as I do not have enough theology for it.  However, in my personal experience, I try to treat any burial place as sacred due to the emotions that have been spent there.  For example if I could visit the tomb, in Egypt, of Tutankhamen (one of my early ambitions, alas never to be realized now), it would be the same for me as my experience at Gettysburg, regardless of what that Egyptian pharaoh actually believed.

 

 


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Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I find cemeteries a restful and thoughtful place for an occasional stroll. I have yeþ to experience a spiritual reverence, apart from the ashes-to-ashes emotional response. I compliment you on your theological studies, and appreciate the insight.

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Thank you.  And cemeteries

Thank you.  And cemeteries can be restful and thoughtful.  I prefer the more rural cemeteries to the busy urban areas.


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I have come back three times

I have come back three times to this poem. I have questions, please help me understand.

 

Is the ground sacred because Christians are buried there? What does sacred mean, anyway? Does it impart a certain quality to their burial ground?

If they worshipped a different deity, would the site be not sacred?

 

What evil are you referring to? How does it haunt? What does harried mean?

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Did I answer this?  If not,

Did I answer this?  If not, please let me know.  I would not have meant to be rude by ignoring the questions.


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