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Grave Desecration and Orthodoxy:
In Greece people are charged totally staggeringly high amounts of money to keep a deceased loved one buried, and if that massive amount of money is not paid the dead person is dug up and thrown into a pit of bones, or sometimes the family pays for an ossuary. It is like a mafia extortion racket - you have two choices - bankruptcy or exhumation. It is quite disgusting. In order to perpetuate this the Orthodox church bans cremation, and as you will see from the link to a BBC TV page above, Orthodox bishops say cremation of the body renders a person into nothingness. Their false church kept uneducated peasants trapped and deceived by such ludicrous traditions in the past, so don't you think it is time that Orthodoxy got its comeuppance and people started recognizing that such stupid traditions and absurd fake miracles like the Holy Fire fraud actually prove they are a counterfeit church, and that shows you the hocus pocus of the Orthodox mass is fake too?
At one time charging money for a funeral was considered akin to the sin of simony by various Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, but then someone thought up a clever ploy that you must give m0ney - not to pay for the minister to do the funeral - but to compensate him for time lost elsewhere, a pretty low-life sophist excuse to get paid for doing it. I think the Orthodox do not get paid for actually performing the avalanche of rites and overseeing the traditions of the funeral (I must verify this) but is it them or a secular cemetery owner who puts the mourners in this mafia style extortion racket of choosing between massive fees (bankruptcy for some) or exhumation? Everything seems to point to it being the church that is usually doing this so far in my research, and if so it is one of the more disgusting practices of the Orthodox (so called) church. Would the Orthodox usually perform all those rites and rituals, then consecrate ground in a secular cemetery? I say this as one has to look at the big worldwide picture of what goes on.
The Orthodox church adopts a strategy of buying up land to increase its power and influence in countries. In Greece the Orthodox own huge amounts of land, ironically purchased with the money from free-will-donations from the congregations. Why then doesn't the Orthodox church use some of the land to make more and bigger cemeteries and charge less? The reason is this.....
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore you shall receive the greater condemnation." Matthew 23:14.
The reason is because the Orthodox hierarchy are a bunch of pharisees devouring money from the bereaved. It is a wicked and hideous practice if its the church getting that money. Apparently the Orthodox make up the altruistic sounding excuse that people are dug up this way, and vast amounts of money charged for grave space to "save arable land" which is a very lame excuse.
also - ORTHODOXY and SUICIDE:
also: ORTHODOXY and MUST be buried in so called "consecrated" ground. Who says so? Why is ground blessed via sinful sacerdotalist priests "consecrated"?
also: ORTHODOXY and no resurrection for those cremated.
I think the Eastern Orthodox church will not bury people who commit suicide. If so.... is it right to refuse to do that? I have yet to find out if they refuse to bury homosexuals and others they disagree with.
BBC NEWS STORY
BBC Documentaries "Greece: No Place to die" with Chloe Hadjimatheou Part 1
BBC Documentaries "Greece: No Place to die" with Chloe Hadjimatheou Part 2
Sound only Greece: No Place to Die - BBC Radio 4 Crossing Continents:
1) The Greek Orthodox Church has an "infallible belief" that a cremated person cannot be resurrected.
"The church teaches that a body must be buried in order to be resurrected at the second coming. Archbishop Anthimos of Thessaloniki, argues that cremation is the rendering of a human being into nothingness."The Orthodox Church cannot accept cremation. Are we going to deny the teachings of the gospel after 2,000 years?" he says. He rejects the idea that bones left in the ground will eventually decompose, turning to dust that is no more ready for resurrection than the ash of a cremated body. And he seems to be unaware that most Greeks buried these days are exhumed. "I've been repeatedly to the main cemetery and I have never seen an exhumation," he says."
a different quotation ""The Church does not accept incineration of the body because it is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Anyone who expresses the intention to be incinerated confirms their separation from the Church and therefore does not have the right to a religious ceremony," the statement said."
Could it be that the church in Greece makes so much money from burying the dead, that they want cremation banned, as then they cannot charge extortionate fees when the 3 years are up? Do they own the ossuaries? Does "Anyone who expresses the intention to be incinerated confirms their separation from the Church" mean excommunication?
They dig up the dead, and throw them into mass graves, if the families of people buried on consecrated ground no longer have the money to pay the extortionate amount of cash demanded to keep them there. Does the church own these ossuaries?
THE SIMPLE SOLUTION IS PREVENTED:
The simply solution to the problem of the shortage of graves in Greece is simply to use land outside the cities to bury people, even if it is a secular cemetery. Churches here in England would do that. We have no problem with it, neither do churches here run an extortion racket by threatening to dig up people's relatives, and dump them into mass graves. As far as I know the Greek people are being literally BANKRUPTED while already in recession, simply because the church says their rituals about the dead cannot be performed that way - the ground must for a start "be consecrated ground". It just shows you what their dumb man made traditions, entirely outside the bible do.
Consecration of a Cemetery.
In the Orthodox Church there is a ritual for the "Consecration of a Cemetery", found in the Euchologion (Slavonic: Trebnik). A large cross is erected in the center of the cemetery. The ritual begins with the Lesser Blessing of Waters. Then the cross and the entire property are consecrated with prayers, incense and the sprinkling of holy water.
Persons for whom a funeral service may not be chanted (see paragraphs above) may not be buried in a consecrated cemetery without the blessing of the local bishop.
If it is not possible to bury an Orthodox Christian in a consecrated cemetery, the individual grave may be consecrated, using the rite called the "Blessing of a Grave".