RIP



  • Is there a biblical basis for that saying?

    I remember deaths in the family when I was younger and thinking if it was appropriate to say “rest in peace”.

    Didn’t really make sense given my understanding of Indian philosophy. (And cremation is the dominant way to deal with the body. So nothing is “resting”)

    But what’s the biblical basis for it? Doesn’t the soul leave after death?



  • According to La Wik, it originally was talking about the soul. May it find peace in the afterlife.



  • @xenon said in RIP:

    Is there a biblical basis for that saying?

    I remember deaths in the family when I was younger and thinking if it was appropriate to say “rest in peace”.

    Didn’t really make sense given my understanding of Indian philosophy. (And cremation is the dominant way to deal with the body. So nothing is “resting”)

    But what’s the biblical basis for it? Doesn’t the soul leave after death?

    Interesting question.

    Has to do with the Resurrection, I would guess.

    *1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

    13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

    14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

    15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

    16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

    17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

    18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. *



  • Makes sense. Thanks!



  • According to my top secret sources (OK, OK, dictionary.com), the Latin equivalent "requiescat in pace" started appearing on graves in the 8th century



  • Still think it goes back to the Resurrection.

    But I'm open to a different view.


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