Does “Rest in Peace” (RIP) Have a Christian Origin?

October 17, 2019
Does "Rest in Peace" (RIP) Have a Christian Origin?

RIP, an acronym for “Rest in Peace,” is a common condolence at funerals and a general response to someone’s death.

But RIP has also become a pop-culture catchphrase with many different connotations. Though the term occasionally drifts from its original use, RIP is still widely used in conversation when someone has passed away.

Secularly, it communicates a general respect for the one whom has died and condolence for friends and relatives who were close to that person. For Christians, we are reminded of the peace God brings from the pain of death for those who follow Christ. “There is no ‘R.I.P.’ without the ‘R’or ‘P,’” wrote Barnabas Piper of Ligonier Ministries “and Jesus is the only way to both.” Origin and History of “Rest in Peace” The phrase began as a prayer, wishing those who died had […]

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