Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Reincarnation

A very interesting topic. Does the Bible support reincarnation? The thing is, it's one of those things a Christian will say "NO" to and then chew on it for a while. After that while the Christian may begin to think of doctrines that may support it.

There are many tasty aspects to reincarnation from a doctrinal point of view (regardless of theological standpoint):

  1. Jesus rose from the dead

  2. In the new heaven and new earth, we will have new bodies

  3. If babies die, where do they go? Surely they get a second chance?


This is the kind of thinking I was once involved in. You kind of resist, but you don't really have a solid answer. Here it is: READ YOUR BIBLE. Stop leaning toward your own understanding!

Well, lets look at the argument first. The main thing to do is define the problem: Reincarnation. What is it?

literally "to be made flesh again", is a doctrine or mystical belief that some essential part of a living being (in some variations only human beings) survives death to be reborn in a new body.1



A new body. Well, Jesus did not have a new body when he rose, that would not prove he rose from the dead. To claim Jesus is an example of reincarnation denies the gospel itself. Thomas put his fingers on Jesus' wounds.

When we come to the new heaven and new earth, no one will be "born" again. The only new birth Christians speak about is the spiritual birth brought on by the Holy spirit. We will be raised from the dead, but no one will ever be born again.

Where do babies go where they die? Heaven. Do they get a second chance? No, they go to Heaven. Plain and simple, see the blog I did on this [here]. Revelation tells us that a group people from every tribe and every tongue will be saved. I believe it is the deaths of infants that are the representatives of those tribes.

Now we have looked at it from a theological viewpoint, but still no scripture references. Well, I challenge you to go and counter me with scripture references. The sad truth is, I would have nothing to blog about if I gave the scripture first:

"And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment" - Hebrews 9:27



What I am saying is be careful with pre-understandings. We must look to the bible for answers, so that we may "give a reason for the hope that is in us." But never forsake the word of God.

1 Wikipedia.com Reincarnation, Accessed 15 August 2007

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