Reincarnation is the Eastern belief that a persons soul or spirit is repeatedly born into different bodies after death. This process continues until the person has gone through enough rebirths to attain purity and perfection. The determining factor to this perfection is dependent on his or her bad or good works in life (karma).
More people than ever before now believe in reincarnation. Even some who profess Christianity have incorporated it into their beliefs. Magazines and TV shows indoctrinate people about this idea. Why are so many people convinced that they have lived before? Personal Freedom Outreach have pointed out various explanations:
Problems with reincarnation:
New Agers will sometimes cite passage from the Bible to back up their beliefs on reincarnation. A popular example is Jesus' words regarding John the Baptist in the Gospels. In Matthew 11:14 Jesus says of John: "And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come." Matthew 17:12 states: "Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you Elijah has already come, and they did not recognise him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of man is going to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist." (c.f. Mark 9:11-13) It should first be noted that another coming of Elijah was prophesied by Malachi (4:5-6) to occur before the day of judgement. Also, the Old Testament clearly shows that Elijah never died (which would certainly have to have been required if reincarnation was in view), but was rather taken directly to heaven to be with the Lord (2 Kings 2:1, 11-12). It would appear that in the same way that Elisha, the servant of Elijah, received the same power that Elijah had (see 2 Kings 2:9-15), yet retained his own identity, John the Baptist likewise came in the same power, authority, and spirit of Elijah but maintained his own identity as well. This is clarified by the words of Jesus at Luke 1:17: "And he will go before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah..." Furthermore, Elijah himself appears before Jesus and the disciples at Matthew 17:1-3. Finally, John the Baptist himself plainly states that he is not Elijah (John 1:21).
The Bible does not support reincarnation, but rather the opposite, there is just one life to live, we die, and we are judged: Hebrews 9:27 clearly states : "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement." Instead of reincarnation, the Bible speaks of resurrection. There will be a resurrection of the godly and the ungodly on the day of judgement.
"And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and
heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the
small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which
is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books,
according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and the dead which
were in them according to their deeds. And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.
This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in
the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire."(Revelation 20:11-15)
God has given us but one life to live, in the body, this side of eternity. In this flesh and blood condition, we live once, we die, and we face judgement before a holy and Almighty God. The good new is that Christ was judged in our place on the cross and rose again to give us eternal life. By receiving Him, and what He has done, into our lives, we can enter into God's eternal kingdom and never die again.
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