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  • Paulo Dias
    Hi. Welcome!!! The last message was http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ocams/message/747 More links here. What do you think? Reincarnation is against Bible?
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 7, 2007
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      More links here. What do you think? Reincarnation is against Bible?


      Reincarnation: It's Background

      Reincarnation comes from the Hindu-buddhist philosophy of soul
      transmigration. This is the "religious" concept of the eternal birth-
      death-birth cycle, where a soul moves from body to body. The status
      of each successive body, whether human or animal, is the direct
      result of the quality of the life the soul led in the previous body.
      Thus, a "good" life results in rebirth to a higher quality form, and
      a "bad" life results in rebirth to a lower quality form. This forward
      and backward progression is based on the Law of Karma, a central
      foundation of Hinduism and other Eastern-based philosophies. As most
      of us know, Karma teaches that good deeds are rewarded and bad deeds
      are punished. The ultimate goal in this Karma cycle is for the soul
      to progress to the highest level of existence and become one with the
      universe. Reincarnation is taught side-by-side with pantheism, the
      belief that everything is God and God is in everything. Reincarnation
      and pantheism are the central doctrines of Hinduism and occultism,
      variations of which have grown popular in the Western world in recent

      Reincarnation: It's Impact on Western Thought
      Reincarnation appeals to Western "religious" thinking, such as the
      New Age philosophies, because the life cycle concept provides people
      with unlimited chances to get life right. With reincarnation, we have
      no imminent or compelling reason to figure out the meaning of life
      with respect to God and fellow man. We can feel our way through
      existence, and, if need be, "get it right in the next life."
      Remarkably, recent surveys reveal that nearly 60% of Americans
      believe reincarnation is possible. Not only has reincarnation entered
      Western thought through various New Age teachings, reincarnation has
      surfaced in the Christian church and certain "Christian" variants.
      Actually, the Bible is sometimes cited to support a belief in
      reincarnation, or at least the possibility that reincarnation can
      coexist with Christianity. The remainder of this piece will address
      four biblical citations used by reincarnationists to support this
      misguided doctrine.

      Reincarnation: It's Misuse in Christianity and Elsewhere
      Reincarnation in Matthew 11:14: Reincarnationists cite Jesus'
      statement in Matthew 11:14 that John the Baptist was Elijah. However,
      this is not the complete context of the scripture. Luke 1:17 tells us
      that John the Baptist would precede Christ "with the spirit and power
      of Elijah." In addition, John the Baptist himself denied that he was
      Elijah in John 1:21. We must also remember that Old Testament
      scripture teaches that Elijah never experienced physical death (2
      Kings 2:11). This fact is again stressed in the New Testament when
      Elijah appears with Moses at the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew
      17:3). Reincarnation in John 3:3: Jesus tells Nicodemus that to see
      the Kingdom of God one must be "born again." Here, many
      reincarnationists declare that Jesus is supporting the idea that a
      series of rebirths is necessary to achieve life cycle "perfection."
      Of course, one must read the entire passage to understand the
      complete context. When Nicodemus expresses his bewilderment about a
      second physical birth, Jesus immediately sets Nicodemus straight. In
      John 3:4-5, Jesus specifically refutes the concept of physical
      rebirth, and is very clear in stating that this "rebirth" is a
      spiritual one. Reincarnation in John 9:1-3: This scripture tells of a
      man born blind and deals with the question of whose sin was the cause
      of his blindness. Reincarnationists say this biblical question is in
      line with the Law of Karma. However, the scripture does not end with
      this question. Rather, it ends with the reply of Jesus -- that the
      man's blindness was in no way related to sin. Therefore, we see no
      connection whatsoever with any Karma-like doctrine. Reincarnation in
      Hebrews 7:2-3: Reincarnationists maintain that this scripture
      portrays Jesus as Melchizedek in a previous incarnation. However, a
      very simple review of the scripture will show that Melchizedek
      was "made like unto the Son of God," not that he was the Son of God,
      Jesus Christ. The scripture merely says that there is no record of
      Melchizedek's birth or death, and that his unique priest-hood was not
      transferable to another. Melchizedek is only being compared to Jesus,
      not being declared a previous incarnation of Him.

      Reincarnation: What the Bible Does Say
      Hebrews 9:27 clearly refutes the doctrine of reincarnation -- "it is
      appointed for men to die once, and after this comes judgment." Simply
      stated, reincarnation is not compatible with Christian doctrine. In
      fact, the Bible clearly teaches that the wages of sin is death
      (Romans 6:23). Reincarnation is the same deception used by Satan in
      the Garden of Eden when he told Eve, "You surely shall not die." The
      Bible teaches that eternal salvation from sin is a gift from God
      through Jesus Christ. Reincarnation is a myth, which teaches
      that "salvation" will ultimately come to those who have perfected
      themselves at the end of their Karma-based life cycle.
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