Reincarnation is not taught in the Bible!

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Reincarnation says that the soul of one is reborn in another body or form. The idea that demons are spirits of departed wicked men come back to life in the body of another seems to me to be a form of reincarnation. The reason why a cow is so well treated in countries like India is because the 'cow' just might be grandmother or some other relative reincarnated.

Jean Dixon: In the National Enquirer, Dec. 10, 1974, Jean Dixon said, "We're on the Brink of Discovering the Amazing Secrets of Reincarnation... All of us have lived before. And all the knowledge from our previous lives will surface with tremendous and wonderful consequences. . . Telepathy will become the everyday of communication... Age-old remedies will be rediscovered and applied to modern medical know how, eliminating all killer diseases... In earlier lives some of us were great scientists like DaVince, Galileo and Copernicus. We'll reach into the deepest recesses of our minds and draw out these great thoughts, theories, and ideas of centuries ago."

"Foremost Authority": The National Enquirer of Feb. 14, 1978, page 37, says Dr. Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia is "the world's foremost authority on reincarnation." He claims to have "new evidence that after people die they can be born again." He gives "evidence" (?) of an Indian born again as his own nephew; a boy who was in on earlier life his own uncle, and woman born again as the daughter of a good friend. One psychic researcher said, "I feel it is strong evidence of possible reincarnation."

There needs to be kept in mind the big difference in the Biblical doctrine of life after death and in reincarnation; they are not the same.

Old Testament passages that refute Reincarnation:

  1. Of such Old Testament characters as Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah and Lamech the Bible says "and all the days of" giving their name "were" giving their ages (Gen. 5:5, 8, 11, 14. 17, 20, 23, 27, 31). If all their days were a certain number, then they did not have any more. If Methuselah had some days after 969 years, then 969 years were not "all the days of' him; they were just part of his days.
  2. 2 Sam. 12:23 Of the child born to David and Bathsheba, David said when he died, "can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me."
  3. 2 Sam. 14:14 says "we must needs die, and are as water split on the ground. which cannot be gathered up again, neither doth God respect any person.
  4. Job 14:1-2 "Man that is born of woman is a few days, and, full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down." Man has a "few days" not a New days" and then a "Few days" again.
  5. Dan. 12:2 of those that "sleep in the dust of the earth" Daniel said they shall "awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt Those that sleep will not awake to be reincarnated
  6. Eccl. 3:2 says there is a "time to be born, and a time to die;" not times to be born and times to die.
  7. 2 Kings 4:35-36 when the son of the Shunammite woman died, Elisha raised him, the same boy, back to life. He came back to life as himself, not as his uncle Or some friend.

New Testament passages that refute Reincarnation:

There are not only the above Old Testament Passages that disprove reincarnation, but some New Testament passages bear on the matter.

  1. Mk. 5:35-43 When Jesus raised this damsel from the dead, it was the dead damsel that &rose in the "me body she had when Jesus took her by the hand. She did not come back from the dead in another body.
  2. Luke 7:11-18 Jesus raised a young man from the dead. He sat up with the same body, It was not the young man as a relative that was resurrected.
  3. John 11:43-44 Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and he came forth with his grave clothes on, thus the same body.
  4. Acts 9:36-43 When Peter raised Dorcas from the dead, she came forth in the same body she had. She was not reincarnated in another body.
  5. Acts 20:9-12 Eutychus was "taken up dead" and Paul said "his life is in him" and he was "alive." After his death he did not come back in another body of either man or beast.
  6. 2 Cor 6:1-10 Paul said we have "our earthly house" not houses and judgment will be according to what we have done "in this body," not in "these bodies." If man is reincarnated, he will not be judged for what he does in all of his bodies, just one.
  7. 2 Cor 5:6-8 Paul contrasts the choice "we" have as being "at home in the body" as "absent from the Lord" and "absent from the body" and "present with the Lord." In Phil. 1:21-24 he shows to be "in the flesh" is the opposite of being "with Christ." When absent from the body, Paul was not looking to be reincarnated in another body in a future life back here on earth.
  8. Heb. 9:27 In this plain passage we read "as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." One death and then judgment; not several deaths and more lives of reincarnation.
  9. 2 Tim. 4:1-8 Paul said when his departure took place he had a crown of righteousness waiting him, not another life in another body by reincarnation.
  10. John 16:13-15 Jesus said the Holy Spirit would guide the apostles into "all truth." They were not guided by the Spirit into teaching the doctrine of reincarnation. Therefore, reincarnation is not any part of "a truth."
  11. 2 Peter 1:3 Peter said "his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness." Reincarnation was not that which his divine power gave, thus, it does not pertain to life or godliness.
  12. 2 Cor 6:7 Paul said we walk by faith and Rom. 10:17 teaches faith comes by hearing the word of God. If there is no word of God for the doctrine of reincarnation, and there is not, then it can not be taught or believed by faith, Paul warns "beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, and after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ" (Col 2:8).

The doctrine is one of those which did not originate with Christ and may be classified as "philosophy," , 'vain deceits." "rudiments of the world" and "traditions of men."

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