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Does the Bible contain evidence of belief in reincarnation?

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Matt. 17:12, 13: “[Jesus said:] ‘Elijah has already come and they did not recognize him but did with him the things they wanted. In this way also the Son of man is destined to suffer at their hands.’ Then the disciples perceived that he spoke to them about John the Baptist.”

Did this mean that John the Baptist was a reincarnated Elijah? When Jewish priests asked John, “Are you Elijah?” he said, “I am not.” (John 1:21) What, then, did Jesus mean? As Jehovah’s angel foretold, John went before Jehovah’s Messiah “with Elijah’s spirit and power, to turn back the hearts of fathers to children and the disobedient ones to the practical wisdom of righteous ones, to get ready for Jehovah a prepared people.” (Luke 1:17) So John the Baptist was fulfilling prophecy by doing a work like that of the prophet Elijah.—Mal. 4:5, 6.

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  • No. Quite the opposite, in fact. Belief in reincarnation presupposes a belief in an immortal spirit. The bible tells us that the soul is MORTAL. Ezekiel 18:4 – “the soul that is sinning, it itself will DIE”

  • Did this mean that John the Baptist was a reincarnated Elijah?
    * No, no reincarnation.
    * It means John was a prophet in the style of Elijah.

  • the term born again was used by christ, and there was a man who asked what does this mean, can a man be born of his mother a second time?
    the answer is YES. if the spirit can be born once, it can be made to be born again.

    however, most pratical interpretations of what it means to be born again, is implied and connected to repentance and coversion of faith in the heart and mind.
    the resurrection is also loosely defined as being born again, given new life, which is incorruptible
    in LDS theology, the resurrection is defined as spirit being joined to body for eternity.

    the bible does have TWO very contradictory verses which has also been interpreted as NOT allowing any kind of reincarnation.
    the first one says man is meant only to live ONCE and then die and the judgment.
    the other is the description of spirit prison where Peter describes the last place of disobedient spirits. that they were in this spirit prison until at least the resurrection of christ from the days of noah.
    what a person can conclude from these verses is that reincarnation is NOT the position of all spirit. some are denied completely while other dont even need it.

    p.s. the verse you described DOES NOT teach that reincarnation exists, it teaches that men already believed in something that defines what is reconizable from other part of other religions.
    there are non religious and scientific discoveries of testimonies of children speaking thing they do not know of. but even these things are not proof entirely of reincarnation. these experiences could be a form of mind control or even demon possessions of little children. however, most the world believes that reincarnation exists. becasue of these experiences of children.
    the engineering possibilities can be easily manipulated.

    that said, one conclusion of reincarnation is that every person has to live as many lives as there are leaves on a tree in order to gain ascension.
    the difference in christianity is that Jesus preached the remissioin of sins, and the mission of the holy ghost is to lead Men into all truth. with the holy ghost a true valiant man could obtain what ascension means if he follows the shepherd in the first place.

    after all, they “supposed” that Jesus was the reincarnation of John the baptist, Their Vain imagination was wrong to conclude it, therefore many things are likewise Wrong

  • No.
    Reincarnation is the belief that you can work your way to eternal life. Instead of forgiveness you get another chance to learn from you mistakes in your last life. The Hindus know this is the work of demons. They have a ritual that few try. They invite all the demons of their gods to enter them so that they will get all the lives over at one time. The bible says there is only one life.

    Hebrews 9:26-28

    26For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

    27And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

    28So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

  • No.. Hebrews 9:27 states that “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”

    Have a great one!

  • You need to know that some people in those days did believe in reincarnation. But that does not mean it is true. Many in those days believed in other Gods too. Some did not believe in the resurrection either. Some believed that you could do whatever you want and still be saved. Much like people today believe in once saved always saved.

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