I was wondering what religion(s) believes in Reincarnation.


  • Jewish mystics have always accepted reincarnation as fact. The Essene sect of Judaism to which Jesus and his cousin John the Baptist belonged taught reincarnation and karma — as did Jesus, before his teachings were given a makeover by the Roman authorities. Within two centuries the Romans had modified the Essene/Nazarene doctrines of rebirth, changing “reincarnation” into “resurrection” and building a church around their misunderstandings (and intentional corruptions) of Jesus’ message.

  • Lots of religions… most polytheistic religions and godless religions… Some people beleive in it and don’t have a religion. Gnostic Christians even believed in it.

  • It’s so hard to list them all, there are so many. I’m not high up enough to give thumbs down but whoever said Satan’s religions is a very narrow minded and brainwashed person. I’m sorry for you. Reincarnation is also in a lot of Pagan traditions, mine being Wicca.

  • Hinduism believes in reincarnation. So does Jainism and Sikhism.

    The idea was also entertained by some ancient Greek philosophers. Many modern Pagans also believe in reincarnation as do some New Age movements, along with followers of Spiritism, practitioners of certain African traditions, and students of esoteric philosophies such as Kabbalah, Sufism and Gnostic and Esoteric Christianity. The Buddhist concept of Rebirth although often referred to as reincarnation differs significantly from the Hindu-based traditions and New Age movements in that there is no unchanging “soul” (or eternal self) to reincarnate.



    There is a lot of confusion surrounding the concepts of Reincarnation and Rebirth. At first glance it seems like they are synonyms, but there is a big difference between these two concepts.

    The doctrine of reincarnation, also referred to as transmigration, is taught by Hinduism, Jainism and Gnostic Christianity. It’s main postulate is that there is an indestructible, eternal, personal element that travels from one life to the next. This element is called atman in the Hindu religion, jiva in the Jain faith and soul by Gnostic Christianity. Reincarnation assumes identity between the occupant of this body and, when this body dies, the occupant of the following body.

    In contrast, Buddhism teaches the doctrine of rebirth. Between a series of lifetimes there is a relationship of causality, not of identity. To make this more clear, let’s use the example of the falling dominos. If I place a series of dominos standing up in line next to each other, and I strike the first one to make it fall down, this causes the second one to fall down, and the next, until the last in line falls down. The fall of the first domino is the cause of the fall of the last one, but there is not a shared identity between the first and the last domino.

    When somebody dies, rebirth is caused by the continuation of the mental processes of the dead person in a new body. The new person however is not identical to the one that left the previous body (a lot of causes and conditions come into play to shape this new being), nor a completely different person (because of causality relation).

  • Obviously the Vedic faiths, and Buddhism standout, but what about the Christians and their being resurrected again at their judgment day isn’t that also being reincarnated?

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