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A question about reincarnation ?

I am a christian and i do not believe in reincarnation but i also have never thought about it in any depth. In my RE lesson today we were discussing this topic so i decided to look online there are some quite interesting and persuading videos. So how does everybody view reincarnation and please i want a reason i am not trying too prove or disprove anybody here as i do not believe in it myself and i am just simply bewildered by this. There are a few videos on youtube and some stories of past life regression. P.s the argument for ‘Where have all the extra souls come from as our population is growing’ Apparently one of the counter arguments for this is the animal kingdom being reincarnated into humans. Thank you , please just discuss your views in a mature manner.
Thank you all for your answers , I do not believe in reincarnation but that is no means to say i can’t ask and wonder about it. My main interest is theology so i like to question religions and religious doctirines.

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  1. Just as it is appointed that human beings die once, and after this the judgment … (Hebrews 9:27)
    Catholics and most other Christians believe there is no “reincarnation” after death.
    Death is the end of man’s earthly pilgrimage, of the time of grace and mercy which God offers him so as to work out his earthly life in keeping with the divine plan, and to decide his ultimate destiny. When “the single course of our earthly life” is completed, we shall not return to other earthly lives.
    Reincarnation is a common believe then the Eastern religions and traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Taoism.
    For more information, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, section 1013 and following: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt1sect2chpt3art11.htm#1013
    With love in Christ.

  2. Proverbs 23:12
    “Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.”
    Why bother with foolishness?

  3. People who think they have past lives actually suffer from an associative identity disorder. After all, why do they think they were Cleopatra or Napoleon rather than joe the barber from Wisconsin?

  4. Since energy (that which makes us go) can neither be created nor destroyed, only transported must, therefore continue on after our bodies die. That being true, it is easy to believe that that energy could flow in to another live being. Personally I do not believe that energy is self-aware.
    Nearly every other religious text I have read was obviously better thought out and made much more sense than does the bible. It would behoove you to learn more about other traditions and beliefs.
    Taoist/Atheist

  5. its a thing thats always intrigued me ….its is scientifically y probably if you can be incarnate you can repeat this feat so reincarnation is probably the closes to science as a form of afterlife

  6. As an ancient Christian, I do believe in reincarnation. One lifetime is short and is not long enough to learn all that a spirit needs to know. Is eternal damnation or cutting off justice for the mistakes of a few short years? Also I feel that God would consider the loss of one spirit a defeat. Purifying a spirit takes time. We will be held to the fire until all the dross is removed. As a silver smith will tell you, the impurities are gone when he can see his reflection in the silver. All impurities removed in us reveals God’s reflection in us when he looks at us.

  7. You should know from your faith that all human beings have an “eternal” inner being within them. In scripture this is known as the, “Inner Most Being.” Out of your ” inner most being” shall flow rivers of living waters etc! When you are born again of the Spirit that inner being is quickened or made alive “In Christ” and led directly into the Kingdom of Christ. No soul reincarnates. Every soul must be resurrected by the New Birth from above and that is called be born again of the Spirit. Once the new birth takes place your flesh or earthly body BELONGS to the Kingdom of Christ and must be resurrected on day in the future to be renew, glorified and reunited with your holy inner most being. If you have to pay attention to reincarnation than do it at a very shallow level. It is demonic and ungodly.

  8. Reincarnation in some form is a reasonable explanation to what happens to the soul or spirit after the body dies. If you already believe in a soul that is separate from the physical body, reincarnation isn’t much of a leap.
    Many people who believe in Spirit Guides (or “Guardian Angels” if you prefer that term) believe that they are souls of people who are not in a carnal form as we understand it, and for whatever reason help us out as we face our everyday trials. Still others believe that there are other planets and dimensions and universes, and Earth is just one place that our souls can choose to be physically born. In both cases it is assumed that there are more souls than there are people alive on Earth at any one time, so a rise in the population is just that, a rise in the number of people living on Earth in a carnal form.
    There are many ways to think about reincarnation, I’ve barely touched on it here. Remember that pretty much anything that is beyond our experiences here on Earth is anyone’s guess. If you’re really interested in the subject I would suggest that you read a variety of books and articles on the topic because people from different cultural and religious backgrounds are going to have very different viewpoints on the subject.

  9. Reincarnation is true, as Jesus explained, according to the NT: “Literally, truly: no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. I tell you the truth: unless he is born of water [physical birth] he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Unless he is born of the spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. The spirit is like the wind: you can hear it but you cannot tell where it comes from, or where it is going. So it is with those who are reborn: you cannot tell where they were before, or where they will be going. No one goes up to heaven but he who came down from heaven.”
    Jesus made it very clear that he was speaking of a literal rebirth. A suggested meaning of “born from above” bears this out, as illustrated by his teaching that no one can go up to heaven unless he first came down from heaven. Jesus showed surprise that Nicodemus as a teacher of Israel did not understand his teaching of reincarnation. This is because reincarnation has been an accepted teaching in Judaism from before the time of Christ.
    When Jesus healed a man blind from birth, the disciples asked Jesus who sinned, the man or his parents, that caused him to be born blind. How could a man sin before he was born, unless he had lived a prior life? Jesus did not answer that the man could not have sinned before he was born: he answered merely that this particular man was born blind so that the works of God could be manifest in him, through Jesus’ healing.
    John the Baptist’s sect were particularly devout believers in reincarnation. Jesus was regarded by John as the first man to achieve absolute perfection through many lifetimes. John, the disciples and even Paul considered Jesus to have been the final reincarnation of Adam, the first man. As Paul wrote, “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”
    Certainly, Jesus never intended his teachings to be construed to suggest that simply experiencing some sort of spiritual epiphany would magically give the individual a free pass to a divinely beautiful hereafter. Away from the rote of modern church dogma, such a belief is incongruous, even illogical, on the face of it.
    As a wise and rational teacher, Jesus’ intent was clearly to enlighten the world that a state of perfection is attainable through an actual and literal (verily, verily) rebirth, in order to achieve a Christlike understanding and indeed to become a follower in the footsteps of Jesus.
    Beyond the veil of death there is the promise of perfect wisdom, wonder and happiness, which are achievable through the resurrection of the spirit reborn anew with the flesh. As Jesus said, both the flesh and the spirit must return–none is so perfect that s/he need not be born again.

  10. I was born this time around with very distinct memories of my most recent life. This is very common in small children – see http://www.childpastlives.org and its moderated discussion forum if you’re interested. Most kids are encouraged by their families to dismiss their memories as ‘make believe.’ A recent case is highlighted here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1209795/Reincarnated-Our-son-World-War-II-pilot-come-life.html – and there is extensive and impressive research available for review in books by Dr. Ian Stevenson and a few other serious scientists.
    My view is that everything and everyone is a small fragment of the Cosmos (all that is). We are each, in other words, tiny pieces of God. Not the “God” imagined by primitive men in the bible, but God as represented by infinite energy, and nature, and universal laws… a non-judgmental, non-intervening God whom we, collectively, all are.
    We all began as blank canvases without personalities and knowledge, but by incarnating into temporal forms and interacting with one another in a corporeal environment we develop distinct consciousnesses, which evolve into individual identities.
    The purpose of reincarnation is to experience free will (not just our own but also the free will of others with whom we have contact) and to experience the consequences of that free will. Not everything “bad” that happens to us is karma, but what *is* karma will always teach us something and is always constructive. We’re here to learn, and to a large extent we design our own lives, the challenges we want to meet, the obstacles we want to overcome. The idea of a punishing spiteful deity is nonsense.
    We are on a wondrous, amazing journey toward enlightenment and perfection.
    Carl Sagan – brilliant scientific mind behind the “Cosmos” miniseries and books, part of the science team for the Voyagers spacecraft – and known for his tireless dedication to debunking claims of the paranormal. As a serious scientist, Sagan detested the “baloney” in the so-called supernatural world, and even founded a group specifically to examine and debunk paranormal claims. But after looking into the studies conducted by serious researchers, such as Dr. Ian Stevenson, in the field of reincarnation, Sagan was so impressed that he concluded [emphasis mine] that reincarnation is possible:
    “At the time of writing there are three claims in the ESP field which, in my opinion, deserve serious study: … (3) that young children sometimes report the DETAILS OF A PREVIOUS LIFE, which upon checking turn out to be ACCURATE and which they COULD NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT IN ANY WAY OTHER THAN REINCARNATION. I pick these claims … as examples of contentions that MIGHT BE TRUE.” – “Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark” by Carl Sagan (pg 300)

  11. Phoenix Fire Mystery doesn’t truly understand God’s word, and is twisting Scripture. Truth is, reincarnation is false, and that’s a fact of life, no matter what anyone believes.

  12. I do not disbelieve in reincarnation. I believe we are spiritual beings having a physical/human experience and not the other way around. We are all on a specific trip or mission if you will, and just as you will travel many journeys in this life your soul can have many missions too. The best books to read on the subject (written by psychologists based on actual hypnosis case studies) are Journey of Souls by Dr Michael Newton and Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr Brian Weiss.
    I find it so ironic that “Christians” who supposedly believe in life after death and the power of God would limit Him in this way.
    If you take the whole world population, the Christians are in the minority as far as this goes just to give it some perspective.
    Good for you for having an open mind, please don’t ever stop thinking for yourself.

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