any1 here believe in rebirth?even though i am technically a christian,i also believe in rebirth/reincarnation.

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even according to the christian bible,john the baptist was the reincarnation of elijia(sp?).i have heard of many instances where reincarnation was strongly exemplified and basically proven to at least a seemingly strong degree.for example,under hypnosis,people are able to re-live past lives and i’ve heard an awfull lot about past life regression as well.also,i do believe in heavenly and hellish dimensions and alternate dimensions which in the catholic faith would be referrred to as purgatory.and to the atheists who wish to chime in,please refrain from unneccessary rude remarks.this question isnt about arguing between creationism and evolution,or is there a god or what religion is best or my god vs you’re god.i want to keep this topic centered around the possible prospective human fate of endless rebirth/reincarnation.i will argue about my stance on creationism/intelligent design in a seperately made “question thread”.

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connie

No, John the baptist was not the reincarnation of Elijah, he was a type of Elijah, but remained John. You are being tempted by satan in believing lies (reincarnation), which is against the Word of God. The bible clearly tells us that we are born physically once, then die. Then we go to heaven or hell, period…..no reincarnation. You either believe on the Word of God or you don’t, even if the idea of reincarnation interests you or your human mind tries to incorporate it into reality. Follow the Word of God, not satan’s lures from God’s Word. God bless

Xx_-piXie-_xX

Well taking it from a basic point. Isnt it true that in catholicism, rebirth exists so that men can grow spiritually? and then in buddhism reencarnation occurs because that is the cycle of life?

Billie N

I wonder about reincarnation myself. i would like 2 believe but something inside me says naw… god is all knowing. he doesnt have 2 use the same spirits over and over. he loves us more than we love our own kids. would u keep sending your child back thru this life as we know it. dont think so.. my baby was 29 when he died this past dec. 07 his life was practically a living hell on earth. he had cystic fibrosis. he truly suffered his whole life. looking back i really dont c how he did it but he did because that was gods plan 4 him. would i have him come back to our life here on this earth. nope not in my life time never ever.

jerrys1960

Lets tackle your questions one at a time:
But first lets start with a little history of reincarnation:

Before the 1960s, it was called “Transmigration of the Soul”. This belief is rooted in religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.
What did “Transmigration of the Soul” teach?
Basically it taught that at death the soul would be reborn into another animal, human, plant, or god. According to this teaching, the lowest life form was a clod of dirt. There was only one thing worse than that…being reborn as a woman. (Sorry ladies, but that really was what they taught and in some locations still do.)
This “sexist” belief did not sit well with Western society, so the belief was modified into what we now know as “Reincarnation”.
Many who believed in “Transmigration of the Soul” would often refuse to kill a cockroach because of their belief that the roach could be one of their ancestors. (One of the reasons for so much illness and food shortages in some of those areas … you have to be willing to get rid of the mice and the rats.)
Today many who believe in Reincarnation rarely have this same regard for the animal and plant kingdom. Basically, the belief now is that we only come back as someone else.

A few of the things The Bible says about reincarnation is:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. (2 Corinthians 5:10)
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Matthew 25:41
For we know that if the tent (our body) that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (2 Corinthians 5:1)
He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again. (Psalm 78:39)
“When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up. “He will not return again to his house, Nor will his place know him anymore. (Job 7:9-10)
Before I go– and I shall not return– To the land of darkness and deep shadow; (Job 10:21)
“For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return. (Job 16:22)

According to the Christian bible, John the Baptist was the reincarnation of Elijah.
There are some groups that each that John and even Jesus were actually sprits of others. But that is a doctrine/idea that is not biblical. John the Baptist did have a predestined life as the forerunner of Jesus. But Elijah he was not. Nor did John have the same mannerisms as Elijah.
However the most important part to consider regarding John being the reincarnation of Elijah would be John 1:19-28
The Testimony of John the Baptist
19. And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem, to ask him, Who art thou?
20. And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
21. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elijah? and he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
22. Then said they to him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
23. He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah.
24. And they who were sent were of the Pharisees.
25. And they asked him, and said to him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou art not that Christ, nor Elijah, neither that prophet?
26. John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
27. He it is, who coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoes’ latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
28. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
I don’t know how it can be much more clear than verse 21 regarding John not being Elijah.

I have heard of many instances where reincarnation was strongly exemplified
and basically proven to at least a seemingly strong degree. For example, under hypnosis, people are able to re-live past lives and I’ve heard an awful lot about past life regression as well also:
Unfortunately hypnosis is far from and exact science and the person being hypnotized is very open to any suggestions made either intentionally or unintentionally. As for the reliability of past life regression. Consider how many people claim to have been the same person in the past, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Napoleon, Joan of Ark, etc.
Normally it is taught by groups that believe in reincarnation the soul of a person goes in tact into another body after death. The multiple occurrences of any person from the past famous or not which many people claim to have been during the hypnotic life regression tends to put a lot of doubt on past life regression.

I do believe in heavenly and hellish dimensions and alternate dimensions which in the catholic faith would be referred to as purgatory.
I guess dimensions is as good of a term to use as any to describe places that we can not even begin to imagine from our limited worldly view points. However is there a purgatory the way the Catholics teach it? Not without splicing pieces and parts of the bible together to try to prove it is there. However could there be something in between heaven and hell. The bible does talk about demons being released from hell and the gates opened. As well as a place souls await judgement. So there might be something in between heaven and hell. But a place where one’s family and friends can essentially buy your soul “a ticket” into heaven that type of purgatory is just not biblical.

May Our Creator watch over you and your family.

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