How do Christians feel about Past Life Regression & Hypnotherapy? How do you believe the results are obtained?
Since reincarnation is taught in Christianity, when people say they recall memories of past lives after undergoing these techniques, what do you believe they are truly experiencing?
You'll find closeted Reincarnationists among Christians. The dad of a friend of mine is a devout Reincarnationist – and he's also a Methodist minister. He won't tell his parishioners his beliefs about the literal idea of being "born again" (as Jesus actually intended it to be interpreted) because it really doesn't matter in the scheme of things if a person believes in rebirth or not; reincarnation happens to believers and nonbelievers alike.
Jesus was an Essene rabbi. Essenes were Reincarnationists – and that's a historical fact. Jesus believed in and taught reincarnation and karma. There are many remnants of these teachings left in the bible if the reader has eyes, ears and common sense to receive the truth.
Skeptics say it's all imagination. But, again, it really doesn't matter what skeptics say, because reincarnation is simply fact. Reincarnation is the process of perfecting the soul through karmic experiences that challenge and enlighten us. It was an integral part of the Essenes, the Jewish sect to which John the Baptist and his cousin Jesus belonged, and it was an important part of early Christianity, too, until the church decided that in order to have absolute control over men's hereafters they had to do away with, edit and reinterpret the biblical references to reincarnation.
The "once to die" sounds like an absolute statement not open to debate until you come to understand that it is boldly contradicted by the Bible itself: "They (the dead) were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. THIS IS THE SECOND DEATH. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast (to suffer a second death) into the lake of fire." [Rev 20:12-15]
The book of Revelation has quotes from John, an angel, and Jesus Christ, all using the phrase "second death". It's quite obvious that if Paul were writing the truth he did not literally mean "once to die" but meant "man" as in "one lifetime": we die once each lifetime, then comes the judgment (determining the karma of the next life).
There are other scriptures that will deceive you if they are read with a black and white state of mind: A pertinent one by Paul states: "I die daily." Obviously this was not a literal statement, and just as obviously, considering the beliefs of the Essenes (which Jesus embraced), neither is that man dies "but once." The man may in fact die only once per lifetime, but the man is not the eternal portion of the human spirit which continues to reincarnate.
For the literalists, how about this: Jesus told us to cut off our right hand if it offends us [Matt 5:30] and talked about making oneself a eunuch (castrating oneself) for the kingdom of heaven [Matt 19:12] ... even the most hard-headed fundamentalists realize that this was not meant literally, yet they cling to the erroneous belief that reincarnation was not part of Jesus's teachings nor the early Christian church.
Look at the verse that precedes the "once to die" scripture: "But now once in the end of the world hath he (Christ) appeared to put away sin by sacrifice of himself." [Heb 9:26] If the verse is taken literally, it clearly states that Jesus appeared only once at the end of the world, to sacrifice himself. Two thousand years later, those who thought Paul was talking about the real "end of the world" were wrong. And Jesus did not appear "once" but appeared many times to many people.
To interpret this scripture accurately one has to read it in its correct context as well as examine the Greek from which it was translated. A closer look at the original Greek we find that the word "world" is actually a mistranslation. It comes from the word "aion". The modern English word "eon" is derived from this and it means "an age". So we see that Jesus came once at not the end of the world, but the end of an era. We realize that his "one" coming refers to his physical life (with all his numerous appearances counted as one) at the end of one age and the beginning of a new one.
So there really is no question that Hebrews 9:26 can't be interpreted in a black and white, literal way. The appointment "once to die" has a deeper meaning below the surface.
In examining this scripture there are three words that are generally overlooked: "men", "but", and "judgment". To quote this scripture with the emphasis on these words: 'And as it is appointed unto MEN once to die, BUT after this the JUDGMENT." An important sidenote is that "men" comes from the Greek ANTHROPOS which in this context indicates the human race as a whole
It was the resurrection of life that Paul spoke of when he said that it was something he had to attain: "If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after." [Phil 3:11-12]
Paul indicates that we must be "perfect" to "attain" this resurrection. He can only be referring to the resurrection of life for Jesus said that all the evil ones go to "the resurrection of correction" while they who have done good attain the "better resurrection".
Paul is clearly referring to reincarnation. We are sent again and again to the "resurrection of correction" to live life after life on the earth, and then when we have corrected our errors and become without sin as was Jesus we "attain" unto the resurrection of "life" and "this mortal must put on immortality".
How do we avoid the resurrection of correction? According to Jesus:: "He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation [from KRISIS, the resurrection of correction]: but is passed from death unto life." [John 5:24]
The scriptures plainly tell us that by hearing, believing, and doing the words of God so that we are perfected leads to escaping the resurrection of Krisis and "attaining" the resurrection of life.
With this knowledge in mind we can place still another interpretation on Hebrews 9 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die (in this present age), on the other hand after this comes the resurrection of correction" (where we will be born and die again in a future age.)"
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.
With love in Christ.
Eligsha come again. Of course it is there! Most folks in the anceint world held this beleif!
Please don't invent something that is not there in the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. Theres no such doctrine as "Reincarnation". You just invent a "straw dummy".
There are more than 600 doctrines in the Holy Bible and there is none that even refers to this eastern religious doctrine of Buddhism, Confusianism, Hinduism Taoism etc.
anyone here who says that Reincarnation has anything to do with Christianity is a liar- It has nothing to do with Jesus, who came to earth to die for our redemption and salvation- to sugegst otherwise is heresy and if you supplant true and sound doctrines of Christianity with falsehoods such as reincarnation then you are a heretic. Please stop twisting Christian faith to mean what YOU want it to mean, if you want to believe in reincarnation then go and join one of your estern religions like those mentioned above but stop defiling our faith with your eastern heresy. It is impossible to be a true christian and believe in reincarnation. @the OP: No reincarnation is not 'taught in Christianity' i have no idea who is telling you this but I promise you it isn't true- stop being decieved by heretics.
PS- "it is appointed for man to die once and then face the judgement.." -hebrews 9:27
there is no place for reincarnation, Karma, or other new age eastern heresy in Christianity, FACT.
Seriously amazing ! Jesus said we would understand all mysteries but literalists are too afraid to ask questions .
How can anyone think reincarnation was not a belief of the day with Jesus? Jesus himself said that if we can accept it, John The Baptist was Elijah (Mat 11:14) When asked who people thought Jesus was, the disciples said (Mathew 16:14) "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." Those are just two references which indicate that thought was around, there are others. Whether you believe it yourself or not is another matter.