The Jews asked Jesus whether the man (who was born blind) or his parents had sinned to cause it. How could he have sinned before he was born, unless he was reincarnated? Also, there are suggestions that people at the time believed that John the Baptist was the reincarnation of Elijah. Jesus seems to have taught something like karma when he says in the Sermon on the Mount that a person will not be released from punishment until he/she has paid the utmost farthing. It says in the Bible that a person will reap what he/she sows. It seems that belief in reincarnation was common at the time but that it has been suppressed afterwards by the church. (Some of the early Christians certainly believed it.)
I personally find reincarnation much more persuasive than the idea that you will be tortured for all eternity because your distant mythical ancestors stole a piece of fruit (unless you accept the torture and death of God’s only son for your salvation).
There is no teaching in the Bible that anyone will be punished for eternity. The exception is in one or two parts of Revelation (Apocalypse) which is highly symbolic and visionary. Historically there have been serious questions raised by Bible scholars as to whether Revelation should be in the Bible at all.
“Once to die.” Does that mean only once? “I went to the shop once.” (Doesn’t necessarily mean I didn’t go other times as well.) Try again, guys.
Check this out–it’s really interesting. There was this guy Origen in early Christian times who believed in reincarnation but the church establishment persecuted him. So what else is new…
Jesus clearly stated that Elias (Elijah) had come already, meaning John the Baptist. So he was saying that John the Baptist was Elijah. How could this have been, unless he meant that John the Baptist was the reincarnation of Elijah?
Misinterpreting? That’s a laugh. Why don’t people accept what Jesus said, instead of trying to find ways around it?