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I'm a catholic. But I believe in reincarnation, anybody else?

I’ve had many recurring dreams always of the same thing, in the same time period, and they always end in my death. I got to thinking that maybe I had lived before, and been reincarnated. But this does go against my catholic upbringing.
maybe just genetic encoded memories?

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  1. Two options
    1. Your are the messiah (do your dream include riding a donkey)
    2. They are just dreams brought on by you thinking about this kind of thing while awake.

  2. religion isn’t something you can just pick and choose to believe portions of. either believe all or nothing, or pick a religion that best suits your needs. you’re missing the point of religion

  3. Beh, “genetic encoded memories” that’s just physically impossible.
    If there was reincarnation, there wouldn’t be an origin to life on earth. On the other hand, no scientist has ever found out how there could ever be a concept of ‘self-awareness’, so I can’t tell you for sure.

  4. You’ll need to delete the first part if you continue like this. Catholicism does not truck with reincarnation.
    I don’t believe in reincarnation mainly because it can never explain why so many more people/animals/things exist today than 4 billion years ago. If reincarnation were true, many more people would admit to being peasants in middle ages, instead of Cleopatra or Marie Antoinette.

  5. You can’t be a Catholic and believe in reincarnation. Say 21 Hail Marys and confess.
    Your god will strike you down for having Buddhist beliefs.
    Cherry picking Catholic?

  6. reincarnation is wrong and you can not seriously believe that and be a Catholic so having said that, let me offer an explanation, have you considered the communion of saints?—we are after all one body so is it possible you are reliving someone elses life experience who has gone before you or something like that?

  7. your crazy! reincarnation is an epic fail! And Jesus is the messiah. That being the case, reincarnation makes no sense and has no ground to stand on.

  8. There are no such things as “past lives.” When you die you either go to heaven or hell depending on whether you believe in Jesus or not for salvation. Please pray a sincere prayer with all of your heart admitting to Jesus you are a sinner. Have full faith that His blood pays off all of your sins and accept His gift of everlasting life. I pray that God blesses you with peace. Amen.

  9. If you believe in reincarnation, you are probably not a catholic. It definitely goes against Catholic teachings. I’m not a Catholic, but they would tell you that when you die, you would probably go to purgatory.

  10. Please do not take this to be offensive, as I mean not to do so.
    However, one cannot say that they are Catholic and believe in reincarnation. When we die, our body dies, and our soul moves on. There is no ‘coming back’ as another person, animal, etc…
    I would not continue to toy with that idea, as that really means that you doubt your faith, and ultimately, doubt what GOD and the Church has taught us.

  11. In fact you are not a Catholic if you believe in reincarnation. Being a Catholic means accepting the teaching of the Catholic Church. Reincarnation is completely opposed to Christian teaching, and therefore to Catholic teaching.

  12. I too am Roman Catholic. I don’t accept Reincarnation because it conflicts with the role of Jesus as atonement for our sins. Reincarnation has you work out your salvation by being born repeatedly into different lives. I can never quite figure out how you grow in Reincarnation with no memory of past mistakes. What if you become a roach? That said; I have always felt out of place in this world and time. I seem to be connected to other places and people. I am drawn to the past. Even in childhood, I read books set in the past. It may have something to do with my love of history, but….For me, the past is never dead. It is as real to me as the current physical world. I look at images of the past and I SEE those people and places; truly SEE them as they were. Pray for me and I will pray for you! We know that reincarnation is not compatible with Catholicism. Let’s focus on prayer and learning about the saints. Perhaps we are meant to share their stories to strengthen others.
    *AVIATOR*
    You are IGNORANT!!! There is NOTHING wrong with the Catholic Church. There is something terribly wrong with ANTI-CATHOLICISM!!!

  13. You’re theory for proving the alleged reality of reincarnation is “maybe just genetic encoded memories”?
    Is there any evidence of “genetic encoded memories”?
    No.
    No theological evidence
    No scientific evidence.
    The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:
    1013 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: “It is appointed for men to die once.” There is no “reincarnation” after death.

  14. I believe the Lord is warning you that the path you’re on with the catholic teachings will lead you to death/destruction. If you would do a little research on the catholic church history or read the New Testament you will leave the catholic Church immediately because it’s doctrines are straight out of the pit of Hell and their author is none other than satan himself ! You should be pleased to know that the Lord Jesus Christ, not Mary or any of the other saints, cares enough for you that He is warning you before it is too late. Call on Him with a sincere heart to show you the Truth and He will. Seek and ye shall find ! There is only one mediator between God and man ! And that is Jesus the Christ and Him alone !

  15. From the beginning Judaism has traditionally accepted reincarnation as fact: “Behold, all these things does God do — twice, even three times with a man — to bring his soul back from the pit that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.” (Job 33:29)
    What this means is the early Jews believed that God would allow a person to come back to the world “of the living” from “the pit” (which is Gehenna, the Jewish version of “purgatory” — there is no “Hell” in Judaism) a second and third time (or a multitude of times).
    Proverbs 8:22-31 is *not* King Solomon channeling Jesus as Christians absurdly claim; it is Solomon’s celebration of eternal life through reincarnation. And Psalms 90:3-6 speaks of reincarnation: Thou turnest man back to the dust, and sayest, “Turn back, O children of men!” For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. Thou dost sweep men away; they are like a dream, like grass which is renewed in the morning: in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers. So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
    There are numerous NT reference for reincarnation. Besides the most obvious (Truly, literally, you must be born again… no one goes up to heaven but he who came down from heaven), there is “Who sinned, THIS MAN or his parents, that he was BORN BLIND?” which is a clear indication that past-life karma was accepted as real by his disciples. Jesus did not correct them, because according to historical fact, Jesus believed in reincarnation and karma.
    According to the bible Jesus’s answer was that the man was born blind so that he could be healed by him. Now it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this answer applied to only this particular blind man whose path crossed that of Jesus.
    The old standby “it is appointed that man dies once and then face judgment” that the unaware continue to trot out and throw at every question about reincarnation makes no sense as an argument against reincarnation. Reincarnationists do not believe that bodies are reanimated, or that “the man” returns after death. Reincarnationists know that it is the spiritual energy of man that returns, inhabiting a new “man” (new body). Jews knew that; Jesus knew that. You have to wonder what do these people think survives death to “face judgment”? Well, the soul, of course. And it is the soul that reincarnates, not “the man.”
    This judgment by the way is Judaism’s Gehenna, the original biblical concept of after-death residence of souls, where the soul of the individual faces and contemplates his past life, the mistakes he made, the good things he did, the things he achieved and did not achieve. It is a place of judgment and introspection, which is completed before the individual moves on.
    Reincarnationists (at least those not bound by the superstitions of eastern dogma) believe that the dynamic of reincarnation is free will (yours and those around you) and that we learn by the choices we make and in contemplating the choices we have made.
    Other bible verses contradict the single, solitary “man dies but once” verse. Paul wrote, “I die daily.” There’s a reference in the NT to “the second death.”
    “Be ye therefore perfect even as your father in heaven is perfect,” Jesus instructed his followers. He didn’t say ‘hey, do your best,’ or ‘if you just believe I existed that’s enough…’ He said BE AS PERFECT AS GOD IS. Jesus indicated, according to the bible, that absolute perfection is within the reach of every human when he made the statement, YE ARE GODS.
    Anyone with a functioning mind should be able to comprehend that perfection and godliness cannot be attained in a single lifetime and that unbiased examination of historical fact is evidence that both the Old and New Testaments do support the validity of reincarnation, although the bible clearly has been altered by Greek and Roman leaders who combined pagan myths with the Judaism of Jesus.
    Early Christianity fully embraced the truth of reincarnation. The emperor Constantine fashioned a type of Christianity to suit his purposes, which included conquering all he considered his enemies. He redesigned the concept of Jesus as a type of soldier figurehead who would help him gain greater military powers and defeat his enemies, claiming to have had visions of that sort. Although Constantine’s Christian bishops refused to accept this new, revised Christianity, the emperor had his way through brute force and established the corrupted Christian church we have today.
    To powerful early “Christians” like Constantine, reincarnation gave too much power to the individual and made salvation a personal thing between the individual and “God.” Constantine and those who followed him wanted the church to have absolute control over every person’s salvation and become the middleman who would edit, translate and dictate Jesus’s teachings into things they never were.
    Jesus was a Reincarnationist, and reincarnation is truth.

  16. Catholics say If you belive in reincarnation you shall go to hell, however if you are having these dreams and have this feeling that you lived before and want to find answers I think you should do it. I am Christian, however I still belive god gives second chances. Religion is what YOU belive. If you were brought up as catholic and told if you belive this you’ll go to hell, but do belive it, you should follow it. I honestly think-in my opinion. No offense Catholics- that Catholics spend more of there time hateing others for there beliefs and criticizing people about going to hell, than actully following the bible and being kind. WHAT WOULD JESUS DO! He would probaly accept everyone for there beliefs that’s what! It’s okay to belive that reincarnation is possible! Finding it could help you understand your life more and really open your eyes! God wants you to know who you were and you should listen! People are so focused on their religion that they don’t see what they are actully doing! We are all brothers and sisters! It shouldnt matter what you believe! What you belive is what you belive! No one can change that! No one will know the the real truth until the fateful day you die! So belive in your god,goddess,both or none! I belive in god but I won’t judge people who don’t! Don’t worry what others think! Belive what you belive, follow your heart, and do what you think is right! Search for what your dreams mean! It could help you find something new about yourself that you didn’t know before!

  17. I was Baptised and raised a Catholic, went to Catholic Schools through 12th grade. But I had an OBE experience when I was about 4 where my Angels showed me a previous life and why I needed to find this one man from that former life, and help him. I’m sure they did this because I had a traumatic 3rd year of life. I have to say, I had great difficulty throughout my school years because of this. And I did indeed meet that man and he became my husband. The Church basis much of their beliefs on their logical judgements of much of Christs Teachings, and there are many strongly opinionated men in the Church. But it doesn’t mean that they are always right! Many have sought power and influence in their lives, and also in the church’s administration. But power and influence doesn’t mean a thing once we die. However the judgements we make that affect other people can trip us up severely. We, on this material plane, have put too much stock in Logic, and of course, we are trained in it in our education systems. It IS important for how we maneuver in our physical world! But there is much that we don’t understand about the Spiritual World, and much about the spiritual is just not logical. Its Intuitive, it’s Mystical.
    Also, Jesus was a Rabbi in Judaism, and the Hebrews traditionally believed in Reincarnation. So I believe he also believed in Reincarnation. There have been great debates about this in the Church I am certain, and someone at some point decided that the beliefs of the Catholic Church did not include reincarnation, but that doesn’t mean that is the actual truth! And there is nothing in the Apostles Creed that conflicts, because I do believe in Life Everlasting. I just happen to think that we live many times while we gradually perfect our Souls!
    I think that is HOW we attain perfection.
    Since I LOVE Jesus and believe in what he did and what he taught, and since I was raised in the Catholic Faith, receiving Holy Communion and Confirmation, I am a Catholic. No one ever said to me as a child, that I couldn’t receive Holy Communion or be Confirmed if I believed in Reincarnation. I do think they may have asked me if I accepted the Teachings of Christ, and of course I do! And I received all of those Sacraments, and I honestly treasure them! I am a Christian, a follower of Christ. Others can judge me all they want. My faith is my bulwark and my strength, but it is between me, the Lord Jesus Christ, God, the Angels and Saints. Others opinions truly have no place in it.
    If someone wants to tell you that a belief in Reincarnation voids your membership in the Church, I think they would be treading on dangerous ground. It is Jesus’s Church, not theirs.
    Hope this helps.

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