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Is it true that reincarnation was once a tenet of early Christianity?

I have heard that the early Christians did believe in reincarnation. Does anyone know if that is true,
and when it ceased being in the theology?

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  1. Then ‘they’ weren’t Authentic. There is no such thing as ‘reincarnation’ in the first place. You reap what you sow. Period.

  2. I’m not sure it was; what Jesus himself said was that his followers would still be alive for his second coming, but he just kind of got delayed maybe. Mind you there were lots of heretical sects – you may be thinking of Origen? Origen did believe in reincarnation but he was never mainstream.

  3. More correctly the Early Christians and many Christians today believe in resurrection, which is that all human beings since the day of Adam the first man will be resurrected back to life by God.
    Reincarnation is the concept of “rebirth” that is believed by some non-Christian religions as well, but their concepts are quite different from those of God’s prophecy.
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  4. Reincarnation has never been a part of Christianity. There is a myth that was created based on the one thousand year reign of Christ that claimed those who “lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years” would then be reincarnated. Premise being that it would take one thousand years for them to forget their lives on earth. It’s creative but it’s never been a part of Christianity.

  5. Whether or not reincarnation was a tenet of early Christianity, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. It does.
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  6. Not in Biblical teaching. When Christians are “absent from the body they are present with the Lord.”
    Some heretical sects may have taught reincarnation, such as the Gnostic heresy. But that was never the teaching of the majority of Christianity.

  7. Christians today have been thoroughly brainwashed into the Roman-Greco brand of Christianity which gives absolute authority over men’s souls to the church. This is not the religion Jesus’ followers established after his death, as historical facts show.
    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) In other words, the bible states God brings people back to “the living” 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. The bible clearly ascertains the concept of pre-existence, which is the foundation for reincarnation: we have always existed and always will exist.
    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.”
    NT biblical reference for reincarnation were edited, deleted or retranslated by church fathers, but plenty of evidence is there both scripturally and historically. Besides the most obvious (Truly, literally, you must be born again… no one goes up to heaven but he who came down from heaven … how could that be any clearer?!), there is “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” — dismissed by the unaware who don’t know that Jesus historically taught reincarnation and that reincarnation was simply assumed to be true by his followers. And what was Jesus’ answer?
    According to the bible Jesus answered that the man was born blind so that *Jesus could heal him*. No genius IQ required to figure out that this could not be applied to every blind-from-birth person — according to the bible, Jesus’ answer referred only to the blind man whose path crossed Jesus. In other words, others born with limitations may have karmic reasons for their disabilities, according to his disciples and to Jesus himself. Past-life karma was a Jewish doctrine simply accepted as truth in the religion which Jesus and his followers taught. Jesus would not have disputed the assumption of those who asked that question, because (according to historical fact) Jesus believed in and taught reincarnation and karma. The beatitudes are a sparkling example of this!
    The nonsense about “it is appointed that man dies once and then face judgment” that the unaware continue to trot out at every question about reincarnation is just that: nonsense. It makes no sense as an argument against reincarnation. In the first place, according to their own bible, this Hebrews quote (written by Paul who never knew Jesus in life) is a lie: Nicodemus died twice. Even Paul himself wrote, “I die daily.” Elsewhere is a reference to “a second death.” This scrawny little “die once” quote is all they can come up with to discredit biblical reincarnation references, which is a bit pathetic.
    Secondly, Reincarnationists know that it is the spiritual energy of man that returns, inhabiting a new “man” (new body). Jews knew that; Jesus knew that. **What do the critics think survives death to “face judgment”?** The soul of course: the spiritual energy of the person who died. And it is the SOUL that reincarnates, not “the man.” And the “judgment” is Gehenna, the spiritual stopover place where we contemplate our past life and make plans for the next. The Christian “hell” is a leftover from Emperor Constantine’s pagan background (Hades). Jews have no such hell; Jews (including Jesus) know that after death comes a period of self contemplation (“the judgment”).
    Historically, *factually*, Jesus was a Reincarnationist, as were his original Christians. Matthew 5:48’s “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” – with his statement “Ye are gods” – conveys his message that perfection and godliness are within the potential of every living being – but clearly not in one lifetime.
    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’ teachings into things they never were. This is simply unbiased fact that can’t be changed by all the anti-reincarnationist Christians who continue to argue against the original teachings of Jesus and traditional Judaism.

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