Where did the idea of reincarnation come from?


There are a lot of people who buy into this. But why? Its the most farfetched belief that has a countable sum of followers. There is no basis (that ive found) for why someone might think this happens. Just a whim and a guess. How the hell would my soul end up in some lady’s uteris right when the egg got fertilized anyway?

Wait…what soul?


in India about 500 B.C.E. According to Buddhist tradition, an Indian prince by the name of Siddhārtha Gautama, who came to be known as Buddha after receiving enlightenment, founded Buddhism. Since it sprang from Hinduism, its teachings are in some ways similar to those of Hinduism. According to Buddhism, existence is a continuous cycle of rebirth and death, and as in Hinduism, each individual’s status in his current life is defined by the deeds of his previous life.

9 But Buddhism does not define existence in terms of a personal soul that survives death. “[Buddha] saw in the human psyche only a fleeting series of discontinuous psychological states, which are held together only by desire,” observed Arnold Toynbee. Yet, Buddha believed that something–some state or force–is passed on from one life to another. Dr. Walpola Rahula, a Buddhist scholar, explains:

10 “A being is nothing but a combination of physical and mental forces or energies. What we call death is the total non-functioning of the physical body. Do all these forces and energies stop altogether with the non-functioning of the body? Buddhism says ‘No.’ Will, volition, desire, thirst to exist, to continue, to become more and more, is a tremendous force that moves whole lives, whole existences, that even moves the whole world. This is the greatest force, the greatest energy in the world. According to Buddhism, this force does not stop with the non-functioning of the body, which is death; but it continues manifesting itself in another form, producing re-existence which is called rebirth.”
The Buddhist view of the Hereafter is this: Existence is everlasting unless the individual attains the final goal of Nirvana, liberation from the cycle of rebirths. Nirvana is a state neither of eternal bliss nor of becoming one with the ultimate reality. It is simply a state of nonexistence–the “deathless place” beyond individual existence.
As it spread to various places in Asia, Buddhism modified its teachings to accommodate local beliefs.

Resurrection should not be confused with reincarnation, which finds no support in the Holy Scriptures. Reincarnation is the belief that after a person dies, he is reborn in one or more successive existences. According to this belief, one may be “reborn” either as a human or as an animal. That is quite in conflict with what the Bible teaches.
the person is restored in either a human body or a spirit body; yet he retains his personal identity, having the same personality and memories as when he died.

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