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What is the point of reincarnation?

I’m an Atheist and Skeptic, so I obviously have a hard time believing in reincarnation. Mostly, outside of it being “magic” (i use that word loosely).
So what’s the point of it anyway?

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  1. to bring you ever closer to Jesus??
    gee, I thought I was being sarcastic, but apparently it didn’t translate (if the 4 thumbs down are any indication)

  2. This is the condensed version:
    We are here to learn life lessons…even if that lesson was “how did it feel to be conceived/born, whatever”. The next incarnation we will have an entirely different set of lessons, and so on, until we are fully enlightened or learn every life lesson. And you meant “magick”, lol. I don’t want people thinking magick is what Criss Angel performs (magic).

  3. Ecclesiastes 9
    5For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
    6Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
    resurrection is a different story.

  4. As a (questioning) follower of Radha Soami, I can answer this through personal experience.
    The point of teaching reincarnation is to encourage people to use their morals. In Radha Soami, which I’ve been following since I was a child, but I’ve been questioning recently, if you live a good, moral life, you are advanced in the cycle of lives, bringing you one step closer to God. If you live a bad, immoral life, you are knocked down one step, taking you away from God.
    It’s like heaven and hell, only Earth is hell and God is heaven. Apparently, you have to go through every lifeform (every species of bug, plant, animal, fungus, etc.) without living an immoral life in any one of them before you can achieve enlightenment and finally get to God.
    Another reason is to make people feel better about themselves. If you are a poor farmer, you can say to yourself, “Oh, but I was a rich man in my last life,” since that’s another part of Radha Soami reincarnation beliefs: every life is a direct contrast with the one before it. You’re rich in one, poor in next. Beautiful in one, ugly in the next.
    That’s the Radha Soami belief, anyway. I’m sure the Buddhist and others’ beliefs have a different goal.

  5. I am a Christian is reincarnation is not a Biblical subject. I know my deceased husband, a Buddhist, believed in reincarnation until he was converted to Christianity.

  6. Not all believe in reincarnation Some also believe in rebirth too which is slightly different
    What is the point Well the short answer If we only had one attempt at the life Don’t you think we would all have the same starting line Same chances Same handicaps Same life span Dare I say it The same kind of Mother in Law [lol] ect etc

  7. Reincarnation is a man-made concept. It contradicts all the three major divine religions, i.e. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
    Many centuries later, it was introduced into Hindu scriptures to justify for the sufferings of the people. For example, some people born in poor family deprived of basic needs of life, so to justify them, they say the God is Just. In previous generations he must have done sins and as a result of this, he was born in a destitue family this time.

  8. If you are a logical person then their is no point to it.It makes people feel better when they think that they wont turn into nothing when they die.

  9. You may be a skeptic but I doubt you could have out-skepticked Carl Sagan. A brilliant scientist, he tirelessly campaigned against superstition and religion. However, in his research to debunk the paranormal, he concluded from apparent evidence of reincarnation that it “might be true.” From page 300 of this book “Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark;” Sagan states: “At the time of writing there are three claims in the ESP field which, in my opinion, deserve serious study: … (3) that young children sometimes report the details of a previous life, which upon checking turn out to be accurate and which they could not have known about in any way other than reincarnation. I pick these claims … as examples of contentions that might be true.”
    Sagan might have answered your question by stating that reincarnation doesn’t need to have a purpose attached to it, any more than life needs a point to it.
    He might have said we are starstuff, eternal energy – energy that’s capable of transcending other dimensions we as yet know little about – that’s just the way it is, and we are going to exist in one form or another always, so why not continue in new human forms, some of us with recollections of past lives and some of us not?
    He might have said even that someday we might develop the means to recall knowledge we gained in past lives, and then we might understand its purpose better, if indeed reincarnation has a purpose.
    Reincarnation isn’t “magic.” Many scientific truths, however, are dismissed as “magic” before they’re understood, aren’t they?

  10. The laws of karma and reincarnation are man made and wretched.
    If you travel to a places in the world where people truly believe, you will find the true nature of it and how it holds people in it’s grip.
    Thanks to lack of education and with the help of men like Deepak Chopra,
    Westerners have a very watered down idea of it.
    Take for example a person that has caused much destruction – Hitler, for example, as his name always comes up. Karma and reincarnation teaches that upon his death, the bad karma he accumulated goes on into another life but the recipient has no idea of the weight they are carrying. Hitler’s soul could be reincarnated into another person, animal or insect. There are some people that wear mouth and nose coverings to avoid breathing someone in. (I’m not joking.)
    In countries where karma rules the day and homeless children roam the street, other citizens do nothing to help them. Not because they are cruel but because the child has accumulated bad karma and they believe the sooner the child dies he can begin again. I saw a news article a few years back about a heartbroken mother that had lost her 13 year son to an early death. Just after the funeral, an iguana walked into her home. The photo showed her with tears rolling down her face as she held it – because she was convinced it was her son reincarnated.
    I strongly suggest the book by Ravi Zacharais called “Jesus Among Other Gods”. He was raised in India and has a clear understanding of these things – and he takes strong offense to the tripe dished out by Deepak Chopra.

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