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Why do Christians not believe in reincarnation.?

Jesus clearly identifies John the Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah the prophet in the bible. If you do not know the verse, look it up.

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    • That’s not true. Christians do think on their own. Everyone has choice, that’s what Christians believe. Speak what you know, my dear.

  1. even trying to convince other religious people that they’re wrong, that’s some pretty pathetic evidence. “its in this book that half the stuff contradicts each other”

  2. Jesus is Allah’s prophet to lead the jews at that time to worship the one & only god Allah
    & Muhammad peace be upon him is the last prophet & islam is the true religion
    Allah created the universe as we know it Stars,Planets, galaxies & so on who made the earth revolve around itself to make day & night
    who created the sun to make life supported on earth
    Allah is so big to create these things & manage every soul & creation in the same time that’s called god
    allah is so big that we humans with our weak brains can’t realize it !!
    only people feel Allah influence in their lives
    Allah directs us in every way !! allah protects you all the way
    Allah sent prophets all over history to let you know him & worship him
    can’t you see every thing all around you !! who created teeth for us to chew food to make easy to the stomach to digest who created eyes to let us see the world around us ???
    do you think that a god who created life to Re-tribute every soul for it’s behave & whether it follows it’s prophet or denies the one & only god & wreaks havoc on earth …can this god sends a son to die for our sins ???
    it is so illogical
    mind discards this by all means
    my friend learn about islam you won’t lose anything
    consider it general knowledge

  3. the Bible is quite clear that John the Baptist is given this designation because he came in the “spirit and power of Elijah” (Luke 1:17), not because he was Elijah in a literal sense.
    Mark 6:14-16 and 8:28 show that both the people and Herod distinguished between John the Baptist and Elijah. Finally, proof that this is not an instance of reincarnation comes from John the Baptist himself. In the first chapter of John’s (the Apostle) Gospel, John the Baptist identifies himself as the messenger of Isaiah 40:3, not as the Elijah of Malachi 3:1. John the Baptist even goes so far as to specifically deny that he was Elijah (John 1:19-23).
    John did for Jesus what Elijah was to have done for the coming of the Lord, but he was not Elijah reincarnated. Jesus identified John the Baptist in his role as Elijah, while John the Baptist rejected the identification when it came to the religious leaders. How do we reconcile these two teachings? There is a key phrase in Jesus’ identification of John the Baptist with Elijah in the text above that must not be overlooked. He says, “if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah.” In other words, John the Baptist’s identification as Elijah was not predicated upon him being Elijah, but rather upon people’s responses to his role. To those who were willing to believe in Jesus, John the Baptist functioned as Elijah, for they believed in Jesus as Lord. To the religious leaders who rejected Jesus, John the Baptist did not perform this function.

  4. Reincarmation is baseless. it beleives that if a person is bad in the first life, you become a lower being. and that if you are good, then you go to a higher being.
    so tell me is crime in this world increasing or decreasing? A: Increasing
    are Humans increasing or decreasing? A: Increasing
    therefore it is baseless

  5. I don’t want to come back as a plant. joking. If you are jumping from body to body that would be against what God says about us. We are unique and we don’t keep getting chances to right our wrongs and so forth. We have only one life. Bloodlines note this. It’s a one time only deal.

  6. Reincarnation, heaven and hell. There is NO evidence for any of it! I don’t get why people invest so much belief into ideas that somebody just made up, out of thin air! You’re not going to come back as a camel, Dog or Dung-Beatle; and you’re not going to have an eternal party in heaven. They’re just made up ideas that ignorant and primitive men made up. People believe in an afterlife because it makes them feel warm and fuzzy, it’s an emotional security blanket. BS!

  7. They reject reincarnation because they follow the Christianity which was designed and created by the Emperor Constantine and his councils in the 4th century CE, not by the actual Jews who understood his teachings. The doctrine of reincarnation would not benefit the politicians who formulated Christianity. They wanted the church to have absolute authority over the souls of men. All historical fact, but vehemently and blindly denied by most Christians today who are and choose to remain unaware of certain truths.
    Reincarnation is an ancient, mainstream belief in Judaism. In Hebrew, it is called “gilgul ha’ne’shamot,” literally the recycling or transmigration of souls. There is abundant evidence for any serious student on the subject that reincarnation was a central part of Jesus’ ministry.
    Consider Jesus’ reaction to Nicodemus’ lack of understanding of his teaching that **truly, literally, you must be born again**, the expression of simple and basic Jewish truth. “Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.'”
    Reincarnation is not in conflict with the verse “it is appointed that man dies once and then face judgment”. Reincarnationists do not believe that bodies are reanimated, or that “the man” returns after death. 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” who died. As Jesus told Nicodemus, Nicodemus could not be born again as the man he is; he must be born again physically (of water) in order to be born anew spiritually.
    The judgment of Judaism (Jesus’ religion) is Gehenna, the original biblical concept of after-death residence of souls, similar to purgatory, 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 time of judgment after the man dies, a soul searching, which is completed before the individual moves on to his next existence.
    Judaism holds that although reincarnation is a reality, it is not important if one believes its truth or not: The process of rebirth continues, and between lives we understand everything clearly. The idea that something need not be believed in order to be true seems to be incomprehensible to most Christians. There are some Reincarnationist Christians out there, though – much more than you think. One of my good friends was a Methodist minister who was also a Reincarnationist.
    (Here comes my anti-fan club, who follow me everywhere.)

    • There is good reason to believe that reincarnation does occur. I think it was Ian Steveson’s study of 3,000 children under the age of 10 that seems to verify that reincarnation does occur. He searched for statistical trends among these children who had past life memories and researched their memories to see how accurate they were. He saw no difference in accuracy amongst children from parts of the world that rejected reincarnation and those who embraced it. However, he did final several examples of past life memories so accurate that they could not be explained by any conventional means.
      Now, one inaccuracy in your statement. Reincarnation was rejected in the Second Council of Constantinople long after Constantine I’s death. Part of the reason was because the church was afraid that it suggested universal salvation (although reincarnation by its nature does not suggest that people cannot spend eternity in hell, only that some souls return to live another life). Most Jews at Jesus’ time believed you either would have a physical resurrection in paradise (Eden), you would have to be born-again (reincarnated), or you would burn in hell. So, purgatory seems to be a rather odd doctrine in Catholicism, but it may be linked to the purification of the soul before it returns to earth. Either way, no Christian should be their soul on reincarnation. So, a belief in it is not necessary as a Christian. However, a rejection on reincarnation is misguided.

    • Nice way to say it. it cracks me up tp hear the idiots say they don’t want to come back as a pile of crap. its like listening to a hillbilly talk about politics.

      • liora .. that is.
        I don’t agree with the header of this topic. I’m a Christian, which means a follower of Christ.
        Luke 17: 20-21

  8. They don’t believe because their minds are closed.
    So tightly closed that some will even invent a new Jesus who was never Jewish…
    Six of the accounts answering this question by ranting against reincarnation were all created in mid February 2010. Now that’s irony!
    …So closed that they will twist simple messages like “you must be born again” into some magical, ancient pagan definition, rather than admit the Jewish interpretation is the true one.

  9. Because they think it’s too easy, for one thing.
    I’ve heard Christians say that.
    They believe reincarnation is too forgiving, that it’s just too doggone nice of God to allow reincarnation.
    Christians have told me they feel entitled to be rewarded in heaven for just believing he lived and died.
    The idea of having to go through a lives-long process of learning how to be as perfect as Jesus Christ is just too fair and just.
    For the 18 year old ghetto-born youth whose mum is a drug-addicted hooker, who was abused in childhood, who dies in an alley after being attacked by a rival gang, well, he went to church a few times but he didn’t believe in that jesus stuff. So he goes straight to hell and burns there eternally. Now THAT’S the God Christians like I’ve known hope and pray exists. Not some wimpy hippie god of love and forgiveness and reincarnation who is actually fair and kind to all his children.
    P.S. Jesus was Jewish. Reincarnation has always been a cornerstone of the Jewish faith.

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