Why do people believe in reincarnation and purgatory when the bible is clear on what happens after death?

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Hebrews 9:27 it is appointented men once to die and after this comes the judgement?

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simpleman

I think there are many answers to your question. We have to go back in history and see how different heathen ideas crept, first into Judaism, then into Christianity. Greek philosophers had a great influence on both. But I believe, as you appear to do, that the Bible is quite clear on what happens after death.

cm94

because the majority of people do not understand what the bible says

Kathryn P

Because not everyone is a Christian.

Champion of Knowledge

Because a lot of people don’t accept the bible as anything more than a work of fiction.

welltraveledprog

1. the bible is not an “authority” on anything.
2. the bible is proof that people will believe all sorts of wacky things without any evidence to back them up — reincarnation and purgatory are just wacky ideas that don’t happen to be in your bible.
3. they’re just as plausible (meaning not at all) as your own wacky ideas from the bible, like a woman turning to salt, all species of animals fitting onto a little boat, earth created in 6 days 6,000 years ago, a guy coming back from the dead after three days, etc. There’s no proof for any of them.
I just love people who fervently hold outrageous, unsupported by evidence ideas…then call other people’s outrageous, unsupported by evidence ideas “silly.” You really don’t see that they’re all the same?
Peace.

Danielle Susskind

Reincarnation is truth and represents the Rosetta stone of Jesus’ ministry that makes sense of his teachings and of life itself. Unfortunately, as unbiased history reveals, this Rosetta stone got broken and buried by the corrupt early church in Rome who figured out that in order to wield absolute power over men’s souls, this particular “mystery” would have to be hidden from the public.
The early church edited, rewrote and redefined Christianity to place itself as the mediator between “God” and mankind. Only a few fragments of that particular religious truth remain but they are clearly there: e.g., WHO sinned, THIS MAN or his parents, that HE BE BORN BLIND?… TRULY, LITERALLY, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN. Jesus’ teachings on rebirth and karma are sprinkled throughout the NT for anyone who has (open) eyes to see.
History provides proof as well, although hardcore (hardheaded) fundamentalists try desperately to rewrite it. As the Dead Sea scrolls verify, John the Baptist was a member of the Essene sect of Judaism; Essenes were one of many Jewish sects that accepted and taught reincarnation. Jewish mysticism has always taught that reincarnation is true, since before the time of Jesus, and there is no doubt that Jesus was a Jewish mystic. Baptism originated as symbolic of reincarnation, of being dead and rising up in physical rebirth (water) to live again. To be baptized signified the acceptance of reincarnation and its promise of a new *physical* – not merely spiritual – life.
When John’s cousin Jesus was baptized, to Jews of his acquaintance it was symbolic of Jesus’ soul having returned in a new state of being.
There is absolutely nothing in the bible that “disproves” reincarnation. The oft-quoted “It is appointed that men die once and face judgment” has no connection to rebirth. As the man is dead, what exactly do you think hangs around to face judgment? Yes, that non-corporeal part of that person, usually referred to as the soul. And the *soul* is what reincarnates.
Does a “man” die only once? Perhaps not: Science has proved that people die and are revived every day of the week, so no, a person may be clinically “dead” more than once. But whether or not the body ceases to function and returns to life, we’re really talking about the soul, aren’t we? It’s the soul that does not die. Although re-writers of the NT essentially presented Jesus as a zombie rather than a reborn soul in a new body, the soul does not return to the old physical body after the final death of the body. Resurrection = reincarnation distorted by men who didn’t understand the mystery Jesus attempted to teach them.
That “judgment” faced at death is actually contemplation of your previous life, your failures and successes. This contemplation (self judgment) is a fundamental Jewish concept. “Hell” is a Christian invention. Jews believe that there is a period of contemplation after death. This is “the judgment.” Unfortunately, Christians ignore the fact that Jesus was Jewish, in particular an Essene Jew. Even the Pope, however, recently admitted that Jesus followed the Essene calendar, according to when he celebrated “the last supper’s” Passover.
Essenes naturally followed the Essene calendar, and Essenes believed in reincarnation, baptism, and all the things Jesus taught.
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.” Clearly other bible verses disagree with the “once” remark, which is an indication that it has a limited meaning.
This Isaiah verse that Christians slap on every question about reincarnation at YA may refer to zombies, but not to the return of the eternal soul in a new body — which is what Jesus believed in and attempted to teach. Apparently he failed. Fortunately, reincarnation requires no belief. You return whether you believe in reincarnation or not. Awareness of one’s eternal journey is not necessary in order to continue learning and perfecting the spirit.
“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 Jesus was a reincarnationist.

the_stanmeister

You read a bible that was made in the 21st Century right? Well the ORIGINAL bible says there is such a thing and to be honest, Christians are pathetic, they alienate people and bully them and don’t treat them like people. If god saw christians now days he’d spit on them!

starvanna23

So what is purgatory?
In a few words purgatory is that place of purification where souls go prior to heaven. We all know that we have done things that are sinful and shameful. When Jesus Christ forgives us, He removes the judgement, but not the punishment.
By way of analogy: if you were suddenly summoned to meet the President of the U.S., you’d quickly do a once over of your hair and clothes. If you found a mustard stain on your shirt, you’d change your shirt before meeting the President. So what makes us think we can die, and then immediately spend eternity with our Lord before a bit of ‘cleaning up?’
Jesus Christ is both merciful and just. He displays his mercy by forgiving us, and his justice by sending us to purgatory.
Here are some examples of the sacred writers referring to purgatory:
Matt. 12:32
1 Cor. 3:10-15
2 Macc. 12:46
Apoc. 21:27
Source: http://catechismoncall.wordpress.com/2009/01/17/do-catholics-still-believe-in-purgatory/

XAndrewX

~~~Purgatory~~~
2Maccabees12: 46 Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin.
1Pe 4:6 For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to {the} {will of} God.
1Pe 3:19 in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits {now} in prison,
Purgatory is a process not so much a place. Purgatory cleanses you from your sin because nothing unclean can enter heaven.
Revelations 21:27 but nothing unclean will enter it, nor any (one) who does abominable things or tells lies. Only those will enter whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Peace be with you.

Dan S

I give you 2 answers. 1st which is constanly acknowledged as being a human answer and 2nd one which is my answer and some of us (humans) might not be able to understand it.
1) Because a belief cannot be touched. We all tend to use them in the scope of getting other people to share them. However they are not shareable. I cannot give you my belief and say: here it is. put it in your pocket of your brain. You will try…but sooner or later you will not acknowledge good enough to sustain that is your believe but mine. And your denial will most likely be present and focus on your own believe rather than mine.
2) Because our brain is automated to accept and reject thoughts of possibilities. If there would be only 1 possibility, we would not be able to move forwards but remain still in our subconsciouness. The philosophy of understanding your mind is paradoxal. Your mind is a robot trapped in a material world where the real you (your spirit) has its own brain in its turn but not used to communicate well with the body yet. Your physical brain is indulged by the creator (God) to make decisions based on possibilities and rejecting decisions of impossibilities. Once your brain is no longer functioning, your matter (body + brain) will no longer communicate, and thus your real spirit will evolve away from this world. Believing in something is radical and different to the point that our brain dictates on a secon basis what to accept and what to do. The more you train and give your brain the possibility that that belief exists for your future (later to be used), the more your brain is fully convinced that there is only one God to accept (the God that is written in the bible). I believe differently. Far away from your belief, I might not ask you to believe me.
Hope I answered to your question.

michael

The doctrine of purgatory, or the final purification, has been part of the true faith since before the time of Christ. The Jews already believed it before the coming of the Messiah, as revealed in the Old Testament (2 Maccabees 12:41—45) as well as in other pre-Christian Jewish works, such as one which records that Adam will be in mourning “until the day of dispensing punishment in the last years, when I will turn his sorrow into joy” (The Life of Adam and Eve 46—7). Orthodox Jews to this day believe in the final purification, and for eleven months after the death of a loved one, they pray a prayer called the Mourner’s Kaddish for their loved one’s purification.
Jews, Catholics, and the Eastern Orthodox have always historically proclaimed the reality of the final purification. It was not until the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century that anyone denied this doctrine. As the quotes below from the early Church Fathers show, purgatory has been part of the Christian faith from the very beginning.

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