|DO YOU BELIEVE in reincarnation? Reincarnation is one of the doctrines, which is being propagated and upheld by other religions that came from different countries, like Buddhism and Hinduism. One of those who taught this doctrine was Chris Butler, a spiritual leader, who is better known as Jagad Guru. At present, this doctrine is adhered to by people who consider themselves as intellectuals. And because of over self-confidence, they have forgotten to listen to the teachings of God. The same thing is true with those who are ignorant about the Holy Scriptures.The concept of reincarnation involves rebirth, transmigration of the soul, and metempsychosis, or the transfer of a soul to different beings. It could be to a human, to an animal, or to a plant. Those who adhere to reincarnation claim that the soul of a man has no beginning and no end. And a soul develops a human form only through fusion of the 4 elements – earth, fire, water, and wind. And from there, it will transfer to different life forms when the person dies. It is also believed that this next life form will depend on his karma, or the result of his deeds in his previous life. Thereby, if a person lived a virtuous, peaceful, and orderly life, he will merit a good karma (as a reward). And in his next life, he will experience abundance, and he will be placed to a much better condition. They say, he will live comfortably when his soul transfers to another body. On the other hand, those who lived in wickedness will be accorded a bad karma as a compensation for the sins that he had committed. He will have a miserable condition in his next body. There is also a possibility that a man, whose ways are beast-like, he will become a beast in his next life.They say that a person’s attachment to the material world and to the different earthly pleasures is one of the reasons behind reincarnation. For example, a person who is fond of surfing, scuba diving, and other water sports, is bound to become a fish, or any water creature, when he reincarnates. And this process, they say, will go on until a soul has completed going through 8,400,000 kinds of existence. This is highly impossible because if we are to respect the field of science that deals with the study of living organisms, there no such thing as 8,400,000 species.There are also those who claim that, a soul will continue migrating to different life forms until the expiration of the earth. And they believe that the world expires every 5,000 years. They say that after 5,000 years a new world will appear, and everything that had happened will transpire once more. And this is a big lie!Do you know that at present, there are structures of earth whose age is about 7,000 years old? This was discovered by an archeologist in Kercado, a place near Carnac, Brittany in western France. Based on the latest manner of carbon dating, the tomb that they found in Kercado was approximately built about 4,650 years after Christ was born. Therefore, today, 1999, these structures would age about 6,649 years old. And this has exceeded the 5,000-year mark, which they say, is the expiration of the earth.
And one more thing, are you aware that scientists had unearthed remains of a woman who lived about 200,000 years ago? This was published in Newsweek magazine in1988. If it is true that the earth expires every 5,000 years, then no fossils of this sort could have been found. The same with the remains in Kercado. This only leads to a definite conclusion that, this belief is not true! And never will it become acceptable to a sensible man who considers archeological facts.
All of these complicated beliefs about reincarnation result out of the people’s ignorance of what actually happens to a person after death. If we are going to use the Bible as our basis, we will find out that, the belief in reincarnation is wrong. According to the Bible, the death of a person means that everything about him also ends, and he will only have to wait for God’s judgment come Judgment Day. This is what Hebrew 9:27 states—
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die; but after this the judgment.”
Please, take not of that. Man is appointed to die but once, not 8,400,000 times. It is not true that a soul may migrate, or transfer, to another being. The Bible said, a person who has passed away no longer knows anything anymore. This is written in Job 7:9-10—
“As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him anymore.”
It is true that the Bible teaches us a particular rebirth, but this does not refer to reincarnation, because reincarnation literally means, being reborn in the flesh. What the Bible is referring to is, being born again of water and of spirit. This is what John 3:3-5 says—
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
This is a spiritual rebirth, and this refers to baptism. According to Titus 3:5—
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
The Bible calls it “the washing of regeneration.” Acts 22:16 says—
“And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
Therefore, being born again, or being reborn, means to undergo baptism and to lead a new and better life.
It is also impossible that a soul of a person simply transfers from one being to another. If it is true, there wouldn’t be any way for the souls to increase in number. Originally, there was but a single soul that God created. This can be read in I Corinthians 15:45—
“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”
From one man, the souls, or the men, have multiplied in number. If reincarnation is true, then, the number of souls should not have increased. But it is the opposite of what is true today. Do you know that at present, there are about five billion, seven hundred million (5.7 B) people living on earth? And if the world population projection will come to pass, by the year 2000, the world’s population would be about 6.2 billion, and it will continue to grow bigger.
If you believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Teacher who was sent by God from heaven, we must never believe in reincarnation because our Lord Jesus Christ did not teach this doctrine to the Apostles. Reincarnation is not true, and this is against the teachings in the Gospel. But nevertheless, we leave everything to your judgment.
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