Shining the light of Scripture on reincarnation and mystical practices
Life and death can be confusing, and we generally fear the death part of the equation. We all want life to mean something. For Christians, that meaning comes through what we do with the one life we are now living. By focusing ourselves on being like Jesus in the here and now, we make the world around us better. By God’s grace and if we are faithful, we have an eternity with Jesus later. For those who believe in reincarnation, it is very different. They see this life as one stop in a massive cycle of lives that eventually will produce a purification and unification in a god-like state. So, if Christianity is all about attaining perfection and reincarnation is essentially about the same thing, are they compatible?
In Part I of this series, we spent significant time establishing the nature of the human soul as mortal. The Scriptures are clear that when created, Adam became a living soul; he wasn’t given one. Having established this may clear things up for us, but it is far beyond the belief systems of the billions who believe in reincarnation. So, what do these people believe? How do they see humanity, the soul, earthly life and the spirit world?
While I admittedly do not have any personal experience with this belief, I will attempt to explain what I have learned from research. Simply put, reincarnation encompasses the belief that we are inherently spiritual beings having an earthly experience. The implication is that each and every “soul” is on an individual journey to spiritual fulfillment. Reincarnation into another human or a lower form of life is a step forward or backwards as you pursue pure spirituality. After undisclosed tens or hundreds or thousands of these changes, the end result for each is supposed to be godlikeness.
What about the evil eye?
Check out our October 26, 2020 podcast, “Ghosts, Reincarnation and Humanity – What’s Real? (Part II) for more. We look into some actual reincarnation claims and more of its philosophy. We also discuss the huge role that amulets and “evil eye” jewelry play in our human desire to ward off evil influences. Turns out that these types of physical trinkets have been credited with protective powers for thousands of years, across many cultures. How should we as Christians treat them?
This is an enormous topic! We also answer the many claims some make that the Bible - and specifically Jesus - teach reincarnation. We look at the Scriptures in question, consider their context and attempt to answer the questions with scriptural harmony. Our podcast ends with a side-by-ide comparison of the spiritual journeys that reincarnation and biblical Christianity offer. This comparison highlights the many differences between the two philosophies. We look at the individual experience reincarnation describes compared to the human family experience the Bible adheres to. What we find in all of this is remarkable and inspiring. Join us and see for yourself!
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