Is reincarnation biblical?
No, reincarnation cannot be reconciled with the Bible or the Christian faith in any way. Rather, it is a concept which comes from ancient Hindu texts such as the Upishads. At its core is the law of karma, which teaches that we are rewarded or punished in future lives for the good or bad deeds we do in this life. Eventually the soul becomes “purified” and enters a vague state of bliss or Nirvana, which is often interpreted to mean that it simply ceases to exist.
This is in stark contrast to the Bible’s teaching. Our human identity begins when God forms us in our mothers’ wombs (Isaiah 44:2; 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5). Once this life is over, then “it is appointed for men once to die, but after this the judgement” (Hebrews 9:27). Biblical Christianity centers on the once-and-for-all sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins (Hebrews 10:10-14, Romans 6:10, 1 Peter 3:18, Hebrews 7:27, 9:12, 9:26-28). Reincarnation offers a false hope to those who reject the Gospel, and for a Christian to embrace it would be saying that what Jesus did on the Cross for us is not enough.
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