I've been hearing a lot about previous-life experience lately. Though I'm skeptical about it, I admit that I like to think it was true. Does the Bible say anything about that? Are there any scientific elements to support reincarnation?
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A great deal of the Bible supports reincarnation. And Hebrews only says that "humans" die once. Human is the physical part; the soul or true self is the immortal child of God and it is this true self which has a long history.
The question was whether the man sinned himself or he was being punished for his parents sin. No pre-existence is implied, no Jewish person would have suggested it back then.
Chris, how can a man be born blind for something he had done, unless, as a child of God he had always existed and did something prior to his current birth? Similarly, God hated Esau in his mother's womb. Why? Some Jews long believed in reincarnation.
I never learned that in Buddhism -- that we are all made of energy.
Energy cannot create space, time, mass and energy. Something not made of these can only do the creating.
The Bible say "absent from the body, present with the Lord" and that time with God after death OR separated from Him in hell is eternal. This leaves no room for reincarnation.
Thanks, Mitch. Care to name the passage? I remember about the judgment day, but that's in the future for us all, leaving plenty of room for reincarnation. God wants his children to have every opportunity to return to Him, right? Elijah = John.
Nothing? Jesus said that Elijah had come again, but no one recognized him -- John the Baptist. Too many confuse resurrection with reincarnation. They have two entirely different purposes. Reincarnation exists because He loves His children
Reincarnation was so accepted in the Bible that no one questioned it though it was mentioned and hinted at many times
All references to reincarnation were removed from the Bible by the Catholic Church at the Council of Trent.
The Bible wholesale refutes reincarnation. Souls do not come back to inhabit new bodies. People are resurrected for judgement, but it is nothing like the Hindu idea of reincarnation or karma.
Chris, resurrection has nothing to do with reincarnation, just as physical death has nothing to do with the cycle of daily sleep. Jesus said he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword. That's karma. John Baptist was Elijah reborn. Reincarnation
Where in the Bible does it support that? I don't mean other literature, but in the Bible itself?
Chris, look at the biblical references in my answer.
The Kabbalists believe in reincarnation, and they helped write Genesis. Their "Tree of Life" matrix is embedded in 2 chapters of Genesis. I discuss this in my Genesis series.
Chris here's some good reading and Bible is used.