Hello Stop and Pray TV:
I can understand that some people find the concept of reincarnation scary. On the one hand, the idea that we have to keep repeating life, with all its mysteries and problems, again and again, is not totally appealing. On the other hand, if someone has a nagging guilt about something then the idea of coming back to face the repercussions of that can be unpleasant. However, there are many scriptures that support reincarnation. Besides the three I previously referred to (Malachi 3:23-24, Luke 1:11-17 and Matthew 11:7-15 and 17:10-13) there are these, among others: Jesus said the dead would come from their graves, those who did good to life and those who did evil to damnation (John 5:28-29); Psalm 90:3, 5 says God brings to the dust and in the morning we are growing like grass; Isaiah 44:7 says God made an eternal people; Jeremiah (1:4-5) says he was a prophet before his birth, Revelation (3:7-13) says that those who live by God’s Law become as pillars and “go out” (reincarnate) no more. St. Paul twice affirmed his belief in reincarnation: Acts 23:6-10 and 24:14-16. (The same word is used for reincarnation and resurrection in Greek.) Even in the book of Hebrews, which you quoted, it same “Some returned to their wives from the dead by resurrection; and others submitted to torture, refusing release so that they would rise again to a better life.” Jesus’ parable about the laborers who began work at different times and were all paid the same refers to reincarnation. However often we come to earth the reward is the same for all. Some labor a long time, some choose God and return to His kingdom sooner. All these quotes are from The New Jerusalem Bible, which was translated from Greek into English. In addition, it is an established historical fact that reincarnation was taught by the early church as it is found in the writings of respected church leaders St. Clement of Alexandria and Origen. There are many more references in my book “The Gospel’s Message Within The Message.” There are also some excellent current studies on the subject. A classic scientific study on the spiritual realm is Dr. Raymond Moody’s book “Life After Life” where he recounts interviews with people who died and were revived, some of whom talked with departed loved ones in the spiritual realm. You may recall King Saul’s experience when he asked the witch of En-Dor to call up for him the spirit of the prophet Samuel, who was dead, and she did. When you think about it, reincarnation is a blessing from our every-loving God Who intends that no soul perish. Also, it confirms the Golden Rule — as we treat others we WILL BE treated in this time or another. Though new injustices happen all the time, this also encourages us to take responsibility and not blame others for situations we are born into. I hope this information is useful to you. If you are curious about the topic there are many sources. My book restricts itself to mostly Biblical references and arguments. Thanks for responding to my comment. All best wishes for your spiritual journey. ND (Nancy Dobson)
Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.” —Mark 10:28
Our Lord replies to this statement of Peter by saying that this surrender is “for My sake and the gospel’s” (10:29). It was not for the purpose of what the disciples themselves would get out of it. Beware of surrender that is motivated by personal benefits that may result. For example, “I’m going to give myself to God because I want to be delivered from sin, because I want to be made holy.” Being delivered from sin and being made holy are the result of being right with God, but surrender resulting from this kind of thinking is certainly not the true nature of Christianity.
Our motive for surrender should not be for any personal gain at all. We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from Him, and…
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