Today I am going to talk about false belief system of reincarnation. Today, nearly 1/3 of Americans now believe in reincarnation. Reincarnation originally comes to us from the Hindu religion. Reincarnation teaches a birth-death-rebirth cycle based on a person’s Karma. A bad person will come back as a lower form, a good person will be reborn to a higher station in life. If perfection is ever achieved, one may escape this treadmill-like existence and either merge with the divine or melt into the universe.
God’s Word reveals that reincarnation is a deception which contradicts both the biblical doctrine of the Resurrection and the observable evidence. Here are some of the many problems with reincarnation.
- If reincarnation is true, mankind should be progressing, human nature and conduct should be improving. But the truth is moral depravity is worsening as the Bible anticipates.
- Almost 99.9 percent of the population has no memory of their previous lives and those who has was not scientifically proven. If we are all a product of previous life cycles, why don’t we remember our previous lives? How can we work off bad karma if we don’t recognize our previous mistakes and make it correct in this life? And the burden is still upon us for next 1,000 births – which makes no sense.
- Though there are some people who claim to recall past lives, the Bible reveals that demons have existed for millennia. These demons are able to place thoughts in a person’s mind in order to deceive.
- If we are all being recycled, where are all the new babies coming from? There were an estimated 100 million souls a few thousand years ago but today we are approaching 7 billion people. Someway, reincarnation denies that creator God so where are all these souls coming from?
- To break free from reincarnation, one must live a harmless life. You can’t even kill a microbe. Yet our immune system kills millions each day. This means there is no hope of ever escaping the cycle of karma.
- If you see a beggar wallowing in the gutter, don’t you dare help him, he is working off bad karma. If you help him now, he will just have to come back in another lifetime to work off his bad karma all over again. The truth is reincarnation offers no hope, provides no answers, ignores the clear evidence and contradicts our God-given conscience. It is a demonically inspired philosophy intended to keep its people slaves to sin and death. So what does the Bible teach?
God’s Word does teach in Galatians 6:7 whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. There are repercussions to sin, both in this life and the next. The Bible completely refutes the theory of reincarnation. Hebrews 9:27 states it is appointed for men to die once but after this the judgment. Notice we only die once and then we stand before God to be judged. Once we die, we go to be with the Lord. We are not reincarnated and sent back to earth.
Furthermore, remember that during Jesus’ Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah appeared as Moses and Elijah though they had lived many centuries earlier but they were still Moses and Elijah, not different. Scripture also explains that Jesus died once, never to die again. Jesus’ resurrection is testified to by Old Testament prophets and many New Testament witnesses. The historical and eyewitness testimony for Jesus’ resurrection is extensive and irrefutable. In fact after his resurrection, Jesus was seen by over 500 eyewitnesses at one time. In conclusion, the resurrection not only agrees with the evidence but it offers true hope. Jesus promises all who will trust and follow him and said “because I live, you will live also. I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me though he may die he shall live.
It’s important how you behave in your first life and if you behave good you come back as a high animal and if you behave bad maybe like a dog or something. Reincarnation is the teaching that after death the soul goes to a holding place and then enters a new human body. Some even believe we are incarnated into animals, plants and even inanimate objects. This cycle continues over and over again for thousands of years until the person supposedly learns what he or she is supposed to learn. It works with Karma, the idea that your past lives of goodness and badness affects the quality and the position of your next incarnation.
Well, that might sound good but it makes no sense. Think about it. If this is true, then each person had a first incarnation that means that each person then had perfect karma since he had no previous life in which he had done anything wrong. So if he had perfect karma and he didn’t learn what he was supposed to learn during his first life, what makes you think that after hundreds if not thousands of incarnations, with accumulated bad karma, that he’s now gonna be able to achieve the perfect state of union with this divine consciousness?
And then there’s the issue of final authority. When it’s time to reincarnate, who or what is the cosmic authoritative figure that gets to decide whether or not you’ve been good or bad? These religions by and large have no God who judges nor a gauge by which we are judged by. It’s like having a justice system with no judge. It makes no sense.
The deception of reincarnation is that there is no day of judgment, no need for the cross, and no need to trust in Christ. Aside from Jesus, no one has ever been perfect. Because of this, no one could ever be good enough to escape the supposed cycle of reincarnation. After death we face judgment, meaning there is no second chance. That’s why you need a Savior today. On the day you die, you will not go back to the end of the line to try again. You’re going to be judged and without the righteousness of Christ you don’t stand a chance.