What About Reincarnation?
- Tuesday, December 04, 2012
"I'll always be around, around, and around, and around, and around."
"I fly a starship across the universe divide - and when I reach the other side, I'll find a place to rest my spirit if I can. Perhaps I may become a highway man again. Or I may simply be a single drop of rain. But I will remain.
"I'll be back again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again."
From a Biblical perspective, the only problem with the lyrics is that they aren't true.
The Bible teaches that we want to be born twice--once physically and once spiritually. However, we want only one death--the physical one. We don't want to experience what the Bible calls the "second death," which is being cast into the Lake of Fire. Come to Jesus and avoid the second death (John 1:12; John 3:14-18).
Why might some believe in reincarnation? We have already mentioned circular time.
Another reason is that the Bible teaches that there are evil spirits (“familiar spirits”) who have been around for centuries. These spirits know intimately the lives of others down through the centuries and may influence present-day people with thoughts, emotions, and experiences of people who are long dead. These deceived people begin to believe that they have existed in previous lives and that the thoughts and emotions of others are really theirs.
Another reason is that our brains are capable of connecting all sorts of our present and past events and then melting them together in ways that make us think we have lived certain situations and events before. Reincarnation is the ultimate déjà vous.
When General Patton arrived on the Carthaginian battlefield he observed, "I have been to this battlefield before. I fought here with the Romans.” Unfortunately, Patton was deceived. We only get one life. My belief is that his brain was playing déjà vous tricks on him.
Sylvester Stallone once related that in a previous life he was a Central American monkey. If that is true then we have further evidence for both evolution and reincarnation--just kidding.
Well, J, I hope you find my answer helpful. I really appreciate your asking.
Dr. Roger Barrier recently retired as senior teaching pastor from Casas Church in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to being an author and sought-after conference speaker, Roger has mentored or taught thousands of pastors, missionaries, and Christian leaders worldwide. Casas Church, where Roger served throughout his thirty-five-year career, is a megachurch known for a well-integrated, multi-generational ministry. The value of including new generations is deeply ingrained throughout Casas to help the church move strongly right through the twenty-first century and beyond. Dr. Barrier holds degrees from Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Golden Gate Seminary in Greek, religion, theology, and pastoral care. His popular book, Listening to the Voice of God, published by Bethany House, is in its second printing and is available in Thai and Portuguese. His latest work is, Got Guts? Get Godly! Pray the Prayer God Guarantees to Answer, from Xulon Press. Roger can be found blogging at Preach It, Teach It, the pastoral teaching site founded with his wife, Dr. Julie Barrier.
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