Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | December 3, 2008

Reincarnation: A False Doctrine Satan Wants You To Believe In!

Tonight while watching Nightline on ABC, I saw a segment on Reincarnation. Did you know that about 25% of Americans believe in some sort of form of reincarnation? As you know, the media is always inflating numbers to make things seem bigger than what they really are….however this is a very shocking allegation that that many people here in the United States believe in this form of the “after life”. Its my job to witness the whole truth to the entire world and to Proclaim The Power Of Pentecost by exposing the fallacy of the doctrine of reincarnation using scriptures and to lead people to Christ (by being born of the water and of the Spirit). Its also my goal to educate the saved and sanctified believer of such doctrine so that when they come across it in their daily witness, they know how to handle it and have a good understanding of what reincarnation is all about.

Reincarnation, literally “to be made flesh again”, is a doctrine or metaphysical belief that some essential part of a living being (in some variations only human beings) survives death to be reborn in a new body. This essential part is often referred to as the spirit or soul, the “higher” or “true” self, “divine spark”, or “I”. According to such beliefs, a new personality is developed during each life in the physical world, but some part of the self remains constant throughout the successive lives.

Belief in reincarnation has ancient roots. This doctrine is a central tenet within the majority of Indian religious traditions, such as Hinduism (including Yoga, Vaishnavism, and Shaivism), Jainism, and Sikhism. The idea was also entertained by some ancient Greek philosophers. Many modern Pagans also believe in reincarnation as do some New Age movements, along with followers of Spiritism, practitioners of certain African traditions, and students of esoteric philosophies such as Kabbalah, Sufism and Gnostic and Esoteric Christianity. The Buddhist concept of Rebirth although often referred to as reincarnation differs significantly from the Hindu-based traditions and New Age movements in that there is no unchanging “soul” (or eternal self) to reincarnate.

During recent decades, a significant minority of people in the West have developed a belief in reincarnation. Feature films, such as Kundun and Birth, contemporary books by authors such as Carol Bowman and Vicki Mackenzie, as well as popular songs, regularly mention reincarnation.

Some researchers, such as Professor Ian Stevenson, have explored the issue of reincarnation and published evidence of children’s memories of earlier lives in peer-reviewed journals and elsewhere. Skeptics are critical of this work and say that more reincarnation research is needed.

The Bible certainly denies the teaching of reincarnation. While it does not mention the term reincarnation, it does mention it in context in speaking of John the Baptist and others, but this does not mean that it AGREES with the theory. It merely says that some people might have thought John was Elijah reincarnated; and perhaps that certain people thought the man born blind had sinned in another life, and that was the cause of his blindness. However, it tells of many other incorrect thoughts and actions of people. Where then does the Bible tell us that reincarnation is false?

FIRST, it says in Hebrews 9:27 that it is appointed to everyone to die BUT ONCE, and after that the judgement (where our ETERNAL residence is decided – the New Earth or the Lake of Fire). There is no room for one to die over and over again.

SECOND, the Bible teaches the OPPOSITE of reincarnation -RESURRECTION! The righteous in Christ will be raised to Eternal Life, and the lost to Eternal punishment. RESURRECTION involves not a transmigration of the soul, in which it takes on a new body, but a raising up and glorification of the old body, reuniting soul and body for eternity.

THIRD, reincarnation is destroyed by the very idea of salvation in and by the COMPLETED work of Jesus Christ. We cannot save ourselves, no matter what the number of lives we go through. We are imperfect, and God is perfect. That which is imperfect cannot possibly bring forth perfection (for then the effect would be greater than the cause!), and God can ONLY accept perfection. It is for this reason that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for each of us who receive His payment for our sins. Jesus bore on Himself our iniquities and paid the penalty for our sins. By doing so; Jesus IMPUTED His righteousness on us.

Reincarnation is FINALLY a “works-Righteousness,” and Paul reminds us in Titus 3:5 that we are saved NOT by works of righteousness that we have done, but by the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ. If we are due to be reincarnated over and over again, then the death of Jesus Christ has no meaning for us, and is of no effect, for we must still work our way to salvation, making ourselves better, instead of allowing Jesus Christ to make us acceptable to God.

If you so happen to stumble across this website I want you to keep reading as you will find truth within these walls. It is THIS TRUTH that will make you free indeed. If you want to know what happens after you die, I challenge you to click and read this link. If you’d like to know how to truly be saved and worship the One True God, I challenge you to click and read this link as well. Why accept something that cant be proven. Instead, accept the Lord Jesus Christ, get baptised in His Name and receive His precious gift of the Holy Ghost today!


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