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originally posted by: aboutface
How interesting. The dilemma you pose is exactly the one with which I've been grappling. He says he chose his present mother. Obviously if this were true, then others would also get to choose their current incarnations, imo. If so, why would anyone choose to be born as a woman in Saudi Arabia or North Korea? Did he ever say why he chose his mother? I've read other stories of reincarnation where the re-born person seems to keep the same nationality and culture of the previous life, and for some reason that doesn't sit right with me.
originally posted by: payta
originally posted by: Maigret
a reply to: VegHead
As a result of reading the Bible, I have also come to believe in reincarnation.
Edgar Cayce, who is reputed to have read the whole Bible every single day of his life, when asked about reincarnation in the Bible, said something to the effect of, 'it could be read into, and out of, the Bible'.
There is one verse Matthew 11:14, where after John the Baptist has been killed, the Son of God says a strange thing about John: 'And if ye are willing to accept it, this is Elijah, who is to come.' Note that even the Jews are expecting Elijah to return, and always leave a spare seat for him at Passover. I also suspect that Elijah will return as one of the Two Witnesses mentioned in Revelation.
Also the Scarlet Beast / Eighth Head from Revelation 17:8 & 11 from the Sea is described as 'who was, who is not and who yet shall be present'. This could be read as 'was [alive], is not [alive] and yet who shall be present [alive and well].
All of these, IMO, strongly suggest reincarnation...
Dont mean to come on as a jerk, but if those are the kind of quotes you can find in the bible to prove reincarnation, then I'd say evidence is pretty weak.
I mean, you can find all sorts of crazy claims there, it's full of books.