I don't know if you will find this idea interesting, but I do find it a little amusing to say the least...
The concept of reincarnation is generally denied by Christianity even though there are hints of the teaching found though out the bible. Personally I
believe it was a teaching that was removed, perhaps not even written about because the idea removes the authority of the church and relies on the
individual and the way he/she acts in this life. Though im sure it was taught by Jesus in my own humble opinion... but the concept pretty much
removes the "faith alone" idea... so Paul's teaching is out the window for the most part... heaven forbid!
The idea of being born again can't be more clear, but I believe the early church fathers twisted the idea to something completely opposite of what It
was meant to be... turning into something that happens in this life and wandering off into the illogical born again "spiritually"
IF one reads the bible the concept of reincarnation becomes evident when one pieces a passage from here and there and basically sows them all
For example... Jesus said one must be born again... He also said I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out
and find pasture... And in Job you'll find him saying that he will return to his mothers womb
Now of course Christians will tell you I am just twisting these passages to suit my "agenda" even though I have none, this is a concept I believe with
all my heart... and its found in many other religions as well...
In fact there are even sects of Judaism that fully accept the concept of reincarnation... Called transmigration of the soul
it is most definitely not a positive thing though, I considering like being held back a grade in school... there is no progression in reincarnation so
its not something to look forward to
the issue in general is that one must take a few passages and glue them together for it to be obvious to the reader... so one must know where to look
to find the teaching.... but generally reincarnation is denied in Christianity
This brings me to the point of this thread...
Christianity denies even the remote possibility of the existence of reincarnation...
(there for placing limits on the Power of God by the way)
Yet if you think about it, the trinity is found using the exact same method for finding reincarnation within the pages of the bible...
The concept is NOT found within the pages of the bible, save two passages that are extremely suspicious... 1John5:7 which we know is an addition to
the texts... and one passage in Matthew which Jesus apparently said after he was dead and risen
The word "trinity" is absent from the book... Yet a trinity is believed.... but being born again is there clear as day, but reincarnation is denied
even though some sects of the religion that Jesus was a part of believed in it without a doubt
In any case... Im not looking for an argument here... just thought I'd post a few of my thoughts on the concept
Play nice everyone
Thanks for reading
edit on 22-1-2015 by Akragon because: (no reason given)