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Is reincarnation possible?

Is reincarnation possible?

How many times do we live? Are our lives like a video game where you die and then get to go back to start and try it again?

Some religions maintain that we don’t only live once, but many times. This belief is called re-incarnation. In these religions, it is taught that a person’s karma (life essence embedded with a record of their good and bad deeds) gets reborn as another being once you die. If you did really well in this life, then you move up and get a better reincarnation, maybe as someone richer. But if you were bad in this life, then you will get a lower reincarnation, born as a poorer, less intelligent, or less privileged person, or maybe even an animal. Some people today even claim to have recovered memories of past lives that they have lived.

Zero evidence

From the Bible’s point of view, re-incarnation is impossible.

From a scientific point of view there is zero evidence that re-incarnation happens. From the Bible’s point of view, re-incarnation is impossible. People do not go around and around in an endless circle of birth, death, and re-birth. Instead, each person has a definite starting point and definite ending point. Sometimes in the Bible, God raises people from the dead – but they are the same people with the same personality and same memories. They are not re-born as different people. And with the exception of Jesus, every single person in the Bible who was raised from the dead eventually died again, not to return.

Created by God

Each person is created by God and “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). It is not re-birth but judgment that comes after death.

However, those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ do not need to fear God’s judgment that comes after death. When Jesus was dying on the cross, one of the criminals being executed next to Jesus asked Jesus to remember him after he had died. Jesus did not reply, “Don’t worry. You’ll be reborn and have a second chance to live a good life.” What did Jesus say? Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). After Jesus and the criminal died, they would both be in paradise (heaven) together.

YOLO (you only live once)

It can be really tempting to believe in re-incarnation because it means we don’t have to try really hard to be good in this life or to really seek to know the truth about God. They’ll be another chance in the next life, right? Wrong. Re-incarnation is impossible.

God sent the Lord Jesus Christ into this world to rescue us from sin, death, and the Devil. This life is our only chance. Make the most of this life. “Seek God while He may be found, call upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6) because some day it will be too late.

How does this Bible teaching speak to you? Please share your thoughts below!

Also read Is karma a biblical idea?

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Karl Dahlfred

Karl Dahlfred has served as a missionary in Thailand with OMF International since 2006. From 2012-2016, he taught church history and missions at Bangkok Bible Seminary, assisted in editing and translation of Thai Christian books at OMF Publishers Thailand, and was a founding elder of Grace City Church, Bangkok. In 2017, he began a Ph.D in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. Karl earned a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology (Th.M) at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Karl is married and has three children.

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