Is the reincarnation belief Biblical?

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Reincarnation is teaching that the soul never dies but is instead continually reborn in a different kind of body with each succeeding generation. Belief in reincarnation is an ancient teaching within the majority of Indian religious traditions. Many modern pagans also believe in reincarnation as do some New Agers along with followers of spiritism.

The Bible never talks about reincarnation. And there is no foundation for this teaching in the Bible. The Scripture clearly tells us that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). And it teaches that that all humanity will be restored to life (resurrected), not reincarnated (John 5:28-29).

The Scriptures never mention people having a second chance at life or coming back as different people, animals or in another form of life.  The belief that our good work will somehow help us to be reincarnate into a higher realm on this earth is contrary to the Bible’s teaching that salvation comes only through Christ and not good works (Ephesians 2:8,9).

The devil promoted the reincarnation teaching that the dead are alive to lead people astray. Reincarnation, channeling, communication with spirits, spirit worship, and the “undying soul” are all beliefs that contradict the Scriptures. These doctrines have one aim to convince people that when they die they are not really dead. This lie was first introduced by Satan to Eve at the garden of Eden when he tempted her to eat from the forbidden fruit and assured her, “Ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:4).

Those that claim that reincarnation is true, because some people claim to remember their past lives, must understand that there is simply no solid, scientifically acceptable evidence that the alleged memories of past lives are genuine or reliable. People should base their religious beliefs on the holy Word of God and not on the memories of fallen and fallible human beings (Isaiah 8:2o).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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