Reincarnation

This is an old post I wrote several years ago. I am now reposting it.

The Catholic Church and the Christian Churches do not believe in reincarnation. They consider reincarnation a threat to Christianity.

I beg to differ.

The concept of reincarnation is mentioned in John 9:1–3. Jesus did not correct His disciples’ belief that sins committed in a previous life may cause a person to be born blind.

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (John 9:1–3)

The concept of reincarnation is mentioned again in Matthew 11:13–15. Here we read Jesus saying that John the Baptist is Elias.

For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Matthew 11:13–15)

In addition, Matthew 24:33–34 read:

So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

What does “this generation” mean?

Jesus is the way to God. He is our Saviour. He died for our sins.

… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)

It is all well and good, but what about those who lived before Jesus? What about those lived in other parts of the world and died without ever having heard of Jesus? Are they all in Hell? What about those living today who do not have the opportunity to hear of Jesus and will never have the chance to do so? Are they all going to Hell?

I believe God is just and merciful. He will not condemn to Hell people who have not heard of Jesus but will give them via reincarnation a chance to do so.

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