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  • Should You Believe in Reincarnation?By Harry HustedThere was a Greek philosopher named Plato who associated falling in love with reincarnation. His reasonwas that after death, the soul, migrates to what has been called the "realm of pure forms." It remainsbodiless while it contemplates the next form to change to. When the time has come for the soul toreincarnate into another body, the soul subconsciously remembers and yearns for the realm of forms.Plato believed that people fall in love because they see in their beloved the ideal form of beauty theyjust about remember and seek.The above is what Plato believed in. But what is the actual teaching? Is there really reincarnation? Or isit just a lie perpetrated by a man to instill fear in his subjects. Lets consider these points carefully.The teaching of reincarnation requires that the soul be immortal. Who was it that began this teaching?Some people think it was Egypt, whiles others thought it was Babylonia. People thought is was Babyloniabecause its priesthood advanced the doctrine of transmigration of the soul. They did this because theywanted to hold onto the belief that the Gods they worshiped wee reincarnations of notable, long dead,ancestors. In reality, it was India who began the belief and spread it. The Hindus sages couldntunderstand why there was evil in the world and that humans suffered. They just couldnt accept the factthat there was a God. Why would a God of love allow such conditions to exist. Here was a god ofrighteousness and a world of unrighteousness. There would seem to be a conflict between good andevil. The only rational explanation they could come up with was "the law of karma," which you mayknow as the law of cause and effect. They went by the scripture that stated whatever a man sows, thatshall he reap. After thinking about it for a time, they decided that a detailed balance sheet wasrequired, which would provide merits and demerits in one life would be rewarded or punished in thenext. Instead of believing in the Bible and realizing God had a plan, they took the easy way out; a waythat required less of an explanation and intelligence to figure out.Therefore, the teaching of reincarnation has as its basis the belief that the soul is immortal and builds onit using the law of karma. But is this scriptural? What does the Bible have to say? Lets see.If you read the first book of the Bible, in Genesis, we are told the meaning of the soul. If you look at thecreation of the first man, Adam, the Bible says: "The Lord God formed the man from the dust of theground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." By readingthis it clearly shows that the soul is not what a man has but what he is. The Hebrew word used for soulin this case is nephesh. This word is used in the Bible 700 times, and is never referred to as a separatepart of a human but is always tangible and physical, as the person directly.
  • If the soul is you, what happens to the soul at death? Well, take a look at what happened to Adam at hisdeath. When Adam sinned, God told him: "By the Sweat of your brow you will eat your flood until youreturn to the ground, since from it you were taken, for dust you are and to dust you will return." Genesis3;19. If you think about this, before God created Adam from the dust, Adam never existed. So at hisdeath, Adam returned to the existence he had before being created, which was dust. He did not live onto immortality nor was he brought back into another body.The Bible teaches that death is the opposite of life. At Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10, we read: "for the living knowthat they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory ofthem is forgotten ... Whatever your hands finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grace, whereyou are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom." This scripture provesthat the dead are unable to feel anything. They are not able to think or reason. Even King Davidmentioned about death when he stated in Psalm 146:3,4: "Do not put your trust in princes, in mortalmen, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their planscome to nothing."By reading the Bible, we can clearly see, without a shadow of a doubt, that when we die, the soul doesnot move on to another body, it dies. The Prophet Ezekiel also commented about death when he said inEzekiel 18: 4,20: "For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son - both alike belong tome. The soul who sins is the one who will die ... The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son willnot share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of therighteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him."Thus, the doctrine of the immortality of the soul - which happens to be the foundation for the theory ofreincarnation - is not supported in the Bible. Without Gods approval, as written in the Bible, it idea ofreincarnation is only a theory, and even as a theory it has no weight.If there is no such thing as reincarnation, why do we suffer so much for? Well that question can beanswered by examining one aspect of humankind - sin. Humans suffer because of sin, the sin weinherited from Adam. Romans 5:12 says it best: "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through oneman, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned." We owe oursinful nature the Adam. As such, we get sick, grow old, and die.The Bible also tells us the moral law which states: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A manreaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reapdestruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."As shown in the scripture above, if we live carefree life will with debauchery, and is promiscuous, we willreap the affects resulting in emotional distress, unwanted pregnancies, and sexually transmitteddiseases.
  • What about the idea of reaping what you sow. Isnt that connected to the law of karma. The answer tothat is no. This is because the law of karma leans toward the idea of having a supposed previous life.Since we know this is not possible, karma has nothing to do with it. In Romans 6:7, 23 we read: "Becauseanyone who has died has been freed from sin.... For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God iseternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." So when we die, our sins are erased automatically. This refutes thelaw of karma right away.Besides the sin of man, Satan the Devil is also part of the problem as to why we suffer. He knows he hasa short period of time before Jesus destroys him, so he is putting extra pressure on people to turnagainst God and worship him. He will even make you suffer to achieve his means.So why is it is that some people live a charmed life, while others suffer in poverty. Why does a person,who graduated with the highest of grades, and received high honors, cannot find a job? Wouldnt this bebecause of the law of karma? No it doesnt. The reason is described in Ecclesiastes 9:11 where it says: "Ihave seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor doesthe food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chancehappens to them all."So is the teaching of reincarnation real or just farce, made up by a man? The facts speak for themselvesand the Bible confirms it. Reincarnation was created by the Hindus, of India, who wanted to escape therealization of having a righteous God and also having unrighteousness in the world. Instead of turning tothe Bible and learning why suffering was occurring in the world, the Hindus took the easy way out andwent against the Bible. As such, reincarnation is not a biblical teaching and is therefore not supported byGodIf you need more information you could find Best Reincarnation book here. View slide