Is There Reincarnation?
The answer to this question can be found in other questions. Let us ask a few.
Is life fair?
Most would say that it is not. Life is not a little unfair, but a lot unfair.
Some suffer and die at a young age. Others live long healthy lives.
Some struggle in poverty and hunger all their lives. Others are born into wealthy families and never know want.
Some find the love of their lives. Others die lonely and sad.
Some are born with lots of intelligence and talent. Others lack this and are consigned to tedious work or crime throughout their lives.
Few believers want to think in this direction but sooner or later this question must be asked: Since life is unfair, does this mean that God is unfair?
Anyone who is honest must answer this in the affirmative. Yes. If life is unfair (which it is) then indeed it does mean that God is unfair.
Yes, yes, I know, the counter idea is that God will compensate all unfairness in the next world. The problem is that answer does not satisfy the soul. If a person never knows what it is like to find a soul mate while in the mortal flesh then according to standard doctrine he will have missed this wonderful opportunity for all eternity.
The how about the guy who is sexually abused as a child and becomes an abuser himself? Many think he will go to hell. But if were not abused he might have lived a good Christian life. Was it fair that he was shoved in such a destructive direction in an unfortunate life?
So… Is God fair?
Well, if God is not fair then He is not to be trusted. If He is not to be trusted then we have no guarantee that anything good awaits us after death.
But, I have good news. God is indeed fair – more than you ever imagined.
Fairness is provided to us through reincarnation.
We live many different lives. In some lives we are rich, others we are poor. In some we have good health and others, not so much. In some we find love and happiness and others we learn what it is like to be rejected and alone.
We are born again and again until we find the resurrection of life and enter the Kingdom of God. At that time we will reflect upon our long history and see that all things good and bad have been experienced, and, indeed, life is fair and, above all, God is fair.
The following verse makes sense when we realize that Jesus lived many different lives:
“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” John 21:2
According to orthodox belief, the apostles only knew Jesus for three years and this was not enough association to even write a book. Each of the gospels that were written about him was only the length of a short story, not enough material for one book, let alone books so numerous that they would fill the earth.
When did Jesus do all these thousands, perhaps millions of deeds so numerous that they would fill thousands of volumes??? There is no way that so many works could be done in a mere 33 years. Such a voluminous history would have to span many lifetimes.
Many think the Bible does not teach reincarnation, but evidence of this principle is given throughout the scriptures. I’ll just cite one more example and refer readers to my other writings on the topic at freeread.com.
The scriptures give a prophesy about the coming of Elijah the prophet to do a great work on the earth:
“Behold, I will send you ELIJAH THE PROPHET before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:5-6
Here we have a clear prophecy that Elijah the prophet will come back before the Lord comes.
The disciples were curious about this scripture for if Jesus was the Messiah, they reasoned that Elijah should have shown up somewhere. They asked him:
“Why then do our teachers say that Elijah must come first? He replied, Yes Elijah will come and set everything right. But I tell you that ELIJAH HAS ALREADY COME, and they failed to recognize him, and worked their will upon him; and in the same way the Son of Man is to suffer at their hands. Then the disciples understood that HE MEANT JOHN THE BAPTIST.” Matt. 17:10-13 New English
That is pretty clear, is it not? Elijah was born again as John the Baptist and did fulfill the prophecy.
On top of the tremendous amount of evidence in the Bible there is also physical evidence. Many thousands of people have been regressed and have retrieved information from previous lives that has been verified. On top of this many people, especially children, recall their past lives naturally.
Dr. Ian Stevenson, the former head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia made this his life’s work. He traveled the world studying these people and has accumulated about 3000 cases in his files.
Most of the more amazing cases occur with young children just several years old who are just learning to speak. As a general rule they remember the past life for a couple years and lose the memory around the age of five or six.
In a typical situation the child may insist that her parents are not really her parents, but that her true parents (and perhaps spouse) are in another city or part of the country). Dr. Stevenson caught many of these children before they had a chance to visit their home of a previous life and took them there and scientifically examined their response. In many cases the child’s memory of a past life was proven, for the name given out was discovered to be a real person who died. The child was then taken to the home of her past life and identified dozens of memories that she could have not acquired in this life. If there was some secret hiding place he or she would identify this. If there were favorite possessions, these would be pointed out.
Before he died in 2007 he wrote 14 books and around 300 papers giving powerful evidence of reincarnation.
The irony is that his work may not only be the most powerful earthly evidence of reincarnation, but also for life after death. After all, if reincarnation is true then life continues after death in the spirit world followed by a rebirth.
Copyright 2014 by J J Dewey
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