I understand Christians beleive your soul goes to heaven or hell after death, but is there anything in the Bible that talks about reincarnation? I am Christian I believe we go to heaven or hell, but I started wondering about this.Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 4:06 PM on Jun. 8, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
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Answer by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Jun. 8, 2009
nysa00 - For the first few hundred years of Christianity, reincarnation was a widely accepted part of the religion.
Where do you get that idea? A bit later in Christianity there was some discussion about There the pre-existance of souls in heaven before being born - which was condemned in at the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 CE. The Early Church fathers preached against reincarnation (See the article "Reincarnation")
Answer by eringobrough at 10:55 PM on Jun. 8, 2009
Amaranth361 - Matthew 11:7-15(and Luke 1:17) Jesus discusses the matter of reincarnation with his disciples...in a way at least.
Actually the crowds in these verses believed Jesus was one of the ancient prophets raised from the dead. The verb "has arisen" indicates the people thought Jesus to have been a resurrected prophet, not a reincarnated one. Remember we're looking at a Jewish culture here that did not believe in reincarnation - but they did believe that the soul survived after death and looked forward to the resurrection of the dead (not their reincarnation).
Plus how could the people have thought Jesus was a reincarnated John the Baptist if John had recently been executed (Matt.14:3-12) and John and Jesus had been contemporaries? John had been just six months older than Jesus (Luke 1:26); how could Jesus be the reincarnation of someone living?
Answer by eringobrough at 10:59 PM on Jun. 8, 2009
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