Is Belief in Reincarnation anti-Christian?
By Chris Walker 8th June 2015
Most of the world’s major religions have belief in reincarnation at their core: Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, as well as Theosophy and various Pagan and Spiritual systems of belief.
The major exceptions to this rule are the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), though there are sects of these which certainly do refer to reincarnation, including the Cathars, the Druze, the Rosicrucians, the Gnostics, Hasidic Jews, and followers of the Kabbalah and Sufism.
Reincarnation is a very ancient doctrine, yet it is very negatively viewed overall by the organised religion of Christianity. It is even decried as being anti-Christian by many churches, and almost akin to communion with evil.
Is a belief in Reincarnation (which is proven to an individual during past life regression to be true) anti-Christian? And does it have to be?
The answer to this question can be found in both historical fact and in the Bible itself.
According to modern Christian doctrine, a righteous person will die in the physical and the soul will enjoy eternal, everlasting life in Heaven. Heaven is the spiritual realm. We know the soul is eternal. We know that Time, as we know it, does not exist in the spiritual realms – so what is eternity? Who is to say that everlasting life does not include time both on the spiritual realm as well as back and forwards into physical form – like attending a school?
There are references to reincarnation in the Old Testament, yet not a single Old Testament reference disputing it. The Biblical Books of Hebrews and Malachi refer directly to reincarnation. Jesus himself in the New Testament refers more than once to the fact that John the Baptist was the Prophet Elijah returned in another human form.
Two of the most powerful quotes from the Bible referring to reincarnation are:
“…when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.” (Hebrews 7:10)
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there”.
Almost everything we know today of Jesus’ teachings comes from the New Testament of the Bible – and this dates to hundreds of years after Jesus lifetime.
Historically, Jesus Christ himself was a member of the Jewish sect of the Essenes; these were Jews whose beliefs were not dissimilar to many Buddhist beliefs. Reincarnation was a core belief of the Essenes.
Even early Christian leaders spoke of the reality of reincarnation; St Clement of Alexandria lived around 200 AD and stated belief in the soul’s pre-existence, as did St Augustine. The entire Christian world actually believed until the church told them not to!
In 325AD, the Council of Nicaea convened for the first time, with three hundred Christian leaders in the presence of the Roman Emperor Constantine I. It was an effort by the church to attain a consensus on matters including canon law and the nature of God with, the ultimate aim of control. Numerous biblical books were eliminated from the Bible (including the Gnostic gospels, which included the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene) and, with them, almost all references to reincarnation. Anyone who disputed the results of the Council of Nicaea was labelled heretics. The doctrine born there exists within the Christian religion to this day.
What we must understand today is that the Bible was written by men. The concept of reincarnation did not suit what the early Christian Church wanted to promote – hence most references to reincarnation were removed.
Being a Christian (as in following what Jesus taught) and believing in reincarnation are NOT mutually exclusive – if anything, they are complementary.
So here this is for me, I was a Christian, still am, I know of a loving god, not one that has a war with the devil and we could go to hell if we are bad on some things. After many many past life regression sessions using QHHT, quantum healing hypnosis therapy. or quantum healing hypnosis technique. Everyone on death goes to what we term the sprit world. learn and see ourselves on what we can do better. God, source, the supreme being, the universe, what ever name you give it, does not judge us, we judge ourselves on how well we did it is really all about love and how loving we can be in out life and everyone and every thing around us.