Biblical References to Reincarnation
The concept of reincarnation has been taught throughout the ages. The greatest philosophers of the Western world such as Socrates, Plato, Plotinus, Pythagoras, St. Augustine St. Clement, Origen and Jesus accepted and taught its understandings.
Many cultures base their beliefs upon the existence of the non-physical and its constant interaction with the physical. It is taught in and by Hinduism, Brahmanism, Vedic scriptures, Krishna, Jewish Qaballah, Buddhism, Ancient Egyptians, Gnostics, Zoroastrians, Mystery Schools, Chaldeans and the Essenes of Palestine. Jesus was an Essene initiate.
Society is dominated by Christian dogma, and the Bible is the book of writings accepted by Christians as Gospel. The following citations from the Bible must be considered when referenced in the context of reincarnation.
The reference citations are:
12] And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
 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.
 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,
 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
 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.
 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;
 And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.
 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem,
 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
Catholicism's Second Council of Church Fathers, in Constantinople in 553 A.D., deleted many direct references to reincarnation from the Bible. The dogma of Christianity conflicted with its principles concerning the following:
(a) Pre-existence of the soul before physical birth.
(b) Eternal damnation, blood salvation, and vicarious atonement.
(c) Resurrection of the physical body.
(d) Christ as a personal savior .
(e) Grace and Atonement.
(f) Original sin and being born a sinner .
(g) God is separate, and all action is outside of self .
(h) God should control all. God's will is paramount.
(i) Good works are not enough, for man is boastful.
(j) Only through faith can man be saved.
(k) Only Jesus Christ can pardon sins.
(1) Satan is a constant harassment.
After the council it became sacrilegious to question of the Lord's business or inquire as to where we have come from or to where we are going.
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