Reincarnation in the New Testament

Reincarnation in the New Testament

We know that the reincarnation theory penetrated Palestine and had its advocates among the Apocalyptics who flourished around the time of our Lord. Many Jewish thinkers adopted the theory, and it appears in the Zohar. It was probably a person who favored reincarnation who asked Jesus the question, “Who sinned, this man or his parents, so that he was born blind?” (John 9:12). And the theory is reflected in the answer given to Jesus when He asked, “Whom do people say that I am?” The disciples answered, “Some say Elijah, others Jeremiah, and others one of the old prophets.” But nowhere in the Bible do we find a positive word which approves the theory. We do not have to accept a teaching which is mentioned in Scripture as being held by people with a speculative mindset. The Bible shows that by a certain time the reincarnation theory had influenced popular thought. It also shows that people once believed that the earth was a flat disk floating on water. We do not have to believe either.

The Word is not given to tell us about ancient beliefs, but to show us spiritual and eternal truths about the Lord, the way He provides for us, and His life in people’s souls. Just because there are shadows of reincarnation in the Bible does not prove that the theory is true. Reincarnationists claim that Jesus was a reincarnation of a pre-existent Christ. But the New Testament indicates that He was God Himself accommodated to human understanding. Someone may bring against this statement the philosophical doctrine of the Eternal Word, given in John’s Gospel. All I need to say is that the Word, or Logos, referred to there is the Eternal Wisdom, Thought, or Mind of God which became personal and appeared as the Word made flesh.

2 thoughts on “Reincarnation in the New Testament

  1. My theory is that the man Jesus was the reincarnation of Abraham. Wouldn’t that be rich, sending the man the Jews worshipped and being rejected?

    John 8:56-58King James Version (KJV)
    56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
    57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
    58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

    To really understand what happened you need to know that Jesus Christ was Jesus (the man) overshadowed by a higher being (the Christ). This is what John the Baptist testified to when he described something like a dove descending on the man Jesus and staying. He had been told to look for that. Jesus + Christ. When Jesus speaks of the “Father” in the NT this is whom he is talking about.

    In the Old Testament Abraham meets Melchizedek (the Christ) and is tested (Isaac) to see if he is capable of giving up that which is most precious to him through faith. He needed to be tested to see if he could have what it took for his role as Jesus + Christ.

    In Hebrews in the New Testament we are told that the man Jesus became a priest in the order of Melchisecdec (sp?).

    Reincarnation isn’t a theory. it is a fact. One cannot have even a mustard seeds worth of faith without some actual knowledge.

    I am going to write more about this on my blog,, in the future.


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