The Bible and Reincarnation

Many people wonder what the Bible has to say about reincarnation. Arguments about whether the Bible supports reincarnation can be made either way. Although the word "reincarnation" doesn't exist as such in the Bible, the concept, however, certainly exists in the texts of the Old Testament, and even more clearly in those of the New Testament.

Destined to die once...  

  • 1 Corinthians 15:40, "There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another."

  • 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."

  • 1 Corinthians 15:48-49, "As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly."

These verses establish the fact that there are two parts to the whole.  The inner (unseen divine soul) and the outward and seen earthly vessel.   The outward man is the part that perishes or dies.  The Greek word for day can be used of time in general, i.e. the days of his life.

  • Hebrews 9:24-28, "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;.."

The Greek word krisis (judgment) is the source of the modern word "crisis" meaning an irrevocable change or sundering. The Strong's Dictionary has a definition of 1) a separating, sundering, separation. To 'give up the ghost' is a separation of the 'soul' (inner) from the (outward) 'man'. The separation of the earthly from the 'heavenly' or divine soul hidden within.

My interpretation of the entire chapter nine of Hebrews has the conversation about NOT having a need for the same 'man' (earth vessel) showing up each year to continue the 'sacrifice' at a festival - as it had been done in the past.  Once was sufficient for the cause at hand. 

  • The reason we don't remember the lives we lived before is both simple and complex. The simple answer is, "Because we have not lived before." This is because our current conscious mind, personality, and body are new; they have not been alive before. Nor have they reincarnated in the true sense of the word. However, our souls have been alive before - this is the distinction - and they have reincarnated. The memories are those of our souls' - not our own conscious memories. (Edgar Cayce)

The man doesn't reincarnate.  The soul reincarnates. 

Return to his Youth

  • Job 33:21-25, "His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out. Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers. If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom. His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:"

I was meditating on the subject of reincarnation and asked Spirit for something to give me to go by in words pertaining to scripture.  I had a dream and in the dream - I was given this chapter and verse number.  I looked it up the next day and was surprised to find the direct reference to a soul returning to a new body of flesh.