Reincarnation will get you into a load of trouble if you are not very careful with it. You can find the concept of reincarnation in every culture and buried within most schools of faith. It is my personal belief that reincarnation is actually one of the main keys that unlock the mysteries of the world’s religions. For the most part Eastern philosophy is very open and accepting of the idea, however the rise of the so called holy roman empire brought about a great stamping out of reincarnation, and little to know credence given to it in Western schools of thought. I will say that the notion of reincarnation is best thought of like rushing water, or rather water itself. It is not going to hold any solid or tangible formula for you to be able to easily comprehend it. Reincarnation is both very simple, yet extremely complex and both at the same time. I think the idea of reincarnation requires a fluid and free mind which is why so many people dismiss it. If your train of thought or process of thinking is still hardwired into comprehending the Universe in terms of government education you are really gonna have a tough time with it. In order to really get a workable grip on it you must be able to become as a little child…and accept quantum physics. They do it all the time with no problem; which makes me wonder why our society spends so much energy beating it out of them and serving up a version of the world and Universe that is quite frankly very one dimensional.
First let us take a look at the word itself and fully understand what it means. Without getting into word etymology it basically means to reenter the flesh again. So for we lay folks, it means a person’s soul, spirit, essence or simple memory engrams leave a body of flesh, go somewhere else for an undetermined amount of time and do some really hip shit, then comes back to occupy another body of flesh. Why is this so hard to understand? Einstein said energy cannot be created nor destroyed and what are we at our core (which is the mind) but energy? Therefore all that we are, must go somewhere at physical death and in all actually must come from no definable source. Like Melchizedek from the Old Testament, we all are without mother, without father, without beginning of days nor without end. This isn’t philosophy; it isn’t religion, its physics. You don’t have to believe it but I assure you when the theory of relativity drops on your town in the form of an atom bomb you will be given an adequate demonstration as to its truth. Before continuing however, I think it is profitable to go ahead and deal with the biggest opponent to the idea of reincarnation and that would be the orthodox Christian churches.
For the most part Christians deny reincarnation because it pokes a stick in the eye of most of their key doctrines which keep the masses under control through fear. A few passages from 66 books of the so called Bible demand a few things and so the churches don’t really like to contradict that because it makes them look silly and what not. One is that you have at minimum two places to go when you die; one being Heaven, the other being Hell. On occasion you have Limbo thrown in there and maybe a Purgatory or Sheol; it really depends on which flavor of Christianity you are licking. However on the whole, the doctrine of the Christian faith is that you only get one life and then after that there is a judgement where your eternal fate is chosen. The idea of getting multiple chances kinda takes away from the sting of a God that has the power and tenacity to burn you in lakes of fire or have demons perpetually shove pine cones up your ass for all of time. Reincarnation just doesn’t work in a system where you are trying to convince people they have to believe in your interpretation of scriptures or some really bad crap is going to happen to you. It gives too much wiggle room for …I don’t know…the Grace of God, whatever God is. So naturally the Christian church has fought for centuries to eradicate this notion from the consciousness of those they wish to control.
Now, as I have said consistently, I do not have a problem with the scriptures of the Christian faith. However I do take great issue with the doctrines and dogmas and in the area of reincarnation this is a big one for me. The question any spiritual seeker should honestly ask themselves is “Does the Bible indeed condemn reincarnation, or does it support it?” If you are too afraid to ask that question, and seek the answer no matter where it may lead then they have you by the short hairs my friend. You have allowed them to define reality, Hell, Heaven, Limbo and all of it for you rather than seeking the face of God, whatever God is, and letting the scriptures speak for themselves.
In my studies I have found that the best evidence for reincarnation is in fact the fundamentalist reading of the Bible itself. It speaks and teaches of reincarnation better than any Hindu or Buddhist text as a matter of fact in nothing less than the preferred King James Version, 1611, …can I get an amen? That’s right, the very persona of Jesus Christ Himself performed reincarnation on several occasions. To begin with the essentials of the story which I would say would be the event of the crucifixion, the man died, left the flesh and came back three days later. He reentered the flesh, therefore reincarnation is true. If one man did it, it’s true. I could stop there and do what they call a mic drop, but for the sake of driving a stake as deep as I can into the heart of the vampire of ignorance; I shall continue.
Christians believe in something called “christophonies” and what this boils down to is that Jesus Christ, the son of the Living Rocking God, existed before He was born in different forms. In case you aren’t following, that means he showed up in the Old Testament in the flesh. Depending on who you talk to, they will point out different examples of this but the one fact they cannot avoid is that He in fact did do it. Some will point out that the three angels who met with Abraham before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was a christophony, or an appearance in the flesh by a pre-born Jesus. Others will tell you that the Angel of the Lord that wrestled with Israel (the coward formally known as Jacob) was indeed Jesus Christ in a body of flesh and blood. Either way the unavoidable fact is that Jesus Christ was not only a believer in reincarnation; but probably has frequent flyer miles in that regard. The messiah of the Christian faith was reincarnating so many times that He probably makes more appearances in the Old Testament than He does in the new.
Even if we were to sweep all of that under the rug and simply base our opinion of reincarnation on the New Testament we still get the obvious answer that reincarnation is a fact. Jesus himself was asked in regards to the prophecy including Elisha and Elijah and the coming of the messiah and His response definitively proved that reincarnation was a Christian concept:
Matthew 11:7-14King James Version (KJV)
7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.
9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
Wham, bam, thank you maam. John the Baptist is Elias. Reincarnation right there in your new testament. This explains for anyone who has ever read the Bible cover to cover that the idea of reincarnation is not only taught, but proven. This is also why the two of them leapt in their mother’s womb when they met. They remembered the past life. They retained memories in a chronological order in order to perform the mission they both had. Of course it doesn’t end there.
Most Christian schools of thought have this concept of a resurrection. Well what exactly is that? It is nothing more than a reentering the body with the same soul, essence, or memory engrams in a more improved body. Call it the rapture, call it glorification, call it whatever you wish but at the end of the day it is simply the embodiment of reincarnation. I only needed to give one example of reincarnation in the Bible to prove it is indeed a teaching of Christ but for the sake of nit pickers I provided more than one. The Bible has always taught reincarnation so at this point you must ask yourself why the church denies it. I think it comes down to cosmic justice and perhaps Adolph Hitler for example.
We all want to believe there is justice, and that God, whatever God is, is just. So why is it fair for me to steal a piece of chocolate at the age of five or six and have to go to Hell for all eternity while someone like Adolph Hitler can simply come back and try again? It is a moral pickle, I admit it. However I think this train of thought is a byproduct of our conditioned thinking. John 12:32 says “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me” and this is the key verse when understanding reincarnation within a Christian context. One, Christians are asked to take all scripture literally so the question is; was Jesus Christ lifted up? The obvious answer is yes, He indeed was. To deny that is to deny the Christian faith. The second question is, if He was lifted up, how many men would He draw unto Him? The obvious answer is ALL. In John chapter 6 we read “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” This statement means that no one drawn to the Son will be cast out….buhwhathafuck? The only way you can logically make the Bible consistent in regards to these verses is if everyone is eventually “saved”. To say otherwise contradicts the Bible itself and the only way you can allow these loopholes is with …reincarnation.
I understand if your nose is bleeding at this point and you need to go grab a tissue. I had to do the same when I was confronted with these ideas. Without the concept of reincarnation the entire structure of Christianity falls down upon the foundations built by roman politicians trying to cover their asses. Once you deal with that and come back to the page we can continue on how to logically deal with the fact of reincarnation. Take your time.
You done? Goody goody. Reincarnation is the very embodiment of the Grace of God. It allows you to experience the reality It created for a certain time and if you fuck up you get to restart again but with a handicap. God, whatever God is, Loves us all. No matter what we have done, and no matter where we have come from. God see’s us as characters in a story He or It is writing and God is not willing that any of us be lost, no matter what we are and no matter where we have found ourselves. God has the ability to reset all of the Universe to give us not only one chance, but countless chances to be in His or It’s presence. We all are expressions of God, not one human being excepted. And to believe that God is so sloppy that He, or It actually has a place called Hell where He discards His creations is ludicrous. All of us are precious, not one person excluded. God is too arrogant for it to be otherwise. There will never be a true faith where loopholes do not exist, and there will never be a reality where a person spends eternity in torment to the satisfaction of “God”. That is the thinking we have been given by men who have little grasp on the Divine. God is not the gimp from Pulp Fiction. God is the watcher in the movie theatre rooting for the hero, rooting for the Light to overcome the darkness. God is always on our side, even when we succumb to the darkness. God always finds a way to redeem us because that is what God is. The redeemer. We can never fail Him or It at the end of the day because God is always on our side. We are the creations of the mind of God and if He has to break the rules of every religion to save us all, He or It will do it.
The concept of reincarnation is a beautiful example of this fact. The idea that if a person really, really screws up in life; those memories can be descrambled and they can start again with a chance is the very embodiment of Grace. And after all, isn’t Grace the cornerstone of Christianity? I think so; however as we shall see, my exploration of reincarnation would take me to places I had yet to expect. After all, what does one do when they are married, but meet a wife they had from life centuries ago? That is when it gets rather messy.
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