Dear Shari and Toby,
Reincarnation, literally "to be made flesh again", is a doctrine or metaphysical belief that some essential part of a living being (in some variations only human beings) survives death to be reborn in a new body. This essential part is often referred to as the soul, the "higher" or "true" self, "divine spark", or "I". According to such beliefs, a new personality is developed during each life in the physical world, but some part of the self remains constant throughout the successive lives. This part that is built by successive lives consists of the feelings, emotions, ideas and memories. In many recorded cases, even the physical bodies are similar. Sometimes, scars and marks appear from old wounds of a remembered lifetime.
Resurrection, is the religious concept of the reunion of the spirit of a dead person and a body…..This deals only with humans.
Proof of reincarnation
No one can prove reincarnation beyond a shadow of a doubt. But, there is an abundance of evidence proving a person can have knowledge of someone who lived previously. This knowledge is detailed and was totally inaccessible to the person in this lifetime by normal means. A concept as all encompassing and important as reincarnation should attract immense amounts of study and scrutiny. In reality, the subject requires all individuals to be totally responsible for their actions and to invest all their effort into improving their understanding of the universe. Couple these two requirements with the fear of losing the individual identity to a common pool of identities and you have the world’s greatest deterrents ever conceived to becoming involved in studying reincarnation. Fortunately, there are a few people who have braved peer pressure and personal obstacles to scientifically study reincarnation. Dr. Ian Stevenson has provided documented proof that some people have remembered past life experiences. This is proof that details of our lives survive in some energy form that can be recalled by a human being and provide a memory of the details. Like most energy forms, it appears the stronger the detail the more likely it is to be recalled in the next life. A lot of his “cases” have to do with violent death. However, some have to do with strong family relationships and love. This only proves that a past personality can share the body with the present personality. It does not prove they are the same spirit/soul. For this to become a reality, the individual personalities of two or more incarnations must become a social memory complex. This becomes the basis of the next incarnation.
In the picture below, an attempt is made to graphically show the relationships of personalities.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is
raised in incorruption:
It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness;
it is raised in power:
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a
natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; Adam to Jesus
the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. How many Adams inbetween? Luke 3:38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was
the son of Adam, which was the son of God.
Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is
natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord
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 born the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly.
REINCARNATION IN THE BIBLE
As can be seen from the two definitions above, the two terms are very similar. Resurrection as used in the Bible, refers to reincarnation into a body.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was
Christ on the throne
given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded
for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had
the witnesses reign with CHRIST A THOUSAND YEARS
not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received
his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and
reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years
THE REST OF THE DEAD AFTER THE THOUSAND YEARS
NOTE: THIS VERSE DOES NOT APPEAR IN THE
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on
ACCORDING TO EDGAR CAYCE – HE IS AMONG THIS GROUP.HE IS REINCARNATED IN NEBRASKA AND TRAVELS TO NEW YORK AT AGE 8 IN ~2100AD WHERE THEY ARE STILL REBUILDING FROM THE WAR OR EARTHQUAKE.
such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of
God and of
Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
NOTE:THIS RESURECTION IS DEPICTED BY CAYCE AS BEING REBORN AND COGNIZANT OF PREVIOUS LIVES.
Edgar Cayce stated in one reading (294-185)he would be asked to serve in Christ’s government around (2158)2100 A.D.
In Rev. and others scriptures, “the first Resurection” is to raise the prophets from the dead to serve as “Priests and Kings” in the world government of Christ. This is the purpose Cayce claims he was born to in 2100 A.D. Resurection and Reincarnation both imply a separate soul that exists outside the body.
“I had been born again in 2100 A.D. in Nebraska. The sea apparently covered all of the western part of the country, as the city where I lived was on the coast. The family name was a strange one. At an early age as a child I declared myself to be Edgar Cayce who had lived 200 years before. Scientists, men with long beards, little hair, and thick glasses, were called in to observe me. They decided to visit the places where I said I had been born, lived, and worked in Kentucky, Alabama, New York, Michigan, and Virginia.
"Taking me with them the group of scientists visited these places in a long, cigar-shaped metal flying ship which moved at a high speed.
"Water covered part of Alabama. Norfolk, Virginia, had become an immense seaport. New York had been destroyed either by war or an immense earthquake and was being rebuilt. Industries were scattered over the countryside. Most of the houses were built of glass. Many records of my work as Edgar Cayce were discovered and collected.
"The group returned to Nebraska, taking the records with them to study... These changes in the Earth will come to pass, for the time and times and half times are at an end, and there begins those periods for the readjustments...”
The implications of Cayce being 8 years old when he is being examined for service indicates that reincarnation and resurrection are synonymous. In this example, Cayce could remember his past lives and pick up where he left off. The 3.5 years indicated in the highlighted text above occur just before Christ’s assumption of power.
The word reincarnation does not appear in the Bible directly. Due to the concept being referred to so often I have to wonder why. Pharisees , believers in reincarnation, were the Jewish sect to which Paul belonged. But the Sadducees, a purist sect of Judaism, rejected the Persian concepts of resurrection and all Hellenistic influences involving reincarnation that was happening in Jesus' day. Around 533 A.D “The Church”, which came more from Peter’s teachings, declared reincarnation as heresy.
The clearest reference to reincarnation in the Bible is the prophet Elijah (1st Kings 17:1, 9, 18:25, Malachi 4:5, Matthew 3:3, 11:7 through 15, 17:3 through 13, Mark 1:1 through 3, Luke 3:4, 4:25, John 1:23 ). For all the prophets and the law have prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who was to come. (Matt. 11:13-14). Elijah reappears as John who has no recollection of being Elijah (John 1:21 through 27). Elijah/John will come again (Matthew 17:10 through 13). Additional clear references to reincarnation are: (Heb. 11:13-16, 35), (Amos 9:2), (James 3:6, ASV) The phrase "wheel of nature" is mistranslated in other versions of the Bible as "the whole course of life." But James actually uses the phrase "trochos tes geneseos" which had a special meaning in those days. It literally means the "wheel of nature." By using this phrase, James gave this statement a specific technical reference to reincarnation (full references in the commentaries of Mayor and W. Bauer). The revolution of the wheel symbolizes the cycle of successive lives. The comparison of life to a wheel and the symbol of the wheel itself was and is a common symbol in many religions and civilizations referring to reincarnation.
One of Christ’s miracles which refers to reincarnation in a matter-of-fact way is the healing of the man born blind. (John 9:1)
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man,
or his parents, that he was born blind? How did he sin before he was born?
Christ was resurrected after three days and nights (1st Corinthians 15:20 thru 58 )(Acts 2:29). He was considered the first fruits because he had full knowledge of his life. His flesh did not see corruption. Lazarus was brought back to life after four days. What is the difference between Lazarus’ and Jesus’ resurrections and Why was Jesus considered the first fruit? Lazarus was healed and resurrected by Jesus not by his own efforts.
Jesus (a member of Christ) was the first man, Adam. He was of high 4th density and came many times to the 3rd density to help develop man. His last incarnation (Jesus) displayed an all-loving soul rising above 3rd density and displaying mastery of 4th density abilities which were not swayed by his un-loving surroundings. His forgiveness on the cross and his penetration of intelligent infinity at will harvested him to the fith density upon his death. Note that 5th density beings can control matter to the point of incarnating in any desired form and that many people did not recognize Jesus at first when he appeared after his death.
The Bible affirms the preexistence of the soul. He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish in his sight and love (Eph. 1:4). "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" (John 8:58). Look he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. (Rev. 1:7).
that the source of our souls is God and that the soul was traveling back to
oneness with God through the lessons learned over many lives. The orthodox
position that won is that souls are created at some point during conception and
birth, which has no biblical foundation.
beginning of Ephesians 4
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love”
and in Jeremiah 1:5,
“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.”
So the Pagan, non-biblical, view won again. By the way, the belief in the pre-existence of souls before birth is held by at least one modern church, the Mormons
As I noted before, The Pentateuch was provided to Moses by the God of Abraham, the prophecies including Revelations by Him or his messengers, and the rest by man. A notable exception to this is when men are quoting Jesus. Then the words are coming from Jesus and he speaks with authority from the original source.
The words of Christ clearly imply the preexistence of spiritual personalities and their reincarnation into physical bodies.
OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION ON REINCARNATION
The following are only a few experiences relating concepts or reincarnation. I have not proven (or disproved) any of these. As you read these and many others a concept of reincarnation begins to form which is made of an infinite combination of ingredients.
Accounts of NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES provide additional dimensions and implications to consider when studying reincarnation. One clear corollary to consider when reading accounts of NDE’s is people see and experience what they need to see and experience. The settings, personalities and script experience is a product of the person’s experience and understanding. Several consistencies in NDE accounts appear and some properties of the soul are revealed.
The human dimension understands and tries to operate within boundaries formed by rules and concepts. We cannot comprehend or function within an infinite system. When we do, we try to carve out a finite chunk and set our own boundaries. To this end, we provide properties, corollaries, rules/laws, analogies and metaphors for the observable relationships between the spirit and physical worlds. Christ gave us a few laws such as what you sow, you reap. The sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:5) is a good explanation of karmic law and the goals of reincarnation. Edgar Cayce provides an explanation of reincarnation and its goals in the readings provided while helping people.
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