Jews who believe in the Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), also believe in reincarnation

5 Responses to “Why do some Christians and Jews believe in Reincarnation?”

  • Prophecy Nut:

    A Christian who believes in reincarnation isn’t really a Christian. Ghosts, Purgatory,
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  • Christine:

    According to historians and scholars, the inhabitants of ancient Babylon, a city founded in the latter part of the third millennium B.C.E., toyed with the idea of the immortality of the human soul. The problem of immortality “engaged the serious attention of the Babylonian theologians,” said Morris Jastrow, Jr., in his book The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria. To the Babylonians, “death was a passage to another kind of life,” he explained. “No doubt, the impossibility for the individual to conceive of himself as forever deprived of consciousness, was at the bottom of the primitive theory of the perpetuity of existence in some form.”
    From that beginning in Babylon, teachings on the transmigration and rebirth of the soul also began to develop in other parts of the ancient world. Indian philosophers formulated an elaborate belief system around a cycle of rebirths based on the law of cause and effect, or Karma. Influential Greek philosophers also adopted the idea of reincarnation, giving it wide appeal.
    Coming to our time, there has been a surge of interest in reincarnation in Western countries. Celebrities and the younger generation have become fascinated with Eastern religious ideas and practices. Today, there is a profusion of books and Internet sites that discuss the significance of supposed past-life experiences. Fast becoming popular in many countries is what has been called past-life therapy. It promotes the use of hypnosis to explore people’s presumed previous lives in an effort to understand their present health and behavior patterns.

  • Seth:

    No intelligence?

  • Eva:

    For several reasons, some of which are included in the links you provided, e.g. Origen’s doctrine of metempsychosis, passages from the Biblical canon, e.g. “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out…” (Rev 3:12) where “out” implies out into the worlds of separation (again), as well as first-hand experience.

    Re. the latter, you may want to research the University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Sciences that track 2500+ cases of individuals who have startling recollection of past lives. You don’t even need to formally research these cases. Try “Soul Survivor” by the Leininger family… a book about a Christian family’s young son who starts reeling off names of his friends in World War II (some of whom are still alive and were reunited), the name of his aircraft carrier, where he “died” in his most recent incarnation, etc.

    Regardless of what one has been indoctrinated to believe, one cannot ignore the phenomena and/or claims. So, how else does one explain it?

    In short, to answer your question: a variety of sources that provide inexplicable evidence (if one adheres to specific Judeo-Christian ideas) but a rational explanation if one considers the possibility, e.g. children that are fluent in Egyptian, Aramaic, Hebrew, French and English or other prodigies, e.g. Akiana that suggest they recall this “knowledge” from prior incarnations.

    Most mystical branches have understood this truth, but in varying degrees of accuracy. There is a Christian Cypriot mystic who elaborates in exquisite detail the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of reincarnation (who, incidentally, was able to recall all of his past lives)

    Hope this helps…

  • Sὶℜὶሁs ℜℯ❡ℯnℯrᶏtℯ∂:

    Its NOT only a Kabbalism doctrine. Its scriptural aswell. Jesus said John the Baptist was the spirit of Elijah. John ONLY said he wasn’t him in the Body. But agreed that he did have his spirit.

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