Saturday, May 12, 2018

Christians have Heaven..not reincarnation


"Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in me. There are many dwelling places in my Father’s house. Otherwise, I would have told you. I am going away to make ready a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that where I am you may be too." 
~ Jesus Christ
Christians have Heaven..not reincarnation 
One reason Christians don’t believe in reincarnation—the belief that we come back to life over and over again—is because they believe in heaven.
After all, if heaven is real (as Christians believe), then there isn’t any need for an endless cycle of dying and coming back to Earth. In fact, why would we want to return time and time again to the pain and insecurities of this life? Ahead of us is the glory of heaven! As the Bible says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
There is, however, another reason why Christians reject the idea of reincarnation. It is this: No matter how long we lived—or how many lives we had—we could never erase the stain of sin that keeps us from God. In other words, we could never reach perfection. But God loves us and has provided the way for all our sins to be forgiven. That way is Jesus Christ, who died as the one final sacrifice for our sins.
Don’t be misled by false hopes or deceptive dreams that will only take you down the wrong path. Instead, face your own need of God and by faith commit yourself to Jesus Christ. In Him we have hope—hope for this life and hope for life with Him in heaven forever.
~Billy Graham 
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What is the Christian position on reincarnation? Reincarnation is contradictory to the message of Jesus Christ. The Church recognized this already centuries ago. The Second Council of Constantinople in A.D. 553 decreed an anathema against it. 

The Bible teaches that human life is decisive and wholly unrepeatable. Each human being, as God's image-bearer, is unique. We are responsible to God for our actions in the here and now. Death is not a transfer to a possibly higher existence depending on our behaviour on earth. The wicked, rich man in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus could not return to earth again. The Bible says: "...it is appointed to man once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).

The Christian confesses that God's justice prevails. He may not be able to understand God's ways, but he believes that all things "work together for good to them that love God" (Rom. 8:28). God's grace works even in the worst of circumstances. Suffering has meaning in the light of the cross of Christ. And we may not take retribution for injustice into our own hands. "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" (Rom. 12:19).

The future blessedness of believers is not merely the continued existence of the soul. The believer looks forward to the resurrection of the body. He shall become like the risen and ascended Christ. "When he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2).

~ Johan D. Tangelder



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